You may have had a bad acid trip and are trying to understand what went wrong, or heard the horror stories of having a bad trip on mushrooms and are trying to avoid it. Regardless, if you seek to further your understanding regarding bad trips you’ve come to the right place. I have had heavy experience with psychedelics with few bad trips as a result of following 3 simple rules.
Before we dive in…
Psychedelics are extremely profound substances that should never be abused. All psychedelic use is risky, especially if you have latent mental disorders identified through genetics. Even if you don’t have a latent mental disorder, disrespect of psychedelics can trigger post traumatic stress disorders (PTSD), dissociative disorders, and hallucinatory persistent perceptual disorders (HPPD) amongst other issues can follow a psychedelic trip. Not only should you use these substances at your own risk, you should have immense respect for what they’re capable of. These are not “party drugs”, these are ancient entheogenic compounds that are said to connect an individual to the spiritual realm. The human mind is incapable of grasping just how profound and terrifying an experience can be.
Now that we got that out of the way, what are the rules that you should never break to avoid a bad trip on psychedelics including a bad acid trip or a bad trip on mushrooms?
- Know Your Dose – One of the most important rules to using psychedelics is to know your dose. The general rule of thumb is you can always take more, you can’t take less. Don’t read “what’s a good first time dose” and just take the advice you find online from a stranger. I read 3.5 grams of shrooms was a good dose while avoiding a bad trip on mushrooms. However, in retrospect found this to be way too high for my first dose. Luckily, I was smart and took less than suggested.You can always take more you can’t take less. This is why avoiding a bad acid trip is so difficult, because you don’t know your dose. A dose of pure LSD-25 is 100 micrograms, that’s 100 millionths of a gram. The term “micro” isn’t misleading, it’d be impossible to see a dose of LSD with the naked eye. There could be 10 doses of LSD on a blotter and you’d never know it. Also, you’re trusting a basement chemist to dose the blotters, there’s room for error. And you don’t know your substance, it easily can be laced with research chemicals. Sure, mushrooms could be laced with research chemicals as well, but this is far more uncommon than with street acid.
- Know Your Setting – Unlike party drugs, psychedelics heighten emotion rather than numbing it. Because of this, you want to be in an environment you are very comfortable in with little to no chance of interference. If you’re anxious with your environment, you’ll be extremely anxious on psychedelics. If you think you’re room is a little dirty, it will turn disgusting. If you’re afraid someone could interfere with your trip, you’ll be terrified that they will.
- Know Yourself – The final and perhaps the most important rule is to know yourself. Know your personality and if psychedelics are a fit for you. If you are resistant to being out of control, then you’re likely to fight the experience thus induce a bad trip on mushrooms. If you’re depressed and you take psychedelics, you’re likely to become extremely depressed once they kick in. If you’re using psychedelics just to party, you’d be better off with a party drug. Know your intentions, your emotions, and your personality going into the experience. You want to be open minded, respectful of the substance, at peace (though some anxiety is normal), and ready to let go.
I hope this helped clarify how to avoid a bad trip on psychedelics including a bad acid trip or a bad trip on mushrooms. Check out the embedded video for a more thorough video explanation from the author of this article!
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Philip Markoff (Associate of Science) is an online influencer and thought leader on addiction education; he is known as his alias “CG Kid” who’s obtained a large audience primarily on YouTube as a vlogger and journalist. His current sobriety date from polysubstance chemical dependency is June 9th, 2013.