Tactile effects

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Tactile effects can be defined as any effect which affects one's sense of touch.

This page lists and describes the various tactile effects which can occur under the influence of certain psychoactive compounds such as hallucinogens, entactogens, stimulants and dissociatives.


Main article: Tactile enhancement

Tactile enhancement can be described as an overall enhancement in the intensity of one's sense of touch and a general increase in a person's overall awareness of the physical sensations across their body. At its highest level, this can extreme enough that the exact location and current sensation of every single nerve ending across one's skin can be felt and comprehended all at once. In contrast, throughout normal sober living, most people can only maintain awareness of the tactile sensations which are relevant to their current situation.

This effect can result in tactile sensations such as touching, hugging, kissing, and sex becoming greatly enhanced in terms of the pleasure they induce. However, it can also result in an over-sensitivity of the skin which causes the same sensations to become uncomfortable and overwhelming.


Main article: Tactile suppression

Tactile suppression can be described as a decrease in one's ability to feel their sense of touch in a manner which can result a general numbness across the body. At higher levels, this can eventually increase to the point where physical sensations have been completely blocked and the body is fully anesthetized.

This effect is commonly felt under the influence of moderate to heavy dosages of dissociative compounds.


Tactile hallucinations can be described as the experience of convincing physical sensations which are not occurring within reality. Common examples of this can include people or insects touching the body in various places and in a wide variety of ways. Alternatively, these hallucinations can be felt as complex and structured arrangements of vibration across the skin.

This effect may be also accompanied by visual hallucinations. For example, during internal and external hallucinations one may be able to touch and feel imagined objects or autonomous entities in exactly the same way as within normal everyday dreams. The sensations that are possible within these hallucinations could be almost anything and can even include pain or sexual pleasure.

Spontaneous physical sensations

Spontaneous physical sensations can be described as the experience of sensations across the body occurring without any obvious or immediate physical trigger. This results in feelings of seemingly random but distinct tingling sensations that occur across the skin and within the body. Depending on the psychoactive substance consumed, these vary greatly in their alternative styles of sensation but can be broken down into three basic levels of intensity. These are described and documented below:

  1. Mild - The lowest level of the sensation can be described as subtle and fleeting tingling sensations throughout the body that do not impair physical motor control and can essentially be ignored if one wishes to do so.
  2. Distinct - At this level, the sensation becomes impossible to ignore. It can be described as distinct tingling sensations which are intense enough to partially impair a person’s motor control and act as a signifigant distraction which impairs one's focus.
  3. Overwhelming – The highest level occurs when the tingling sensations have increased enough to become a powerful, uncontrollable focus point of attention. This can feel completely overwhelming and heavily impair a person's motor control, leaving them either lying or sitting down, incapable of standing up, or writhing in the all-encompassing sensations.


The differences between each differing style of "body high" can be broken down into the following basic variations.

  • Moving vs. Motionless – Spontaneous physical sensations will either move themselves up and down various parts of the body in spontaneous directions or they will remain still and consistent in their position.
  • Constant vs. Spontaneous – Spontaneous physical sensations will either be constantly present throughout a significant portion of the experience or they will spontaneously and temporarily manifest themselves at random points for differing lengths of time.
  • Sharp vs. Soft – Spontaneous physical sensations will either be perceived to feel soft, warm, and gentle on the skin or sharp, cold, and electric.
  • All-encompassing vs. Location specific - Spontaneous physical sensations can either be felt across every square inch of the skin in an evenly distributed fashion or in very specific locations such as the ends of the fingers and toes, up and down the spinal column or throughout the head.
  • Euphoric vs. Dysphoric – At appropriately high dosages, spontaneous physical sensations and tingling nerve endings can either be interpreted as pleasurable to experience or they can manifest in the opposite direction and become uncomfortable to experience.

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