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LSD and MDMA: What is Candy Flipping?

Clinically Reviewed by: Charee Marquez, LMFT

Candy flipping, a term coined in the realm of psychedelic culture, refers to the simultaneous use of MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine) and a psychedelic substance, often LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) or psilocybin mushrooms. This unique combination promises a distinct and powerful experience that enthusiasts praise for its intensified euphoria and enhanced introspection. Let’s delve into the world of candy flipping, exploring its effects, benefits, risks, and best practices.

Clinically Reviewed by Charee Marquez, LMFT

Exploring Candy Flipping

Candy flipping is a term used to describe the practice of combining LSD and MDMA during a psychedelic experience. It involves taking both substances simultaneously or in close succession to enhance the effects and create a unique altered state of consciousness. This combination is believed to create a synergistic effect, where the individual experiences the hallucinogenic properties of LSD and the euphoria and empathy associated with MDMA.

What is LSD?

LSD, commonly known as acid, is a powerful hallucinogenic drug that alters an individual’s perception, thoughts, and feelings. It is derived from ergot fungus and usually comes in the form of small squares of paper soaked in LSD solution or as a liquid. LSD is known for its ability to induce vivid hallucinations, amplify emotions, and promote introspection.

Street Names

LSD, or lysergic acid diethylamide, is known by various street names, though it’s important to note that these names can vary regionally. Here are some street names associated with LSD:

  1. Acid: The most common and straightforward street name for LSD.

  2. Lucy: A short form derived from “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” a song by The Beatles that is often associated with the drug.

  3. Tabs: Referring to the small, often square-shaped pieces of blotter paper on which LSD is commonly distributed.

  4. Doses: Another term used to describe individual units or doses of LSD, typically on blotter paper.

  5. Hits: Similar to “doses,” referring to individual doses of LSD.

  6. Blotter: A term referencing the paper, often decorated with colorful designs, that LSD is commonly distributed on.

  7. Trips: Referring to the hallucinogenic experiences or “trips” induced by LSD.

  8. Dots: A term sometimes used to describe small amounts of LSD, often on blotter paper.

  9. Microdots: Referring to small tablets or pellets that may contain LSD.

  10. Yellow Sunshine: A term sometimes used to refer to LSD, particularly in the form of colored tablets.

Types

The common types or forms of LSD include:

  1. Blotter Paper: This is the most common form of LSD distribution. The drug is often applied to absorbent paper, which is then divided into small squares or tabs. Each square, commonly referred to as a “hit” or “tab,” represents an individual dose. The paper may have colorful designs or images.

  2. Liquid LSD: LSD can be dissolved in liquid form, often in a small dropper bottle. Users may place drops of liquid LSD directly on their tongues or add them to another substance, such as a sugar cube, for ingestion.

  3. Gel Tabs or Windowpane: In some cases, LSD is distributed in the form of gel tabs or as a clear, gelatin-like substance known as “windowpane.” These forms may provide an alternative to traditional blotter paper and can be consumed orally.

  4. Microdots: Microdots are small tablets or pellets that contain LSD. They are less common than blotter paper but still represent a form of the drug. The size and appearance can vary.

  5. Capsules: In rare instances, LSD may be found in capsule form. The drug is enclosed in a gelatin or other type of capsule for ingestion.

Dosages

Typical dosages of LSD can be categorized as follows:

  1. Threshold Dose (20 – 50 mcg): The threshold dose is the smallest amount of LSD that can produce perceptible effects. At this level, users may experience mild changes in perception and mood.

  2. Light Dose (50 – 100 mcg): A light dose of LSD can lead to more noticeable effects, including altered sensory perception, enhanced colors, and changes in thought patterns. Users may experience a sense of euphoria.

  3. Standard Dose (100 – 200 mcg): This range is commonly considered a standard dose for recreational use. Users may experience pronounced visual distortions, changes in time perception, and an intensified psychedelic experience.

  4. Moderate Dose (200 – 300 mcg): A moderate dose of LSD can lead to more intense hallucinations, vivid visual distortions, and profound changes in consciousness. Users may find it challenging to maintain a connection with reality.

