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Aliens of Ambien

Identifier

002367

Type of spiritual experience

Hallucination

A description of the experience

From Subtle Hallucinations - Zolpidem (Ambien) by Skygge EROWID [edited for brevity]

My dad has had a problem sleeping for as long as I can remember, but it was only recently that he sought a pharmaceutical remedy. ………… I found one of the half-empty pill bottles on his dresser a while back. My friends had all tried it and said good things about it, so I figured I'd try it.

So a few days later, I took 10mg right before I went to bed. I was lying on my back, more or less trying to sleep, looking at the light coming in through the outsides of the doorway. It was after a few minutes of doing this, that I noticed the effects.

…….., I began to see patterns in the bricks. At first it was just a swirling inside them but eventually, they looked like people. Not really people, though. They looked like aliens to me. This was simultaneously hilarious and terrifying at the time and I decided it would be best if I just went inside and went to bed. ……….

 Ambien is really, really powerful. I did it several times after the above experience, but never had the hallucinations to such a degree again. Every time I did it after the first time, it hit me like a freight train within 15 minutes.

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