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I Know About Micrograms Now
by Tao Lin

Jordan Castro

I Know About Micrograms Now <br>by Tao Lin</br>

In 2016 ~150 micrograms of LSD
are in an average tab of LSD, I think.
"~" means approximately.

According to a post on erowid.org
150,000,000 billion molecules of LSD
are in 100 micrograms of LSD.

In 2012 I didn't know much about micrograms.
Drugs I used then were measured mostly in milligrams.
2 milligrams of Xanax, 30 milligrams of Adderall.

Drugs I use in 2016 are measured in grams and micrograms.
.3 grams of cannabis baked in my oven, 1 tab of LSD
quartered into ~37.5 microgram parallelograms.

Population Reference Bureau estimated in 2011
that ~108 billion humans have ever lived.

The effect of ~108 billion humans
metabolized in a universe: Computers, the internet
nuclear weapons, skyscrapers, international airports
iPhones, six-volume novels, factory farms, staplers
cruise ships, World Wars, solitary confinement.

The effect of 108 billion molecules of LSD
metabolized in a person isn't consciously noticeable.

The effect of 150,000,000 billion molecules of LSD
metabolized in a person is surprising and intense
and can be profound and/or scary.

The effect of 150,000,000 billion humans
metabolized in a universe: ?

 

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Tao Lin is the author of eight books. His next two books are a nonfiction book titled Beyond Existentialism and a novel titled Leave Society, both forthcoming from Vintage.

1 comment

  • i still refuse to believe that .3 grams of weed does anything for anyone

    tao sin

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