6-allyl-6-nor-lysergic acid diethylamide (abbreviated AL-LAD, also known as Aladdin) is a semi-synthetic hallucinogenic psychedelic drug of the lysergamide family, as described by Alexander Shulgin in the book TiHKAL (Tryptamines i Have Known And Loved).
This substance has little to no history of human usage. However, it has recently become commonly marketed along side of LSZ as a legal alternative to LSD through online research chemical vendors.
In terms of its chemistry, the molecule differs in structure to LSD by the simple replacement of the methyl group with an allyl group at the 6th nitrogen. Lysergamides are distinct from both tryptamines and phenethylamines, although the chemical structure is more similar to a tryptamine than a phenethylamine.
In terms of its pharmacology, AL-LAD acts as a 5-HT2A partial agonist. The psychedelic effects are believed to come from AL-LAD’s efficacy at the 5-HT2A receptors. However, the role of these interactions and how they result in the psychedelic experience continues to remain elusive.
AL-LAD shares many common traits with LSD; it appears to be equal in potency as well as similar in mechanism. However, the progression and duration of effects are compressed due to its metabolic differences.
While the subjective effects are almost identical to that of LSD, AL-LAD is significantly shorter in its duration. In comparison to its structural relative LSZ, it is reported to be more introspective and stoning. It therefore comparatively lies on the opposite end of the spectrum of effects which most lysergamides are capable of producing.
The effects listed below are based upon the subjective effects index and personal experiences of PsychonautWiki contributors. The listed effects will rarely if ever occur all at once but heavier dosages will increase the chances and are more likely to induce a full range of effects.
Spontaneous tactile sensations – The “body high” of AL-LAD can be described as proportionally intense in comparison to its accompanying visual and cognitive effects. It behaves as a euphoric, fast moving, sharp and location specific tingling sensation. For some it is manifested spontaneously at different unpredictable points throughout the trip, but for most it maintains a steady presence that rises with the onset and hits its limit once the peak has been reached. At moderate to high doses of AL-LAD, this sensation will usually hit its highest level and become so overwhelming that people find themselves writhing on the floor in complete pleasure.
Stimulation – In terms of its effects on the physical energy levels of the tripper, AL-LAD is usually considered to be very energetic and stimulating without being forced. For example, when taken in any environment it will usually encourage physical activities such as running, walking, climbing or dancing. In comparison, other more commonly used psychedelics such as psilocin are generally sedating and relaxing.
Nausea – Mild nausea is occasionally reported when consumed in moderate to high dosages and either passes instantly once the tripper has vomited or gradually fades by itself as the peak sets in.
Enhancement of touch – Feelings of enhanced tactile sensation are consistently present at moderate levels throughout most AL-LAD trips. Once level 8A geometry is reached, an intense sensation of suddenly becoming aware of and being able to feel every single nerve ending across a person’s entire body all at once is consistently present.
Increased bodily control
The cognitive effects of AL-LAD can be broken down into 14 components all of which progressively intensify proportional to dosage. In comparison to other psychedelics such as Psilocin, LSA and Ayahuasca, AL-LAD is significantly more stimulating and fast paced in terms of the specific style of thought stream which it produces and contains a large number of potential effects.
Threshold : < 20 µg
Light : < 80 µg
Common : 80 – 160 µg
Strong : ~ 300 µg
Heavy : > 300 µg
Total Duration : 6 – 9 hours
Onset : 30 – 60 minutes
Peak : 3 – 5 hours
Coming down : 3 – 4 hours
After effects : 2 – 5 hours
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