If you are a parent or are friends with some who has children, then you may be familiar with the phenomenon called “sympathetic labor pains,” where a man starts to feel cramps in response to his pregnant wife’s discomfort. However, did you know that researchers have also discussed a condition called “contact highs,” where a person feels the same effects as a companion who is high on drugs? Overall, you might consider both of these situations highly unusual and unrealistic. After all, why should a person experience something that isn’t even happening to them? Nevertheless, “contact highs” are still a well-discussed aspect of drug science. So, for today, let’s take a closer look at this phenomenon and find out if it actually does take place.
What Is a “Contact High”?
Specifically, a “contact high” takes place when a person has a bizarre experience of sensing or perceiving drugs while they are sitting next to someone who is taking this drug. For example, a person who regularly takes LSD (acid) may experience a trip if they are near someone who is currently experiencing an acid trip. In other words, the user (who is not using) will have a trip despite not taking the drug. In fact, some research has proposed these individuals will even experience hallucinations.
As you may have guessed (based on this information), contact highs can be similar to the placebo effect, during which a person takes a sugar pill and is convinced it is an actual drug. In some cases, these dummy pills will induce the same side effects as other medications, despite having no mind-altering or chemical-altering properties.
Is This Event Real?
At first you may believe this is too bizarre to be true, and you may be right. Although the placebo effect has been proven to work, the process of “contact highs” are still a popular topic of discussion among members of the scientific community. In the rave and club culture, drug addicts swear this event is real, as some people feel intense pleasure and euphoria after spending time with high people at a party. While reviewing the book Tripping: An Anthology of True-Life Psychedelic Adventures, Spalding Gray explained that some people do not have to be in direct contact with the addict to feel high.
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