Drifting

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White Wolf Drinking Water by Anonymous - This animated .gif serves as an image example for a very common manifestation of psychedelic visual drifting which is specifically in the form of flowing.

Drifting is defined as the experience of the texture, shape, and general structure of objects and scenery appearing progressively warped, melted, and morphed across themselves.[1][2][3] These alterations gradually increase in intensity as a person stares, but are temporary and will reset to their normal appearance the moment a person double takes.

This effect is capable of manifesting itself across the 4 different levels of intensity described below:

  1. Peripheral - At the lowest level, visual drifting can be described as a wiggling of straight lines within the external environment. This occurs exclusively within a person's peripheral vision and cannot be directly looked at.
  2. Direct - At this level, visual drifting does not necessarily increase in intensity, but can now be directly looked at within a person's central line of sight. This partially alters the appearance and form of shapes, objects, and sceneries within the external environment, causing them to subtly drift, bend, and morph.
  3. Distinct - At this level, visual drifting becomes powerful enough to drastically alter and transform the shape of specific objects within a person's external environment. If one stares at a fixed point and keeps their eyes relatively motionless, the effect can be powerful enough to render objects progressively unrecognizable from their original form.
  4. All-encompassing - At the highest level of visual drifting, the intensity becomes powerful enough to distort not just specific objects, but every single point of a person's vision and the entirety of the external environment. This creates the appearance of an extremely smudged, warped, and blended mass of unrecognisable visual data.

Drifting is often accompanied by other coinciding effects such as symmetrical texture repetition and tracers.[1][4] It is most commonly induced under the influence of moderate dosages of psychedelic compounds, such as LSD, psilocybin, and mescaline. However, it can also occur to a lesser extent under the influence of certain stimulants and dissociatives such as MDMA or 3-MeO-PCP.

The particular style of this visual effect depends on the specific continuously changing direction, speed, and rhythm of the distortion. This results in a small variety of different manifestations which are defined and listed below:

Morphing

Morphing can be described as a style of visual drifting which is completely disorganised and spontaneous in both its rhythm and direction. It results in objects and scenery appearing to change gradually, morph, and warp in their size, shape, and configuration.

Breathing

Breathing can be described as a style of visual drifting which results in objects and scenery appearing to steadily contract inwards and expand outwards in a consistent rhythm, similar to the lungs of a living organism.

Melting

Melting can be described as a style of visual drifting which results in the texture of objects and scenery appearing to completely or partially melt. It begins at lower intensities as a gradual distortion of an object's texture which causes them to subtly droop, wobble, and lose their structural integrity. This gradually increases until it becomes impossible to ignore as the lines, textures, and colour between solid objects melt into one another in an extremely fluid style.

Flowing

Flowing can be described as a style of visual drifting which seems to occur almost exclusively on textures (particularly if they are highly detailed, complex, or rough in appearance). It results in the textures appearing to flow like a river in a seamless, looped animation. It is particularly common on wood grain or the fur of animals.

