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How do you prepare for a mushroom or truffle trip?
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How do you prepare for a mushroom or truffle trip?

Written by: Eva Zonneveld

Going on a psychedelic trip is an experience like no other. Psilocybin, the active substance in these plants causing a disorienting effect, should be used with care and precision. Whether you're seeking a spiritual journey or simply want to let your creativity run wild, thorough preparation and planning are essential. Wondering how to get ready for an experience with mushrooms or truffles? Keep reading: here's a guide in 6 clear steps to get the most out of your trip.

1. Do your homework

It certainly sounds fun to try some shrooms or truffles, right? But what exactly do they do to your body? What should you expect, and how much should you consume before you start feeling the effects? All these questions and more are crucial to prepare for your psychedelic journey and to feel truly in your element. Do your research and gather information about what you hope to gain from your trip and how to achieve it. Find out the right dosage for you and the best consumption method. If you're an experienced psychonaut, you might have some idea about the process, but it's always good to delve deeper, especially if you're new to the scene!

2. Start fresh

Looking forward to a truffle or mushroom trip is exciting, but no matter how eager you are, preparation is key. Avoid eating anything several hours before your journey. The reason is that trips with mushrooms and truffles can sometimes cause nausea. An empty stomach definitely helps manage those uncomfortable feelings, allowing you to focus on the desired effects. This also enhances the effects because there's nothing in your system to potentially disrupt the trip.

3. Find your rhythm

An experience with mushrooms and truffles can be intense, but there's also the risk of a negative experience. A lot hinges on your mood and environment. Think of your mood as the 'software' and your physical surroundings as the 'hardware'. Ensure both are in top shape to maximize your trip. If you're feeling stressed or negative, it might be best to postpone your experience until a better time. Mushrooms and truffles can amplify lingering emotions and thoughts, so it's wise to be in a positive mindset when diving deep into your mind. The happier and more upbeat you are, the higher the chances of a wonderful journey. However, being in a good mood is only half the battle. As the mushrooms and truffles work their magic, you'll want to stay on course throughout, free from external disturbances. If you're new to this, perhaps start in a familiar setting like your living room or bedroom where external stimuli are less likely to intrude.

Another option is to take it outdoors. Seek out a calm, peaceful setting for an inspired journey, surrounded by nothing but grass, chirping birds, the sound of flowing water, and a gentle breeze.

4. Come prepared

Plan your trip well! Embarking on a mushroom or truffle adventure isn't a spur-of-the-moment decision. Clear your schedule for your chosen day and let people know you won't be available. Remember, these trips can last up to 8 hours.

5. Have a travel buddy

Whether you're a seasoned psychonaut or just beginning to explore the world of psychedelics, it's always smart to inform someone about your plans. Consider sharing the experience with a small group or a trusted friend. This not only can enrich the journey but also provides a safety net. Journeying together with mushrooms or truffles can take unexpected turns, and having a sober friend or 'trip-sitter' can serve as a grounding anchor, much like a designated driver after a night out. This person ensures everything runs smoothly, and everyone remains safe and comfortable. It's a beautiful way to share profound moments while looking out for one another.

6. Have a game plan

So you're all set to start, but how do you proceed? Do you consume all at once, or start slow and gradually increase? It's worth noting that the truffles available are designed for a one-time consumption. However, the onset of effects can vary based on the quality and your personal body chemistry. If you're less experienced, it's wise to tread carefully. Start with a small amount and add more if needed. It's crucial not to take too much before feeling the effects, as it can be overwhelming.

Eva Zonneveld
Meet Eva, an author who merges her literary talent with a deep fascination for magic mushrooms, crafting stories that unravel the hidden realms of consciousness and the mycelium's wisdom.