short for Dextromethorphan. In small amounts its a very effective cough suppressant, but
in large amounts it is a very powerful dissociative drug. Keep in mind that codine and other
opiates suppress coughs too, they would just be abused even more than dxm if they were used in cough medicines. It is found in many
over-the-counter cough medicines, and the psychedelic effects begin somewhere over 120mg,
but becomes toxic around 20-30 mg/kg. This drug has been used for recreational purposes
for around 30 years. When taken recreationally the "trip" usually lasts around
5-6 hours. Thats including the come-up, peak and come-down.
Also, most people
who take it expirence an "afterglow" the next day which is the slight
after-effects of the drug. The feeling of an afterglow is hard to explain, because you can
usually definately tell its there, and yet you can usually do everything normally, and its
hardly noticable. The afterglow isnt usually very strong but can vary on the person's
metabolism, and their dosage and weight.
This drug is
mildly addictive, but usually only mentally. Some users say it can become physically
addictive after prolonged daily/semi-daily use. This drug can be fairly safe for
recreational use, if used responsibly. For more info on the bad effects of this
drug see: Warnings.
Some people have
different reactions to DXM, it depends on the person. Two people might take the same dose
according to their weight, and one guy might be like "Damn I was fucked up!",
and the other guy could be like "Dude, that stuff got me thinking about my
life", it all depends on the person.
Dextromethorphan reacts with oxygen at room temperature, though not at any appreciable
rate. However, at 395-397 Kelvin, Dextromethorphan Hydrobromide's melting point, this
changes and Dextromethorphan reacts with oxygen to produce some very toxic chemicals. Free
("freebase") Dextromethorphan will also react with oxygen at its melting point.
Anyone attempting to smoke Dextromethorphan in the presence of oxygen under normal
atmospheric conditions will only end up inhaling nasty compounds such as nitric oxide and
the organic products of combustion. This information is easily verified by looking at a
Material Safety Data Sheet for this substance. Dextromethorphan reacts rapidly with oxygen
at temperatures above 360 Kelvin. It is in everyone's best interest to know that
Dextromethorphan is not "smokeable".
Dextromethorphan Hydrobromide: This is what you get when you react DXM with hydrobromic
acid. This is what is most commonly used for cough suppressants and for recreational use.
This produces different effects on different doses. We refer to them as plateaus, and
there are 4 of them.
Dextromethorphan Polistirex: This is another form of DXM that is time-released.
It basically has a edible plastic around some of the DXM. This is used in some cough
medicines, so when some of the DXM has worn off, then some more will kick in. This is
usually not the preferred type of DXM to use recreationally, because it usually takes
longer for it to kick in, and it sometimes is not as strong.