  5. High Dose (300 – 500 mcg and above): High doses of LSD can result in extremely intense and overwhelming experiences. Users may undergo ego dissolution, lose their sense of self, and experience a profound disconnection from reality. The potential for a “bad trip” increases at higher doses.

It’s crucial to emphasize that the effects of LSD are highly individual, and even within the same dosage range, experiences can vary.

It’s important to note that the choice of distribution form often depends on the preferences of those manufacturing or distributing the drug.

Onset and Duration

The onset and duration of LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) effects can vary from person to person and depend on factors such as dosage, individual sensitivity, and the user’s mental and emotional state. LSD is a hallucinogenic drug that alters perception, mood, and various cognitive processes. Here are general timelines for the onset and duration of LSD effects:

Onset:

  • Initial Effects: LSD typically begins to take effect within 20 to 90 minutes after ingestion. This can vary, and some individuals may start to feel the effects sooner or later.

Duration:

  • Primary Effects: The primary effects of LSD usually last for about 6 to 12 hours. During this time, users may experience alterations in sensory perception, enhanced colors, distorted time perception, and changes in thought patterns.

  • Peak Effects: The peak of the LSD experience, where the effects are most intense, often occurs around 2 to 4 hours after ingestion.

  • Plateau and Gradual Decline: After the peak, users may experience a plateau phase where the intensity of effects remains relatively stable before gradually declining. The overall duration of noticeable effects can extend beyond the peak hours.

  • Aftereffects: Some users may experience residual effects or aftereffects for several hours to a day after the primary effects diminish. These aftereffects may include changes in mood, altered perception, and lingering sensory enhancements.

It’s important to note that LSD is a potent substance, and its effects can be unpredictable. The subjective experience can vary widely, and factors such as the user’s mental state, environment, and emotional well-being play significant roles.

Legal Status

Here is a brief overview of the legal status of LSD in several regions:

  1. United States: LSD is classified as a Schedule I controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act. This means it is considered to have a high potential for abuse, no accepted medical use, and a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision. Possession, distribution, and manufacture are illegal.

  2. United Kingdom: LSD is classified as a Class A drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act. Possession, production, and distribution are illegal, and penalties can be severe.

  3. Canada: LSD is listed as a Schedule III controlled substance under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Possession, production, and distribution are illegal.

  4. Australia: LSD is classified as a Schedule 9 substance, making it illegal to possess, produce, or distribute. Penalties vary by state.

  5. European Union: LSD is generally listed as a controlled substance in most European countries. The specific legal status may vary, but it is typically illegal.

It’s crucial to be aware of and comply with the laws regarding controlled substances in your jurisdiction.

What is MDMA?

MDMA, often referred to as ecstasy or Molly, is a synthetic psychoactive substance known for its empathogenic and entactogenic effects. It enhances feelings of love, empathy, and connection with others. MDMA is commonly consumed in the form of tablets or capsules and is popular in social settings, such as parties or music festivals.

Street Names

Here are some street names associated with MDMA:

  1. Ecstasy: The most common and widely used street name for MDMA.

  2. Molly: Often used to refer to crystalline or powder form of MDMA, believed by some to be more pure than ecstasy pills.

  3. E: A shortened form of ecstasy, commonly used to describe the drug.

  4. X: Another abbreviation for ecstasy.

  5. Adam: A term sometimes used to refer to MDMA, possibly derived from “Adam and Eve.”

  6. Rolls: Slang for ecstasy pills.

  7. Beans: A term used to describe ecstasy pills, particularly those shaped like beans.

  8. Love Drug: Reflecting the drug’s association with heightened feelings of empathy and love.

  9. Hug Drug: Referring to the drug’s reputation for inducing feelings of warmth and emotional closeness.

  10. Scooby Snacks: A playful term for ecstasy pills, often used in reference to their appearance.

  11. Dancing Shoes: A term highlighting the association of MDMA with increased energy and desire to dance.

Types

Here are the main types or forms of MDMA:

  1. Crystalline MDMA: Also known as “Molly,” crystalline MDMA appears as a white or off-white powder. It is often considered to be a purer form of the drug compared to ecstasy pills. However, the purity can vary widely, and substances may be added.