Image examples

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Experience:337mg DMT fumarate - A Day With DMT
Propylhexedrine
Experience: 5-EAPB (60mg) + 2-FMA (20mg) + 4-AcO-DMT (10mg) - Emotional catharsis
3C-E
Experience:1mg 25c-NBOMe - Experiment in my room
Experience:30mg - Horrible bodyload
Experience:45mg 2cc & 45mg 4-aco-dmt - Ego death and loneliness
Diphenhydramine
Ayahuasca
Experience: 36mg 4-AcO-DiPT - Truly, one for the psychedelic animals among us
ΑMT
AL-LAD
Experience:1050 µg 1cP-LSD - The matrix
DOM
LSD
ALD-52
Experience: 80mg EPT - Slight improvement
Experience:300µg AL-LAD - Don't worry, because you're everyone!
Experience:Mushrooms and Snuff Films -- Trip Report (3.5 grams)
The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh.gifThe Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh
2-FEA
Experience:2.5g Peganum Harmala + 250µg LSD - Ecstasy of Love and Misanthropy
A-PHP
Drifting cat by Anonymous.gifDrifting Cat by Anonymous
1P-ETH-LAD
5-MeO-DALT
25C-NBOMe
Psilocybin mushrooms
4-HO-MPT
Dextromethorphan
Experience:4-HO-MET 22mg oral
4-HO-DET
Experience:170mg 4-AcO-DMT - Recklessness rewarded
4-AcO-MiPT
Amphetamine
Bromo-DragonFLY
Experience:A combination of DOC, 5-MAPB, 5-MeO-DMT, ETH-LAD, Cannabis, Pentedrone
TMA-6
3,4-CTMP
Symmetric pattern drifting.gifSymmetric drifting patterns by Anonymous
4-AcO-DiPT
Psilocin
Methamphetamine
DET
Mirtazapine
DOB
Experience: 32mg 2C-B - Bromo Mescaline
Experience:5.3g psilocybe cubensis - Dimensional Circumstance and the Fabric of Understanding
Experience:Into the Multiverse
Experience:6-10g Red Maeng Da - Minor Dissociation and a Peculiar "Nod"
Experience:20mg 4-HO-DET, Triping for my birthday
Experience:2.5g - Swim's first mushroom trip
Experience:1000 Morning Glory seeds - Rediscovering the Self
1B-LSD
Experience: 15mg 2C-B (oral) - A pleasant low-dose evening with Nexus
Experience:LSA (20 HWBR seeds) – A pleasant adventure with a harsh body load
Experience: 450 Datura seeds - Talking to Ghosts
5-MeO-DMT
Experience:DXM & DPH in combination
Experience:BK-2C-B - Various experiences
DOC
DPT
Experience:~150mg MDA(oral) - a case of mistaken identity
Ibogaine
Red Woods by CountRoloff.jpgRedwoods by CountRoloff
Experience:354mg DXM, weed, nicotine - Descending into the void
2C-T-21
Experience:150mg MDMA + 20mg 2C-B - I designed it this way myself
Experience:30mg 4-HO-MiPT - Positively groovy
2-FMA
Experience:75 mg - Good tunes feat. Jeb Bush
Experience:225ug LSD + 9g cubensis - Galactic Melt and the Meverse
Experience:2 hits of LSD + weed - Mindfuck
Experience:3 drops of cinnamon bark oil/ 5 drops of german chamomile oil/ 2mL of nutmeg oil in lecithin - experiments with nutmeg oil
Mobile Phone by Chelsea Morgan.jpgMobile phone by Chelsea Morgan
Experience:250 seeds - Harsh body load
Flowing Fruit.gifFlowing fruit by Anonymous
LSA
Experience:25mg Quetiapine - Nice buzz
Experience:800 seeds LSA - My First Trip Ever
Experience:Zopiclone hppd?
MiPLA
Experience: 80mg EPT - Bummer
Experience:40 mg 4-HO-MPT - Underwhelming Experience
Salvinorin A
Experience:40mg DMT - Second breakthrough
5-MeO-DiBF
Tumblr n37xm8eyf31r8oyaho1 400.gifDrifting gun by Anonymous
Wood.gifBreathing wooden post by Chelsea Morgan
Experience:230ug of LSD- An amazing adventure by vikilikepsych
2bZZ1Dg.jpgDrifting by Anonymous
Experience:3.5g Syrian rue + 30g Mimosa Hostilis brew - flying through a rainbow tunnel
Experience:50mg - How's the short-term memory?
2C-B
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor
4-AcO-DMT
2C-T-2
Cyclazodone
Experience:4-HO-MiPT / A care free psychedelic getaway
Experience:120µg LSD - First Bad Acid Trip, Psychosis
5-Hydroxytryptophan
Experience:3.5g psilocybe cubensis - Relinquishing of Material Chains/Fear and Desolation
Experience:700mg - Joining the 700 club
Experience:120mg - Garden of The Gods
Experience:100ug 1P-LSD - A Fear and loathing into Bliss
ETH-LAD
TMA-2
PMA
Zopiclone
MCPP
2C-P
PRO-LAD
1P-LSD
5-MeO-DiPT
25B-NBOH
4-HO-MET
25I-NBOMe
A-PVP
Experience:800ug LSD - 3D Vision
PMMA
25B-NBOMe
2C-I
Experience:300µg LSD - Togetherness and the Silent Dusk
MiPT
Experience:20x Extract - a tall humanoid figure wearing a white cloak
Proscaline
Experience:5g Mushrooms - Failed attempt at a Terence Mckenna style trip.
