What are your tips/advice for having a great psychedelic experience?

 Jordan Bates (@bashfulkoala)3 years, 11 months ago

Some of mine:

1. Play chill music.
2. Smoke cannabis. (probably not for everyone but has helped me chill out on shrooms a few times)
3. Zero obligations all day and preferably the next day as well.
4. Trip only with people you love and who completely accept you.
5. Go for walks.
6. Meditate beforehand.
7. Don’t be hungover.
8. Everything is going to be okay. Remember that I took a drug, wanted to do so, and am now along for the ride.
9. If things start to get dark, sing a song or hug a friend.
Let me know yours! I’m thinking I will take all of these and combine them into an epic guide to having a great psychedelic experience. : ]
December 6, 2015 at 11:48 pm
Mark (26) (@MarcvsMaximvs) 3 years, 11 months ago ago

That’s a great list. I don’t have much to add to it except for setting intentions as well. You can just party, sure, but you could also use psychedelics for exploration. What part of you would you like to explore this time?

Weed does not always work for me, btw. It reduces clarity.

Silence, darkness and solitude can also be your friends, if you are up to it. Sometimes the greatest experiences are the ones you are afraid of facing.

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Jordan Bates (4,657)A (@bashfulkoala) 3 years, 11 months ago ago

Good tips/thoughts, Mark. Thank you!

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Mirthful (13) (@mirthful) 3 years, 11 months ago ago

Don’t trust anything you “learn” on your trip, don’t take the revelations too seriously, at the time or afterwards. It’s all bunk, probably.

At some point, stand on bare earth in your bare feet. You should also walk around a bit but if you’re not used to walking in bare feet it might surprise you, so stand for a while first. It sounds like nonsense but it’s incredible, you’ll just have to try it.

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Jordan Bates (4,657)A (@bashfulkoala) 3 years, 11 months ago ago

Love the bare feet tip. Also appreciate the tip to not take too seriously the lessons of a trip — however, I can’t say I entirely agree. Many of the epiphanies I’ve had on psychedelics have proven valuable and have been reinforced by other experiences.

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Mirthful (13) (@mirthful) 3 years, 11 months ago ago

Of course they’re valuable, just don’t take them too seriously.

I mean, your soul may well be nothing more than the harmonic interplay between the simultaneously spoken words with which god has begun and ended the universe, but how seriously do you want to take that idea?

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Martijn Schirp (112,773)A (@martijn) 3 years, 11 months ago ago

I don’t want to take the idea of not taking my psychedelic ideas too seriously, too seriously. 

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Zhaetur (89) (@zhaetur) 3 years, 11 months ago ago

It’s a bit counter intuitive but don’t think too much. Psychedelics are great for personal growth but it’s easy to get into thought loops. Staying present and aware is when the magic really starts to come out

literally

:)

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Jordan Bates (4,657)A (@bashfulkoala) 3 years, 11 months ago ago

Great advice.

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sandy (15) (@sandytorna) 3 years, 11 months ago ago

Choose a tripping location. Hiking is preferable! Have an ultimate destination in mind (Think: scenic views). Climbing a mountain is a very powerful experience. Strongly encourage you to loose yourself in nature! 

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Jordan Bates (4,657)A (@bashfulkoala) 3 years, 11 months ago ago

Great tip, sandy. Thank you!

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Phred (0) (@Phred) 3 years, 11 months ago ago

Trip out in nature. OK, I’m comfortable and happy in nature. So this works for me. Reset, trip out where you feel open, free, comfortable, protected and empowered. If you don’t know that maybe you shouldn’t be tripping.

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Jordan Bates (4,657)A (@bashfulkoala) 3 years, 11 months ago ago

excellent advice, phred. thank you. :]

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Linjoe (9) (@linjoe) 3 years, 11 months ago ago

That is indeed a great list! one thing i would look out with is smoking cannabis though. While you hope it will relax you it can also do the opposite and intensify the trip. 

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Jordan Bates (4,657)A (@bashfulkoala) 3 years, 11 months ago ago

very true, lindsey. thanks for the note of caution.

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Linjoe (9) (@linjoe) 3 years, 11 months ago ago

3 most important factors: the drug, the set and the setting:

Drug: make sure you take a correct dosage, more do’s not always meen better.  do some good research on the perfect dosage for your body weight. higher dosages bring a bigger breakdown the next day.

Set: the people you surround yourself with is very important, tripping with your best friends or people you feel relaxt with are the best people. try to avoid new or unpredictable people.


setting: Location is very important, try some great woods or a lovely room full of cushions and blankets are amazing. 

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bbolint (1) (@bbolint) 3 years, 11 months ago ago

If your experience gets intense or scary, remember: you can always go back to focusing on your breath… For me it is the ultimate anchor to stay centered, even during the darkest phases.

