Logan Ferise is a sophomore at Indiana University working towards a dual degree in Journalism and Arabic. He is also the marketing director at Precious Words Africa, a nonprofit focused on building libraries and schools in west Africa. He hopes to work in photojournalism after graduation.
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The Gatesville Country Store was described by owner Robin Stevens as a “Working Man’s Cafe.” Robin and her husband Doug have a unique small-town charm and geological know-how you will not find anywhere else. The Gatesville Country Store sells everything from prospecting equipment to home-cooked food for tourists and townies alike.
Students put 1P-LSD blotters on their tongues. 1P-LSD is a legal compound of the illegal drug LSD and can be purchased online.
Students smoke cigarettes in the parking lot by college mall. After using 1P-LSD they like to smoke cigarettes as the drug takes effect.
Students laugh at the Crayola display at Target as 1P-LSD takes effect.
Students feel blankets at Target as the tactile effects of 1P-LSD begin to manifest. They loved how soft the blankets felt, but were appalled by the cost.
Student rides in the car as the 1P-LSD effects intensify. They bought glow sticks at Target because of their visual appeal.
Student activates glow sticks.
Students sit in the dark waving glow sticks around. They later cut open the glow sticks and covered themselves in the glowing chemical.
Students venture to colorfully lit wall of the IU Art Museum. The wall is a popular photo destination for IU students.
Students walk along the wooded path Behind Woodburn Hall.
Students stop to rest at a bridge after a long walk. They had been under the influence of 1P-LSD for several hours and were beginning to tire.
Students walk through the IU Arboretum. They were ready for their trip to end.
Students sit on a bench and wait their ride home. Staying on the safe side, students chose not to drive.
If you could leave reality, would you?
Legal versions of illegal drugs are created every year and sold on the “grey market.” Named after the legal grey area it utilizes, these online markets will ship a “research chemical” to your doorstep as long as you promise no humans will be using it.
In the past year, a legal version of LSD called 1P-LSD has emerged and grown in popularity.
“I do it because I like the new perspective it gives me. It gives me a lot of time to think and do introspection on myself and the world I guess,” said a student who asked not to be identified.
Similar to its illegal counterpart, 1P-LSD is classified as a hallucinogenic drug meaning it distorts or changes one’s visual and mental reality.
“Visually, if I look at anything with some sort of pattern it starts to swirl into itself and if I look at anything for long enough it starts to move,” a student said.
“There is an arch. It’s really fast in the beginning. You go from like a 0 to a 10 and you stay at a 10 for a couple hours then you slowly come down. The first 3 hours are the craziest though. It’s like what everyone says the high is like and how it looks in the movies. And on the comedown side of it, you’re still very out of it but you’re not as out of your body…you’re way more present on the comedown. That’s when all the introspection happens,” said another student who asked not to be identified.
The legal grey area only stays grey for so long, thus, 1P-LSD will likely be outlawed in the coming years after the FDA finishes investigating it.
“I honestly don’t believe it should be legal because there is no purpose to it other than the high itself, and sometimes I don’t know if those have a place in the world…or at least no legal place in the world. There are no medicinal qualities that I am aware of,” a student said.