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The most common mistakes during a psychedelic trip: how to avoid them?
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The most common mistakes during a psychedelic trip: how to avoid them?

Written by: Eva Zonneveld

Psychedelic substances like psilocybin mushrooms, LSD, and DMT can offer deep and enriching experiences but also come with serious risks if not used respectfully and responsibly. Here are some common mistakes people make during a psychedelic trip and how to avoid them.

Insufficient preparation:

One of the biggest mistakes is a lack of proper preparation. A safe and supportive environment, a comfortable setting, and a positive mindset are essential. Also, make sure you are well-informed about the effects and risks of the substance you are using.

  1. Incorrect dosing: Taking too much can lead to intense and potentially distressing experiences, while too little can be frustrating. It's essential to know and respect the correct dosage to avoid unpleasant experiences.
  2. Poor set and setting: The environment (setting) and the psychological state (set) of the user are crucial. An unsafe environment or a negative emotional state can make the trip unpleasant. Choose a quiet, comfortable, and safe place, and ensure you are in a positive, relaxed mood.
  3. Lack of a tripsitter: A tripsitter is a sober, reliable person who is there to provide support and assistance if needed. Tripping without an experienced tripsitter can be risky, especially for inexperienced users.
  4. Combining with other substances: Mixing psychedelics with other substances like alcohol, medications, or other drugs can be dangerous and negatively impact the experience. It is advisable not to combine psychedelics with other substances unless there is sufficient knowledge and experience regarding their interactions.
  5. Ignoring medical and mental health: Individuals with certain medical conditions or mental health issues may be at greater risk when using psychedelics. It's important to carefully research and seek medical advice if necessary before embarking on a trip.
  6. Unrealistic expectations: Some people approach a psychedelic experience with unrealistic expectations about what it will bring them. This can lead to disappointment or frustration. It's important to have an open mind and let the experience unfold as it comes.
  7. Neglecting integration: Integration is the process of reflecting on, understanding, and applying the insights gained during a trip. Ignoring this process can result in valuable lessons and insights being lost.

How to avoid them?

  1. Educate yourself: Conduct thorough research on the substance you're considering and ensure you are well-informed about the effects, risks, and safety measures.
  2. Plan ahead: Determine your set and setting in advance, secure a reliable tripsitter, and avoid scheduling commitments immediately after the trip.
  3. Respect your body and mind: Listen to your body and mind and avoid psychedelics if you are not feeling well or are in a negative mood.
  4. Integration: Allocate sufficient time for reflection and integration after the trip.

Remember that the use of psychedelics requires responsibility and respect. If you choose to use them, do so in a safe, informed, and respectful manner.

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.