Can You Get High on Cyclobenzaprine?
Cyclobenzaprine is a muscle relaxer. By blocking nerve impulses and pain sensations to the brain, it can be used (in conjunction with physiotherapy) to help treat physical pain and injuries to the body.
That’s its normal use, anyway, there are several “off-label” uses that savvy drug enthusiasts have discovered, including a unique Cyclobenzaprine high that feels like a high-grade tranquilizer. Maybe. It doesn’t work the same for everyone, which we will get into.
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What is Cyclobenzaprine?
Cyclobenzaprine is available via prescription only, under brand names like Flexeril and Amrix, and is a relatively inexpensive drug.
Since its conception, it’s been effective in helping to fight musculoskeletal pain, but must be taken carefully to avoid interactions with other medications.
Simply put, this will limit muscle spasms and pain, and, combined with a therapy regimen, will help to rehabilitate you from muscle disorders.
It’s important to note, however, that Cyclobenzaprine can’t be used as a substitute for exercise and therapy, rather, it works best in conjunction with these methods to maximize healing and speed recovery.
Doctors may prescribe it for other uses, depending on what they believe will be most helpful.
What is Cyclobenzaprine Used For?
Muscular issues, mainly. It is not uncommon for Cyclobenzaprine to be prescribed to help treat pain and limit muscle spasms, stiffness, and other complications.
It is particularly useful because it does not interfere with muscle function and can be used in conjunction with physical therapy to help patients overcome the problems that they are experiencing.
After experiencing an injury, it is very common for an individual to receive Cyclobenzaprine to limit any further damage from occurring in the affected area. Beyond these uses, though, Cyclobenzaprine has been shown to be somewhat effective at helping treat fibromyalgia pain as well.
So, the reasoning goes as such: Cyclobenzaprine is a muscle relaxer. Muscle relaxers have the word “relax” right there in the name. Ergo, taking muscle relaxers should induce some state of tranquility, no? Yes and no.
The way it’s commonly explained, the feeling is just the muscle relaxation.
There’s no tranquilizing or sedating effect like you’d feel with a Benzodiazepine, and little potential for abuse or overdose because of that fact.
Most people who use Cyclobenzaprine recreationally combine it with a few drinks (and/or other benzos and hard drugs). At lower doses, it’s also an effective sleeping pill.
At higher doses (30-50 mg or more), most people say you feel like you’re floating outside your body. That certainly qualifies as “being high” in my book.
Even so, let’s take a look at what people are saying about the drug. Maybe there is more to Cyclobenzaprine than meets the eye.
What Does Cyclobenzaprine High Feel Like?
The boys over at Reddit have had their fair share of experience with the Cyclobenzaprine high. Some found it to be not so pleasant:
“Just so people know, cyclobenzaprine is not pleasurable or abusable by any stretch of the imagination. It’s purely a muscle relaxer, and not even tranquilizing in the way benzos are, which is already an acquired taste for many.”
“It’ll make you feel a bit limp and heavy. I find the feeling fairly uncomfortable, even in combination with opioids, weed, you name it. It’s a worthless drug IMO unless you need in for a medical purpose. Just wanted to voice a dissenting opinion.”
Others can’t seem to get enough:
“Let me start this off by saying that I was more than pleasantly surprised by how nice this experience was. I had no idea that a muscle relaxer could be so much fun…About 30 minutes after taking it I started to feel… Well, relaxed. That’s really the only way to describe it…All in all, I would definitely recommend cyclobenzaprine on its own.”
Which goes to the point that this is one of those drugs that will have different effects on different people, so you have to test it out to get a good idea of where you will stand.
Others still have had a much less pleasant experience, which definitely served as a cautionary tale for me before I tried the drug:
“I sat and looked at the hall for about an hour, I couldn’t do much, I couldn’t see at all. then the weirdest thing began to happen, the realest hallucination I have ever encountered, people screaming, sounded like thousands of them, I couldn’t make it stop, this kept on until about 4 o’clock, then they stopped, and I could see again. I felt disturbed to say the least, this was the scariest thing I have ever encountered.”
Yikes… that’s a bit scary. But overall, user experiences seem to be positive.
Here’s what happened when I tried to get high on Cyclobenzaprine:
I Wasn’t Expecting Much
So, muscle relaxers aren’t my specialty, but I have a good idea of what they do to me at this point, mostly. I was curious if Cyclobenzaprine would provide a different experience that some of the others didn’t offer, so I rounded up some pills and gave it a shot. I took three 10mg pills, and waited to see if there were any effects.
I read some user experiences comparing them to quaaludes, so I felt wary going in, but it wasn’t nearly as intense. I could feel the muscle relaxing part quite rapidly. My arms and legs just felt like they were melting into the couch.
Other than that, however, it wasn’t anything transcendent, which I think is a good thing. If you just want to kick back for a little while, this will take the edge off without sending you into la-la-land. From a recreational perspective though, it doesn’t seem that there’s anything there.
The Audience is Divided
The firsthand accounts of Cyclobenzaprine aren’t uncommon. Some people find it monumentally helpful for helping them achieve relaxed states.
Some have actually had horrible experiences with the drug. Others just find it completely worthless in achieving any effects and aren’t so quick to recommend it.
Among those that do find it helpful, they find that it works very well in conjunction with other compounds that promote relaxation, particularly “herbs” like marijuana.
The combined effects enhance both substances, leading to an even greater state of relaxation than either on their own.
If you stay within the guidelines when using Cyclobenzaprine, you’ll usually be fine and consequence free. There are some side effects that can occur, like drowsiness, dry mouth, and dizziness, but they aren’t universally experienced.
There are also some drug interactions to watch out for, like MAOIs and anti-depressants. Those with heart disorders and thyroid disorders should also be wary of taking Cyclobenzaprine. The most potent risk comes from overdose, but it is only a rare possibility that you’ll OD with Cyclobenzaprine.
In such a case, you’d experience tachycardia, and potentially cardiac arrest, low blood pressure, or death.
Cyclobenzaprine has some recreational uses for some, but not for all. Make sure you start with a lower dose to see how it will affect you, then, if it seems to be working for you, try upping your dose to find your ideal level.