Afterglow (drug culture)
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When used with regard to recreational drug use, afterglow refers to positive physical and mental effects that linger after the main effects of a drug have subsided, or after the peak experience has subsided. This state is often characterized by feelings of detachment or increased psychological clarity. The term is most commonly associated with hallucinogens, particularly psychedelics and entactogens. This phenomenon contrasts with hangovers, a condition that follows the use of various substances, including alcohol.
Afterglow may also occur after the usage of dissociative drugs, such as DXM, Ketamine and PCP. These forms of afterglows, in contrast to psychedelic afterglows, often leave the user with a decreased mental capacity. Many report that their brain feels like "mush". The subject may feel a lack of enlightenment gained from the trip and even leave the user with a bizarre sense of self.
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