  2. Ecstasy Pills: MDMA is commonly pressed into pills or tablets, often with various colors, shapes, and imprints. These pills can contain additional substances, such as fillers, binders, or other drugs, which may impact the overall effect.

  3. Capsules: MDMA can be found encapsulated in gelatin capsules. This form may be encountered less frequently than powder or pills.

It’s important to note that the purity and composition of MDMA can vary, and there is a risk of adulteration with other substances.

Dosages

Typical dosages of MDMA can be categorized as follows:

  1. Low Dose (50 – 75 mg): A low dose of MDMA may produce mild euphoria, increased sociability, and heightened sensory perception.

  2. Standard Dose (75 – 125 mg): This is considered a common or standard dose for many users. It can lead to increased energy, empathy, and a sense of emotional openness.

  3. Medium Dose (125 – 150 mg): A medium dose of MDMA may intensify the effects, including pronounced euphoria, enhanced sensory perception, and increased sociability.

  4. High Dose (150 – 200 mg and above): Higher doses can lead to more intense effects, but they also increase the risk of adverse reactions, including dehydration, hyperthermia, and serotonin syndrome.

Onset and Duration

MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine), commonly known as ecstasy or Molly, is a synthetic drug with stimulant and hallucinogenic properties. The onset and duration of MDMA effects can vary from person to person and are influenced by factors such as dosage, individual sensitivity, and environmental conditions. Here is a general timeline for the onset and duration of MDMA effects:

Onset:

  • Initial Effects: MDMA typically takes effect within 30 minutes to 1 hour after ingestion. Users may start to feel a gradual onset of euphoria, increased energy, and enhanced sensory perception.

Duration:

  • Primary Effects: The primary effects of MDMA usually last for approximately 3 to 6 hours. During this time, users may experience heightened empathy, emotional openness, increased tactile sensitivity, and a sense of connection with others.

  • Peak Effects: The peak of MDMA effects, where sensations are most intense, often occurs around 1.5 to 2.5 hours after ingestion.

  • Plateau and Gradual Decline: After the peak, users may experience a plateau phase where the intensity of effects remains relatively stable before gradually declining. The overall duration of noticeable effects can extend beyond the peak hours.

  • Aftereffects: Following the primary effects, users may experience an afterglow or aftereffects for a few hours. These aftereffects may include feelings of contentment, emotional vulnerability, and residual stimulation.

  • Post-Effects: In some cases, users may experience a period of post-effects or a “comedown” phase, which can involve feelings of fatigue, irritability, and a temporary decrease in mood. The comedown phase may last for several hours to a day.

Legal Status

Here is a brief overview of the legal status of MDMA in several regions:

  1. United States: MDMA is classified as a Schedule I controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act. This means it is considered to have a high potential for abuse, no accepted medical use, and a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision. Possession, distribution, and manufacture are illegal.

  2. United Kingdom: MDMA is classified as a Class A drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act. Possession, production, and distribution are illegal, and penalties can be severe.

  3. Canada: MDMA is listed as a Schedule III controlled substance under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Possession, production, and distribution are illegal.

  4. Australia: MDMA is classified as a Schedule 9 substance, making it illegal to possess, produce, or distribute. Penalties vary by state.

  5. European Union: In many European countries, MDMA is classified as a controlled substance. The specific legal status may vary, but it is generally illegal.

It’s crucial to be aware of and comply with the laws regarding controlled substances in your jurisdiction.

The Synergistic Effects of LSD and MDMA

When LSD and MDMA are taken together, they create a unique and intense experience. LSD amplifies sensory perceptions, expands consciousness, and induces profound introspection. On the other hand, MDMA enhances sociability, increases empathy, and produces feelings of emotional warmth. The combination of these two substances can result in a highly introspective and emotionally charged journey, where users may experience a deep sense of connection with themselves, others, and the world around them.

