Detachment plateaus

This article does not represent an individual subjective effect component but instead, serves as a generalised leveling system which can be applied to the simultaneous experience of disconnective effects such as cognitive, physical and visual disconnection. These effects commonly coincide under the influence of dissociative compounds such as MXE, ketamine or DXM.

The process of sensory and cognitive detachment be broken down into 5 basic levels of intensity. These are described and documented below:

  1. Subtle detachment from environment - This can be described as a subtle dulling of the senses and a vague sense of subjective detachment from the external environment.
  2. Partial detachment from environment - As the detachment increases, the environment starts to distinctively feel physically further away in distance and increasingly disconnected from a person's sensory perception. Blurred and double vision sets in while anaesthetic-like effects and tactile numbness begin to take place. At this point, motor control, coordination, and balance become suppressed in a manner that is proportional to dosage. In terms of sound, hearing also seems to become vague, muffled and distant.
  3. Total detachment from environment - At this level, the sensory and cognitive disconnection have completely blocked out one's perception of the external environment. It is here where the user finds themselves undergoing an out-of-body experience as they enter a dissociative hole which is often accompanied by internal hallucinations.
  4. Detachment from self - At this level, the dissociation and detachment has become intense enough for a person's long-term memory to cease functioning. This leads into a state which is commonly referred to as "ego death" as the person loses their ability to recall and comprehend their own sense of identity.
  5. Detachment from awareness - The highest level of detachment occurs when a person has become so detached that they have lost all sensory and cognitive awareness. This renders one unconscious and consistently leaves extended gaps in a person's memory with large periods of amnesia which are generally impossible to recall once the experience is over. It's at this level that dissociatives such as ketamine are used in medical procedures for their anaesthetic effects.[1]


Documentation written by Josie Kins