This article does not represent an individual subjective effect component but instead serves to model the overall dissociative experience as a systematic progression of six levels. Each level of this system aims to both denote the various disconnective, visual, cognitive, and physical effects that occur, as well as characterize the general intensity and feeling of the experience.
The approximate frequency of occurrence is also listed alongside each effect. For an explanation of the terms used within this frequency measuring system, please see the article here.
It should be noted that the specific effects listed within this levelling system may vary in their occurrence, style, and intensity across different substances and individuals. Nonetheless, this article still serves as an accurate approximation for measuring the intensity of a person's dissociative experience. For comparison between the various levels of dissociative states versus the psychedelic experience, please see our equivalent psychedelic intensity scale.
Although the scale itself applies specifically to more classical dissociatives such as ketamine, DXM, PCP, and MXE, it does exclude more a-typical dissociatives such as nitrous oxide and memantine.
This levelling system can be broken down into 5 basic levels of intensity, which are described below.