Spontaneous tactile sensations

Spontaneous tactile sensations can be described as the experience of sensations across the body occurring without any obvious or immediate physical trigger. This effect is sometimes referred to as a "body high". It results in feelings of seemingly random but distinct tingling sensations that can be felt across the skin and within the body.

Depending on the psychoactive substance consumed, these vary greatly in their alternative styles of sensation but can be broken down into three basic levels of intensity. These are described and documented below:

  1. Mild - The lowest level of the sensation can be described as subtle and fleeting tingling sensations throughout the body that do not impair physical motor control and can essentially be ignored if one wishes to do so.
  2. Distinct - At this level, the sensation becomes impossible to ignore. It can be described as distinct tingling sensations which are intense enough to partially impair a person’s motor control and act as a signifigant distraction which impairs one's focus.
  3. Overwhelming – The highest level occurs when the tingling sensations have increased enough to become a powerful, uncontrollable focus point of attention. This can feel completely overwhelming and heavily impair a person's motor control, leaving them either lying or sitting down, incapable of standing up, or writhing in the all-encompassing sensations.

Style variations

  • Moving vs. Motionless – Spontaneous physical sensations will either move themselves up and down various parts of the body in spontaneous directions or they will remain still and consistent in their position.
  • Constant vs. Spontaneous – Spontaneous physical sensations will either be constantly present throughout a significant portion of the experience or they will spontaneously and temporarily manifest themselves at random points for differing lengths of time.
  • Sharp vs. Soft – Spontaneous physical sensations will either be perceived to feel soft, warm, and gentle on the skin or sharp, cold, and electric.
  • All-encompassing vs. Location specific - Spontaneous physical sensations can either be felt across every square inch of the skin in an evenly distributed fashion or in very specific locations such as the ends of the fingers and toes, up and down the spinal column or throughout the head.
  • Euphoric vs. Dysphoric – At appropriately high dosages, spontaneous physical sensations and tingling nerve endings can either be interpreted as pleasurable to experience or they can manifest in the opposite direction and become uncomfortable to experience.

psychoactive substances

Compounds which may cause this effect commonly include:

AB-CHMINACA, AB-FUBINACA, AL-LAD, ALD-52, APICA, Allylescaline, Amphetamine, Ayahuasca, Bk-2C-B, Bromo-DragonFLY, Butylone, Cannabis, DET, DMT, DOB, DOC, DOI, DOM, DPT, Datura, Deschloroketamine, Desoxypipradol, DPH, Diphenidine, ETH-LAD, Efavirenz, Ephenidine, Escaline, Ethylone, Hexedrone, Hexen, Ibogaine, JWH-018, JWH-073, Ketamine, LSA, LSD, LSZ, Lisdexamfetamine, MDA, MDAI, MDEA, MDMA, MET, MPT, Mephedrone, Mescaline, Methallylescaline


Documentation written by Josie Kins