Dosage and Safety Considerations

It is essential to note that candy flipping requires careful consideration of dosage and safety. Both LSD and MDMA are potent substances that can have profound effects on the mind and body. Combining them increases the intensity of the experience, which can be overwhelming for some individuals. It is crucial to start with low doses, especially if you are inexperienced or unfamiliar with the effects of either substance. Additionally, testing the purity and potency of the substances is highly recommended to ensure harm reduction.

Preparing for a Candy Flipping Experience

Proper preparation is crucial for a positive and safe candy flipping experience. Here are some key steps to follow:

  • Research and educate yourself about the effects, risks, and potential benefits of both LSD and MDMA.
  • Create a comfortable and safe environment for the trip.
  • Plan the timing and location of the experience.
  • Consider having a trusted friend or a trip sitter present.
  • Prepare a playlist of music that resonates with your intentions and desires for the journey.
  • Practice mindfulness techniques and relaxation exercises to help manage anxiety or challenging emotions that may arise during the trip.

What to Expect During a Candy Flipping Trip

A candy flipping trip can be highly subjective and vary from person to person. However, there are some common effects that individuals may experience:

  • Altered perception of time and space.
  • Intensified emotions and feelings of empathy.
  • Enhanced sensory perception, such as visuals and auditory hallucinations.
  • Deep introspection and self-reflection.
  • Increased sociability and desire for connection with others.

Potential Benefits of Candy Flipping

Candy flipping has been reported to offer several potential benefits when used responsibly and in appropriate settings:

  • Facilitating deep emotional healing and introspection.
  • Strengthening interpersonal connections and empathy.
  • Promoting creativity and enhancing artistic expression.
  • Assisting in the treatment of certain mental health conditions, such as PTSD and depression, when used in a therapeutic context.

Potential Risks and Side Effects

Here are some short-term and potential long-term side effects associated with candy flipping:

Short-Term Side Effects:

  1. Intense Psychedelic Experience: Combining LSD and MDMA can intensify the psychedelic effects of both drugs, leading to vivid visual distortions, altered sensory perception, and a heightened emotional state.

  2. Euphoria: MDMA is known for its euphoric effects, and combining it with LSD may enhance the overall sense of happiness and well-being during the experience.

  3. Empathy and Sociability: MDMA is often associated with increased feelings of empathy and sociability. The combination may enhance interpersonal connections and communication.

  4. Increased Energy: MDMA is a stimulant, and the combination with LSD may result in increased energy levels and a desire to engage in physical activities.

  5. Distorted Time Perception: Both LSD and MDMA can alter the perception of time. The combination may lead to a distorted sense of time passing.

  6. Potential for Anxiety or Paranoia: While many individuals have positive experiences, some may experience heightened anxiety, paranoia, or a “bad trip” during the candy flipping experience.

Long-Term Potential Side Effects:

  1. Psychological Effects: The long-term psychological effects of combining LSD and MDMA are not well-studied, but the use of hallucinogenic substances, especially in combination, can potentially contribute to persistent perceptual changes, mood disturbances, or hallucinogen persisting perception disorder (HPPD).

  2. Neurological Impact: MDMA has been associated with potential neurotoxic effects, and the long-term use of both substances may impact cognitive function. However, more research is needed to fully understand these effects.

  3. Dependency and Addiction: While neither LSD nor MDMA are considered highly addictive, repeated use can lead to psychological dependence. The risk of developing dependence may be higher with frequent and heavy use.

It’s crucial to emphasize that the combination of drugs carries inherent risks, and individuals considering candy flipping should be well-informed and exercise caution.

Overdose Risk

The risk of overdose is a serious concern with the use of MDMA (Ecstasy or Molly) and LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide). While both substances individually have distinct risks, combining them in a practice like candy flipping adds complexity and potential dangers. Here are the overdose risks associated with each substance:

  1. MDMA (Ecstasy or Molly): MDMA can cause severe medical complications, and overdose is a real risk. Overdose symptoms may include hyperthermia (dangerously high body temperature), dehydration, electrolyte imbalances, seizures, high blood pressure, and organ failure. In extreme cases, MDMA overdose can be life-threatening and may require emergency medical attention.

