Effect Categories - Tactile Effects

Tactile effects are defined as any subjective effect that directly alters a person's sense of touch.

This page lists the various tactile effects that can occur under the influence of certain psychoactive compounds.


  • Spontaneous bodily sensations

    Spontaneous tactile sensations are the experience of sensations across the body occurring without any obvious or immediate physical trigger. This results in feelings of seemingly random but distinct tingling sensations that occur across the skin and within the body. They are most commonly induced under the influence of moderate dosages of psychedelic compounds, such as LSD, psilocybin, and mescaline. However, they can also occur under the influence of stimulants, cannabinoids, and dissociatives.

  • Tactile distortion

    A tactile distortion is the experience of a perceived alteration in one's sense of touch. This is distinct from that of a tactile hallucination as it exclusively alters the perception of pre-existing sensations and does not add any new content. They are most commonly induced under the influence of hallucinogenic compounds such as psychedelics, deliriants, and salvia divinorum.

  • Tactile enhancement

    Tactile enhancement is an overall increase in both the intensity of a person's sense of touch and their awareness of the physical sensations across their body. It is most commonly induced under the influence of moderate dosages of psychedelic compounds, such as LSD, psilocybin, and mescaline.

  • Tactile hallucination

    A tactile hallucination is the experience of perceiving a convincing physical sensation which is not actually occurring. They are most commonly induced under the influence of heavy dosages of deliriant compounds, such as DPH, datura, and benzydamine.

  • Tactile suppression

    Tactile suppression is a decrease in one's ability to feel their sense of touch in a manner which can result in a general numbness across the body. It is most commonly induced under the influence of moderate dosages of dissociative compounds, such as ketamine, PCP, and DXM.