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Jordan Bates (4,657)A (@bashfulkoala) 3 years, 11 months ago ago

excellent tip, balint. thank you.

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Anonymous (2) (@) 3 years, 11 months ago ago

Shpongle.

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Jordan Bates (4,657)A (@bashfulkoala) 3 years, 11 months ago ago

for those unaware, shpongle is some trippy-ass music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWpSbTdNMjk

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Vero (1) (@veronicarosenman) 3 years, 11 months ago ago

Trust the process.

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Jordan Bates (4,657)A (@bashfulkoala) 3 years, 11 months ago ago

well put. thank you.

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Madison Samuels (2) (@madisonsamz) 3 years, 11 months ago ago

-Music is so important for me. The music can change my entire trip. However, don’t get caught up on deciding beforehand because often your mind will change when you’re trippin. 

-As for my advice, trip outside or at least have the ability to go outside. You don’t want to feel trapped. Even if it’s just the forest in your back yard. The one time I had a bad trip I was stuck inside all night. Drove me so crazy. It’s just nice to have the ability to go outside. However, I usually always come back and snuggle in some blankets after a few hours of outside adventures.

-Speaking of blankets, a safety blanket always makes me so comfortable. I often have a sweater or something to hold onto and put on if I get cold or sit on if I go outside in the grass.

-Dress comfortably.

-Clean beforehand so you don’t comeback to an empty house

-Water handy

-Snacks handy (healthy snacks!) 

-Deep breaths before

-Just remember that you have control over your mindset

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Jordan Bates (4,657)A (@bashfulkoala) 3 years, 11 months ago ago

great list, madison. thank you very much.

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TheAppetizer (49) (@TheAppetizer) 3 years, 11 months ago ago

You’ll get the experience you need not the one you want  

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Jordan Bates (4,657)A (@bashfulkoala) 3 years, 11 months ago ago

dang. powerful. thanks.

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TheAppetizer (49) (@TheAppetizer) 3 years, 11 months ago ago

Anytime man im glad its depth reached i heard it from this great youtuber, under the name “psychedsubstances” hes extremely helpful and informative.. otherwise happy tripping!  

also my friends and i aways told each other that, psychedelics choose to do you..you dont choose to do psychedelics  

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Corey Emery (1) (@Corey-Emery) 3 years, 11 months ago ago

Great list to start with and excellent additions from people. I always like to keep a journal and a few pens with me while I trip. Having a comfortable playlist on my phone with headphone ready is always a safety/comfort device for myself. Other than those two additions, get outside! Best times for me have been at the beach and in the forest. Worst time was in a small hotel room. Enjoy the trip!

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Jordan Bates (4,657)A (@bashfulkoala) 3 years, 11 months ago ago

brilliant advice. thanks, corey.

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Jleebs (18) (@Jleebs) 3 years, 11 months ago ago

I gotta say one of the most important to me is every bad trip has a lesson, if you find yourself lost, just relax.. clear your head, and you’ll probably just come to realize what you just learned because it’s always pretty eye opening and oddly comforting. It’s called a trip because you’re wrapped up in the past and not focusing on the present and being aware. Nature is always the best, but really you enjoy anything no matter what.. It’s a state of euphoria. Regardless if you’re on a “drug” the thoughts in your mind are still your own, life is a perceived fantasy. Don’t be afraid of thinking, just roll with it, don’t focus on your tracks but what’s ahead and it’ll be an amazing experience every time.

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Beverly Johnson (48) (@lovydovybevy) 3 years, 11 months ago ago

I don’t have any tips. I just wanted to say that I appreciate this thread because I’m having my first experience with shrooms on Saturday! I’m so excited and will keep everyone’s tips in mind. :) 

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Jordan Bates (4,657)A (@bashfulkoala) 3 years, 11 months ago ago

sounds like it came at the right time. i’m very glad. :) good luck!

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Jordan Bates (4,657)A (@bashfulkoala) 3 years, 9 months ago ago

beverly, curious how your trip was?

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Flowingmonkey (0) (@Flowingmonkey) 3 years, 11 months ago ago

Any advice on tripping on lsd by yourself ?

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bbolint (1) (@bbolint) 3 years, 11 months ago ago

I suggest you to start with a dose you can control, and then move up with it. 

With lsd I am always very careful not to get in contact with other people who are in an ordinary state of consciousness. They can be an excellent screen for projections, and intensify the experience (in a disturbing way).

I love to trip alone because for me it is a great way to overcome my shadows with noone there to help me but me…

also, if you can build a campfire and sit next to it, it is amazing how warming and comforting the presence of the fire can be, holding you in a safe environment, being the ‘safe space’ during your trip.

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