  2. LSD (Lysergic Acid Diethylamide): LSD itself is not known to cause fatal overdoses, and there is a high threshold for toxic doses. However, taking extremely high doses of LSD can lead to severe psychological distress, disorientation, and the potential for dangerous behaviors that may result in harm.

Candy Flipping and Overdose Risk:

Combining MDMA and LSD can intensify the effects of both substances, and this can increase the risk of adverse reactions, including overdose. Some potential risks associated with candy flipping include:

  • Hyperthermia: MDMA is known to increase body temperature, and combining it with LSD may further exacerbate the risk of hyperthermia, leading to heatstroke and other heat-related complications.

  • Serotonin Syndrome: Both MDMA and LSD affect serotonin levels in the brain. Combining them may increase the risk of serotonin syndrome, a potentially life-threatening condition characterized by symptoms such as agitation, confusion, rapid heart rate, and high blood pressure.

  • Dehydration: The combination of MDMA and LSD can lead to increased physical activity and reduced awareness of bodily needs, potentially resulting in dehydration.

It’s important to understand that the effects of combining substances can be unpredictable, and individual responses vary. Overdose risk is influenced by factors such as the purity of the substances, individual tolerance, and the presence of underlying health conditions.

If someone is experiencing symptoms of overdose or adverse reactions after using MDMA, LSD, or a combination of both, seeking emergency medical attention is crucial. Prompt medical intervention can be life-saving in overdose situations.

Integrating the Experience and Post-Trip Care

After a candy flipping experience, it is essential to take time for integration and self-care. Here are some recommendations:

  • Reflect on the insights gained during the trip and how they can be applied to your daily life.
  • Practice self-compassion and self-care activities.
  • Seek support from trusted friends, therapists, or support groups if needed.
  • Avoid using psychedelics in quick succession to allow time for integration and recovery.

Responsible Use and Harm Reduction

Responsible use of psychedelics, including candy flipping, is crucial for personal safety and well-being. Some harm reduction strategies to consider include:

  • Testing substances for purity and potency.
  • Starting with low doses and gradually increasing if desired.
  • Using in a safe and comfortable environment with trusted individuals present.
  • Staying hydrated and maintaining a balanced diet before and after the experience.
  • Respecting personal limits and being aware of individual sensitivities.

Personal Stories: Insights from Candy Flippers

Many individuals have shared their personal experiences with candy flipping. These stories provide valuable insights and perspectives, highlighting the potential benefits and challenges of combining LSD and MDMA. Remember that everyone’s experience is unique, and it is essential to approach candy flipping with an open mind and cautious attitude.

Myth Debunked: Common Misconceptions about Candy Flipping

There are various misconceptions and myths surrounding candy flipping. Let’s debunk some of the most common ones:

  • Myth : Candy flipping is safe for everyone. Reality: Candy flipping can be intense and overwhelming, especially for individuals with pre-existing mental health conditions or those prone to anxiety.
  • Myth : Candy flipping guarantees a positive experience. Reality: While candy flipping can be transformative, the experience is subjective and influenced by set and setting. Factors such as mindset, environment, and personal circumstances can significantly impact the outcome.

Conclusion

Candy flipping is a unique and powerful experience that combines the effects of LSD and MDMA. It offers individuals an opportunity for self-exploration, emotional healing, and enhanced connection with others. However, it is essential to approach candy flipping with caution, responsible use, and an understanding of the potential risks involved. Remember to prioritize your safety, engage in harm reduction practices, and seek professional help if needed.

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FAQs

Candy flipping can be intense and carries certain risks. It is crucial to approach it with caution, responsible use, and in a safe environment.

When used in a therapeutic context under professional guidance, candy flipping may hold potential therapeutic benefits. However, it should only be pursued with the guidance of trained professionals.

Dosage requirements vary for each individual. It is recommended to start with low doses of both LSD and MDMA to assess sensitivity and tolerance.

The effects of candy flipping typically last between 8 to 12 hours. However, the overall duration can vary depending on factors such as dosage, metabolism, and individual response.

Creating a safe and comfortable environment, practicing responsible use, and being mindful of set and setting are essential for increasing the chances of a positive experience.

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