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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

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


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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