I had a somewhat interesting experience the other day. The interesting bit about it was, that as far as I knew, I was not under the influence of any drug or psychotropic substance. My initial thoughts when I noticed what was occurring, was that the experience was very much similar to spacing out while under the effects of a chemical compound such as Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) but more towards the spacing out after consuming a member of the Psilocybe family of fungi. While not as extreme as the Psilocybe experience, it was still very surprising… mainly because at that point in time I was not expecting anything of the nature to occur, nor had I ingested any mind altering substances for a fair amount of time.
Of course, being some sort of a paranoid type, I started to attempt self diagnosis by Internet (which is typically a bad idea since symptoms of all kinds tend to overlap with all kinds of medical conditions and diseases). The fact that I basically had only a single symptom to work with didn’t really help much either and I ended up with a self diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 33. On the bright side, my self diagnosis accuracy up to this point in time has proven to be 0% – so I probably don’t have Alzheimer’s. Anyway, here’s an attempt at crowdsourcing a diagnosis… I’ve attached a number of graphs below which attempt to describe attention (in percent) versus time. Note that the time axis is in seconds and is in no means to be a 100% accurate reflection of the experience, but is more there to give a relative idea of time rather than a definitive measurement. I’d also like to add that these experiments did not break any laws of any kind and experiments with substances were conducted in a country where consumption is legal. Continue reading