Also known as “flipside,” tempo is a BAD (bioengineered awakened drug) derived from a hybrid of angel’s trumpets (Burgmansia) and an Awakened variant of the gameleira (or strangler fig) tree, primarily the bark. The refined drug is a crystalline powder that has an oily rainbow shimmer to it. The name “tempo” comes from the Afro-Brazilian religion Umbanda, the name of one of its orixás, also known as Gran Bwa, or “Great Tree.” The name also reflects the drug’s associations with the
music and club scene. Its popular nickname “flipside,” comes from the drug’s effect of allowing users to perceive the magical side of life. Taking tempo is often known as “flipping,” while unusual behavior while on the drug is known as “flipping out.”

Tempo produces a euphoric feeling, an increased sensitivity to the emotions of others, along with mild hallucinations, making users somewhat disoriented and suggestible. Users often perceive glimpses or flashes of astral phenomena, which vary depending on the environment, and tempo use increases dopamine levels, leading to a greater sense of well being, overconfidence, and resistance to pain.

Tempo is highly addictive, creating both a physical dependence on increased dopamine levels and psychological addiction to the drug’s other effects. Addicts typically develop a tolerance to the drug’s effects, requiring greater dosages, and looking for stronger forms of stimulation, which can lead to extremely risky behavior. “Down-side” effects include insomnia, apathy, depression, loss of appetite, and a general inability to enjoy the mundane world. Severe and long-term side effects include blackouts and memory loss, often coupled with personality changes and severe psychotic behavior.

Tempo is illegal in many, but not all nations, and its import and sale is regulated even in places where it is legal to sell and use.


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