Colour enhancement

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Color enhancement can be described as the experience of colors becoming extremely bright or vivid and standing out.[1][2] During this experience, reds may seem “redder”, greens may seem “greener, ” etc and all colors will likely have become much more distinct, powerful, and intense to look at than they comparatively would be during everyday sober living.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10]

Studies have also suggested an accompanying effect of decreased hue discrimination resulting in anecdotal accounts of perceiving colours which are seemingly impossible.[3][4]

Colour enhancement is often accompanied by other coinciding effects such as acuity enhancement and pattern recognition enhancement.[9][10] It is most commonly induced under the influence of mild 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.

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Psychoactive substances

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

Experience reports

Annectdotal reports which describe this effect with our experience index include:

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  3. 3.0 3.1 Hartman, A. M., & Hollister, L. E. (1963). Effect of mescaline, lysergic acid diethylamide and psilocybin on color perception. Psychopharmacologia, 4(6), 449-451.
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  7. Luke, D., & Terhune, D. B. (2013). The induction of synaesthesia with chemical agents: a systematic review. Frontiers in psychology, 4, 753.
  8. Dillon, P., Copeland, J., & Jansen, K. (2003). Patterns of use and harms associated with non-medical ketamine use. Drug & Alcohol Dependence, 69(1), 26.
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