Candy Flipping

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In the world of recreational drug use, trends and terminologies constantly evolve, introducing new experiences and sensations to seekers of altered states of consciousness. One such trend that has gained popularity in recent times is "candy flipping." While the name might sound innocent, the practice is far from it. MDMA is a strong hallucinogenic drug often linked to partying. People commonly use it for fun at emotional gatherings, sometimes mixing it with alcohol or marijuana. Younger folks sometimes combine MDMA with LSD [1] to get stronger effects without as much risk of overdosing on MDMA. This combo is called "candy flipping." In this article, we'll delve into the potentially dangerous practice of candy flipping, exploring what it is, its components, effects, and most importantly, the hidden risks that it poses.

Mixing LSD and MDMA: What is Candy Flipping? 

Candy flipping, also known as a "candy flip," refers to the simultaneous ingestion of two powerful substances: LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) and MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine) – commonly known as ecstasy. When candy flipping emerged in the 1980s, its initial intention was to enhance the strength and duration of MDMA's effects while avoiding the risk of MDMA overdose. This was achieved by replacing some of the MDMA pills with LSD, intensifying the overall impact of the MDMA experience. The combination of these substances is believed to create a unique and intensified psychoactive experience, blending the hallucinogenic effects of LSD with the euphoric effects of MDMA. This practice is often pursued by individuals seeking an altered reality that is both visually captivating and emotionally euphoric. However, the experience is not always a good one. The effects and intensity of these substances can vary each time, even with the same dose.

Some studies have shown that flipping candy  intensifies the MDMA experience. Some people describe an equally positive blend of effects, while others claim that MDMA can reconnect you with the LSD trip, yielding mixed outcomes. LSD's potency can lead to either euphoria or discomfort, making it hard to predict the nature of the experience in advance. 

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What is LSD? 

LSD, a potent hallucinogenic drug, alters perceptions and thoughts by affecting serotonin receptors in the brain. Acid, Dots, Mellow Yellow, and Window Pane are other ways this drug is referred to. Most LSD effects occur during the first hour after taking the drug. It can induce vivid visual hallucinations, altered sense of time, and a distorted perception of reality. It can cause vision and mood changes, as well as poor depth and time perception and a distorted vision of shapes, colors, sizes, and movements. Users may experience a wide range of emotions, often unpredictable and intense.

Some side effects of LSD Include: 

  • Euphoria
  • Hallucinations
  • Mood swings
  • Increased heart rate
  • Sweating and chills
  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea
  • Tremors
  • Loss of appetite
  • Psychosis
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Impaired judgment: 
  • Flashbacks
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Emotional instability

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What is MDMA? 

MDMA, on the other hand, is known for its empathogenic and stimulant properties. It triggers the release of large amounts of serotonin, creating feelings of emotional closeness, euphoria, and heightened sensory experiences. This stimulant and psychedelic drug is known by many different nicknames, including Ecstasy, Molly, X, Hug Drug, Peace, Clarity, and Go. People will often take three or more tablets at one time for a longer, more powerful effect. MDMA is often associated with music festivals and parties due to its "feel-good" effects and is a highly addictive substance. 

Alongside the euphoric high, MDMA can also cause these side effects:

  • Feelings of closeness and affection
  • Increased empathy
  • Elevated mood and energy
  • Increased sensitivity to touch
  • Visual distortion
  • Confusion
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Paranoia
  • Sleep Issues

  • Muscle tension
  • Tremors
  • Teeth clenching
  • Muscle cramps
  • Nausea
  • Faintness
  • Chills
  • Sweating
  • Blurred vision

Timespan of Candy Flipping

 When LSD and MDMA are combined in a candy flip, users often report experiencing an intense and unique fusion of effects. The combination enhances the experience of both drugs, though not necessarily in a positive way. Candy flippers will first take LSD, and then follow with MDMA four hours later. The effects of LSD occur 20-90 minutes after ingestion and can last for at least 12 hours. Meanwhile, MDMA’s effects begin after 20-70 minutes and last for three to six hours. This adds up to an experience lasting anywhere from 12-24 hours. The hallucinogenic visuals from LSD intertwine with the empathic sensations from MDMA, leading to an altered state of consciousness that can be overwhelming for some.

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Effect of Candy Flipping:

Candy flipping also brings about a harder after-effect phase. When taken on its own, LSD can lead to feelings of depression, panic, and paranoia. MDMA comedowns involve strong cravings.

 However, when combined, you might encounter a range of symptoms, including:

  • Insomnia
  • Concentration problems
  • Memory issues
  • Irritability
  • Aggression
  • Decreased appetite

Dangers of Candy Flipping

While the idea of combining two powerful substances to create a heightened experience might seem intriguing, candy flipping poses significant risks that cannot be ignored. Both Molly and Acid are dangerous substances, and combining them super-charges the danger. 

The following are some of the key dangers associated with candy flipping:

  • Increased risk of overdose: While both LSD and MDMA individually carry the potential for adverse reactions and, in severe instances, overdosing, their combination escalates the danger. The body grapples with processing the combined effects, intensifying the risk of overdose.
  • Unpredictable reactions: Mixing LSD and MDMA introduces an element of unpredictability. People might encounter heightened anxiety, panic attacks, paranoia, and even episodes of psychosis, as the interactions between the two substances can magnify these negative effects.
  • Strain on Mental Health: The sensory and emotional overload triggered by candy flipping can worsen existing mental health conditions. This overload has the potential to trigger prolonged psychological distress, potentially making underlying mental health issues more challenging to manage.
  • Physical health risks: The stimulant properties of MDMA can cloak the sedative effects of LSD, which might lead to physical exhaustion and dehydration. This places considerable strain on the cardiovascular system, increasing the likelihood of severe health complications.
  • Long-term cognitive impact: Regular and combined use of LSD and MDMA may result in lasting cognitive deficits and memory problems. Over time, this pattern of use can contribute to a spectrum of mental health concerns, underscoring the importance of approaching these substances with caution.
  • Risky mixtures: Using unregulated hallucinogens, such as LSD and MDMA, raises concerns about their actual content. This uncertainty increases the chance of inadvertently combining substances, potentially resulting in a hazardous and unpredictable blend. 

 

Stay Safe

Candy flipping might promise a unique and captivating experience, but the risks associated with combining LSD and MDMA cannot be underestimated. The potential for overdose, unpredictable reactions, strain on mental and physical health, and long-term cognitive impacts make candy flipping a dangerous endeavor. Before you decide to try flipping candy, it's crucial to prioritize safety and well-being. Seeking professional help and engaging in open conversations about the potential risks can help prevent the allure of candy flipping from overshadowing the importance of personal health and safety. 

If you or someone you know is struggling with drug addiction, remember that you're not alone on this journey. 

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Sources

[1] sciencedirect.com

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