Drugs have been a part of human history for millennia. For the most part, they’ve only given very cursory benefits to an individual, such as heightened strength (steroids), increased productivity (cocaine), or simple pleasure, but very rarely a combination of the three.
Highmind has come into the underworld scene in Independence almost exclusively, like a thunderbolt. When those that came here sought an escape from the fantasies of Surresolution found a similar threat, it took them completely by surprise. People, young and old, were able to feel the visceral, real feelings of others in a way so intimate, so intuitive, that it was better than any experience they had ever had. How do you beat an orgy where you feel not only your own ecstasy, but those of everyone around you, male or female? How do you beat the thrill of someone’s shock, or terror, passion or pain, something real, not fake? How do you beat the idea of truly being sublimated to the strength and feeling of safety among a mass?
Highmind is a drug that is injected into the bloodstream, either at the arm or neck hypodermically. It breaks down a previously unknown and benign neurochemical in the brain that prevents reception of brainwaves by the individual brain itself, called Telepenephrine. Under a standard dose, telepenephrine is neutralized until the brain replenishes it, usually 3-4 hours after injection.
Unlike other narcotics, such as opiates or cocaine, the body doesn’t necessarily gain a chemical dependence from Highmind. The psyche, or the Mind, or even the Soul as Psychics say, develops a need for the experience of feeling others in that intimate way. The result is a drug that is highly addictive, but in a different way than a standard physiological reaction. When the user recovers from Highmind, he feels a tremendous sense of loneliness. Women, especially, are notably susceptible to this effect, and without help or the immediate interaction of another person, sometimes hurt themselves out of an urge to gain attention, or kill themselves. Men often revert to a segue of lethargy for days before they come out of their melancholy. Repeated doses makes a person lose a sense of self-identity, making them far more susceptible to suggestion, and overdoses can lead to what Psychics call “Brainburn,” where the brain is overwhelmed with other sensations. This condition can lead to neurological and psychological disorders such as dementia, hallucinations, and even extreme schizophrenia.
Highmind is classified as a Segment 1 Narcotic, which is dangerous, but not addictive, according the the US Marshal Service Drug Enforcement Agency. Then again, it’s only been on the scene for about a year and a half.