Multiple thought streams

Multiple thought streams can be described as a state of mind in which a person has more than one internal narrative or stream of consciousness simultaneously occurring within their mind. This can result in any number of independent thought streams occurring at the same time, each of which are often controllable in a similar manner to that of one's everyday thought stream.

These multiple coinciding thought streams can be experienced simultaneously in a manner which is evenly distributed and does not prioritize the awareness of any particular thought stream over an other. However, they can also be experienced in a manner which feels as if it brings awareness of a particular thought stream to the foreground while the others continue processing information in the background. This form of multiple thought streams typically swaps between specific trains of thought at seemingly random intervals.

The experience of this effect can sometimes allow one to analyse many different ideas simultaneously and can be a source of great insight. However, it will usually overwhelm the person with an abundance of information that becomes difficult or impossible to fully process at a normal speed.

Multiple thought streams often coincides with memory suppression, thought acceleration and especially thought disorganization. It is a relatively uncommon effect that seems to exclusively occur under the influence of heavy dosages of psychedelics such as LSD, 4-AcO-DMT and 2C-P.

psychoactive substances

Compounds which may cause this effect commonly include:

4-AcO-DET, 4-AcO-DMT, 4-AcO-MiPT, 4-HO-MiPT, Ayahuasca, Psilocin, Psilocybin mushroom


Documentation written by Josie Kins