KINDLAND's Official Guide to Coming Down
For those of you looking for a softer landing.
To go up is to come down.
The right collusion of chemicals and brain cells and good music can have you feeling something seemingly beyond the cerebral; out-of-body, like floating among serotonin-soaked rainclouds. Considering the rush, drug use isn’t necessarily bad. That said, a bout of chemical enhancement can sometimes make users feel not very good afterward. That not-very-good feeling can range from a cold, sick, lonely, paranoid dread and nausea to something markedly worse than that.
Some people might say that taking potentially fatal narcotics or drug combos and waking up alive the next day is mostly about being smart. But even if genius is flowing through your blood, it's no guarantee: If you keep adding jet-fuel to the vein, chances are you will not fly forever.
But let's not be all emo and killjoy about acute intoxication aftermath. Your pupils are dilated kaleidoscopes––a dead giveaway. You've been going all weekend. Your head is in pieces.
Everyone else has gone home. Your skin is alligator smooth. You think about all of the people you hurt, or are hurting, or have hurt you––even if they don't exist. You watch a movie you don’t like, with the volume all the way up. You don't hear a word. A cigarette burns in your hand, in bed.
You're coming down. You need help.
Here's help, the four R's of Recovery:
Eating the right food and drinking lots of fluids are crucial elements to stabilizing a fragile mental and physical equilibrium in the hours and days after a particularly hard binge.
One user on Internet drugs forum Bluelight recommends bananas, pineapple, raw seeds, and nuts as foods to reboot by. If you’re planning on slamming an eight-ball of Tina and dancing in a dimly lit warehouse until the sun rises––pre-loading the refrigerator with Gatorade, water, and other essentials could help bring you back to life when the lights go up.
According to a study by Syracuse University, consuming chocolate can improve cognitive function. Cocoa is also said to kickstart the production of endorphins—a/k/a good vibes that come from within. Treat yourself to trick your brain into forgetting that it just served as a battlefield upon which its own cells were massacred, over-and-over again.
THC/CBD: First things first, consume some cannabis. Keep it close by. Weed will help soften the harsh edges left by many of the substances that will rob you of a good night's sleep. Low-dose edibles, very small dabs, a strong indica––these may all be solutions to some of the discomfort you're feeling.
5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan): Think of this naturally occurring amino acid as tryptophan (a/k/a the jive-ass chemical found in turkey) in a more-evolved state. Tryptophan is what has people post-meal-napping hard on Thanksgiving. No need for a drumstick, 5-HTP can be consumed as a tablet. This tablets can be purchased at pharmacies, health-food stores, or even on Amazon. According to the University of Maryland, "5-HTP dietary supplements help raise serotonin levels in the brain. Since serotonin helps regulate mood and behavior, 5-HTP may have a positive effect on sleep, mood, anxiety, appetite, and pain sensation." And what more, really, at this low point do you want?
Melatonin: As the sun begins to set, the hormone melatonin is produced naturally in our brains. Melatonin lets us know we need to go to sleep. It is also manufactured and distributed commercially, and can be a useful (though not very strong) utensil in the coming-down toolbox.
Take a hot shower. Or a cold one. Exercise. Go to the sauna, or the spa. Sweat out the poison. Drink more water. Sleep. Sleep. Sleep. Get some rest. Play some soft music. Dim the lights.
Ride It Out
Embrace the fireworks exploding behind your eyelids. Surrender to the ringing in your ears. Hide under the covers. Or in your closet. Resist the urge to reload. Don’t forget to breathe. Clench your teeth. Dig your fists into the mattress. Hold on. Buckle up.
Ride it out.