Even if you’ve never tried LSD, peyote, salvia, or ecstasy, it’s a well-known fact that they can cause fascinating and mind-bending hallucinations.
While the drugs carry a host of risks when taken, some find the draw of seeing and hearing things that aren’t actually there a bigger pull. But as it turns out, you don’t have to get drugged up to experience these interesting side effects.
Because our brains are so complex, there are ways to — in essence — hack them into sending mixed signals that ultimately seem like hallucinations. If you’ve ever been curious about what it might be like to hallucinate, here’s how you can do it in the comfort of your own home!
As the guys from Scam School explain, the ganzfeld effect is your brain finding patterns out of unstructured stimuli.
Since your brain wants to find patterns in things, if you present it with something that doesn’t have a pattern (like a white sheet of paper and white noise), it convinces itself — and you — that it’s seeing and hearing things.
Brian and Jason explain that trapped coal miners staring into darkness start to see things, same with those traveling through white-out conditions in the snowy poles.
To achieve the drug-like effects, make a blindfold out of white paper, ensuring that you’re not able to see out of any corners. (You can use cotton pads to cover any spots.)
Put headphones on with white noise and lay perfectly still. You should start to see and hear things relatively quickly.
For a more in-depth explanation of what’s happening in your brain, watch more on The Ganzfeld Effect here.
I don’t know about you, but I’m trying this ASAP. It seems so cool!