The four dosage plateaus can be divided into two groups based on a certain
degree of similarity: the lower plateaus and the upper plateaus. The lower
two plateaus share many features and some of these will be considered here.
A generalization would be that the lower two plateaus are more
“recreational” than the upper plateaus. Specifically, they have
considerably less hangover, do not generally involve serious disruption or
breakdown of sensory processing, and are more similar to other intoxicants.

DXM in the lower two plateaus has been compared to a cross between MDA and
alcohol. It tends to intensify emotional responses and feelings of meaning
from external events. At the lower plateaus there is usually enough motor
control to be able to engage in physical activites (although, like MDMA and
MDA there are reasons why you may not want to, including dehydration and

Most find sensory input is still understandable, although there are
peculiar changes which will be discussed below (notably flanging). At the
lower plateaus it is still possible to interact extensively with the
outside world, and one can watch and follow reasonably complex plots in
movies, and have complex conversations.

Although DXM is in many ways not a good “casual” drug most people have used
it without adverse effect at the lower plateaus. Interestingly, many people
who have use DXM at the upper plateaus eventually find that the lower
plateaus no longer offer much enjoyment. There are a lot of potential
reasons for this (see Section 7.6); I think most of it is simply that DXM
at the upper plateaus changes one’s expectations about its effects and
gives one familiarity with its memory inhibition.

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