Editor’s Note: This piece is meant for educational purposes only—to describe this drug, explain its effects, tell its history and show its presence today on the dark web.
Aprofene (Taren) is a pharmaceutical preparation based on anticholinergic Aprofene. In medicine, it was mostly used as an antidote to organophosphorus compounds.
In addition, Aprofene proved its efficiency in treating stomach ulcers, vasospasms and abdomen spasms.
The drug was officially included in an army first aid kit, but in 1998 the active compound was listed as a controlled psychotropic substance, because of its peculiar side effects, beloved by many people.
Aprofene was necessarily added to an army individual medicine kit as it detoxifies poisonous organophosphorus compounds. However, when it blocks harmful effects of these compounds, Aprofene produces strange visual effects.
In USSR, it was quite easy to find Aprofene because it was given to each soldier. After the prohibition, one could retrieve pills in abandoned military storages or buy them from drug dealers.
Nowadays, Taren is not commonly used due to its senseless, ruthless and very specific effect. Though, old-school psychonauts often recall the drug with a feeling of nostalgia to that Soviet time.
Aprofene still has medical application for easing spasms and treating gastrointestinal tract diseases; that is why it is available for recreational use in Russia. Moreover, there is evidence stating that you can still find Aprofene stocks in military storages. So, if you are a bit of a stalker, you can take your chance.
Trip Reports and Side Effects
The main Aprofene side effect is extreme thirst, along with nausea, urinary problems, constipation, blurred vision, toxicosis, fever and drowsiness.
Tripping on Taren gives a user sensation of the reality, even though experience itself is fictive. Under the influence of this compound, people often talk to inanimate objects, show insane behavior and remember nothing about it afterward.
Most visions take place because of existing eye problems, such as nearsightedness. Also, a person may see flashes of light, feel “adhesion” to the ground, followed by exaggerated sense of height, weight and loss of short-term memory. Paranoia, anxiety, panic and complete misunderstanding of what is happening are the major factors leading to bad trips.
Here are some short trip reports:
- Taren frightens. I get to only black worlds, literally in a pit or hell. I can never forget one trip, when me and my friend Aleksey were walking across a forest, hysterically laughing with horror, and watching our ears growing up to the size of elephants’ ones. We had sharp and long noses and huge smiles, filled with hundreds of shark teeth. We had better get out of that wood.
- I remember Aprofene. It is an evil thing. After taking it, I climbed a tree and was calling pigeons to peck corn.
- The effect was always the same—I was hazy, had strong hallucinations and chatted to something dead.
- The problem is not in hallucinations; yes, they are terrifying, but give me a lot to think about. But instead of yourself, there appears to be some other person and that is the most horrible experience. Every 10 minutes, this strange being hides in a bathroom and tries to get out through the wall. Thereafter, the creature almost tears off the thumb of the right hand, pinching it with a door. Why? I do not have a clue.
The comments prove that psychonauts consider Taren to be not a noble substance to trip. The question is whether it is worth taking or not.
Aprofene’s effects are often compared to Datura, which is reviewed unflatteringly as well. In two words, Taren’s trip can be described as “crazy and weird.”
Even today, the drug is available on the dark web for those who are into such trips, or maybe wishing to feel the taste of Soviet psychedelics—bitter, hardcore and odd.
One of the Rarest Drugs
Aprofene went out of production in 1987, and that is why all Taren sold on the market is taken from old first aid kits. The offer is quite limited—on the dark web, we managed to find only one vendor selling pills on Hydra Market.
One pill is fairly cheap, costing around $10; but it is sold only in Krasnoyarsk. So, if you decided to trip on Taren, you have to spend $20 on the drug itself, plus traveling costs.
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