Experience:40mg smoked - Ego death and unity with a friend
5-MeO-MiPT
Desoxypipradrol
Experience:Datura & DPH - Results of Experiment by Isopropanol
4-HO-DPT
Lisdexamfetamine
Experience:Datura Alcoholic Tincture
Βk-2C-B
Experience:30mg - Psychostimulant egodeath
25C-NBOH
Experience:2 grams Psilocybe Cubensis + 2.7 grams Syrian Rue - The Psilohuasca Albino Fox
Experience:DMT (~50mg) + Cannabis - Geometric Angels
LSM-775
Experience:2.5g Syrian rue + 6g Mimosa Hostilis - Becoming God (my second experience with unity)
Mescaline
DAT BREATHIN' YO!.gifBreathing wooden post by Anonymous
Experience:LSD (120ug) - An Overdose of LSD and Trip into Insanity
4-HO-DiPT
Experience:2g Syrian rue + 1g Mimosa Hostilis - These voices are the building blocks of consciousness
GABAergic hallucinogens
Experience:4-AcO-DMT + 200mg Pill
Amanita muscaria
Experience: 18 mg 2C-I - Visually intense and strong bodily sensations
2C-C
Galantamine
Datura
Experience:2.5g Mushrooms + 500mg DMT
4-HO-MiPT
Visual Drifting by Anonymous.jpgVisual drifting by Anonymous
25D-NBOMe
LSZ
Experience:2 x 150 LSD tabs
4-AcO-DET
2C-D
EPT
Wibbly Wobbly Bed Room by Chelsea Morgan.jpgWibbly Wobbly Bedroom by Chelsea Morgan
MET
Allylescaline
4-HO-EPT
2C-B-FLY
Experience:Unknown dosage / 3 tabs - Ego death and a total break through in the snow
Experience: LSD (Unknown dosage) - My experiences with LSD and anorexia/bulemia
Benzydamine
Experience: 300mg DXM (Oral) - Brink of the third
Experience:4.5g - The Grand Introduction to Beauty and Fear
Zolpidem
DOI
Methallylescaline
Escaline
Experience:30mg (smoked) DMT - The Monolith
Ephenidine
4-AcO-MET
Experience:225ug - Sheer Awe and Joy
PARGY-LAD
LucytheFairy.gifLucy the Fairy by StingrayZ
Experience:1064mgs - Fascinating DXM experience - Unusual effects
Efavirenz
2C-T-7
DiPT
25N-NBOMe
Experience:4x 200ug tabs - You do not need to understand
Bufotenin
Experience: 22mg 2C-B (oral) / 100ug 1P-LSD (sublingual) - My first time tripping alone (2 days in a row)
Experience:5 yopo seeds - Midnight Jungle
Experience:250mg MDA / 250mg MDMA - unnecessarily large dosage
White Wolf Drinking Water by Anonymous.gifWhite Wolf Drinking Water by Anonymous
25I-NBOH
Experience:2mg 25C-NBOMe - Experimental trip to test personal limits of NBOMes
2C-E
DMT
Experience:Unknown Dose DOC (Insufflated) - Overdosing and Terifying Ego Death
MPT
Experience:25mg (insufflated) - Simultaneously amazing and horrible
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Variations

The specific differences between each potential style of drifting can be broken down into the following variations and may occur independent of effect intensity:

  • Intricate vs. Simplistic – Drifting can alter the external environment in a way that spreads out in many different complex directions and results in the original piece of sensory input becoming completely unrecognisable in appearance. Alternately, it can be simplistic in nature consisting of simple warping, wiggling and bending even at high dosages of psychoactive substances.
  • Slow vs. Fast – Drifting can manifest as alterations that progress at a sudden rate and produce fast movement in the visual field or it can manifest gradually and move slowly as a person stares into it.
  • Smooth vs. Jittery – Drifting can manifest as a smooth, fluid, and seamless movement or it can manifest as jittery with an extremely slow frame rate that moves in sudden and partial transitions.
  • Static vs. Fleeting – Drifting can either freeze in its distorted position until one performs a double take or can be extremely fleeting in nature, resetting almost as soon as a person tries to look directly at it.
  • Realistic vs. Unrealistic – Drifting can either look convincingly natural and life-like in its appearance and motion or can look extremely cartoon-like, exaggerated and unrealistic.

Psychoactive substances

Compounds within our psychoactive substance index which may cause this effect include:

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Experience reports

Anecdotal reports which describe this effect within our experience index include:

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See also

External Links

References

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