“It’s a very salutary thing to realize that the rather dull universe in which most of us spend most of our time is not the only universe there is. I think it’s healthy that people should have this [psychedelic] experience.”
― Aldous Huxley
Psychedelics, if used responsibly, can be profoundly life-changing and awe-conjuring.
As has been argued here previously, substances such as LSD and psilocybin mushrooms can catalyze mystical experiences that result in “a long-term increase in openness, which equals an increase in aesthetic appreciation and sensitivity, imagination and fantasy, and broad-minded tolerance of others’ viewpoints and values.”
Furthermore, these substances can also lead to “breakthroughs,” or experiences “in which subjects see and understand their lives and minds in entirely new ways, gaining a renewed sense of the value of life and constructive insight into their peculiar psychic baggage.”
There is much anecdotal evidence and now a growing body of scientific evidence suggesting that these breakthroughs can help people overcome depression, addiction, and more.
Beyond that, psychedelics tend to “unlock” people’s minds in such a way as to allow them to perceive the beauty, surreality, and majesty of the universe in previously unfathomable ways. As Aldous Huxley suggests in the opening quote, it’s almost like discovering an entirely new universe.
These powerful substances have enormous potential to enhance your life, but you must remember that psychedelic experiences can vary widely. Luckily, there are many things you can do to help ensure that you have a positive experience.
In a thread on HighExistence a few weeks ago, HEthens offered tips and advice for an optimal psychedelic experience. This article is a compilation of the best wisdom offered in that thread. Follow this advice, and you’ll be well on your way to psychedelic bliss.
40 Tips & Ideas for an Amazing Psychedelic Experience
1. Choose a location very deliberately.
“…trip out where you feel open, free, comfortable, protected and empowered. If you don’t know that maybe you shouldn’t be tripping.” — @phred
2. Let your breath be your anchor.
“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.” — @bbolint
3. “Play chill music.” — @bashfulkoala
“Maybe most important, MUSIC!! Play some music that you absolutely love. Music can definitely help keep your trip going good. Not to mention, it sounds absolutely amazing while tripping.” — @krkrich
“Try closing eyes when listening to your music of choice and see how deep/lost you can get into it it really is amazing how much more you can appreciate music when ignoring all your other senses” — @bradenmarchand
4. “Have zero obligations all day and preferably the next day as well.” — @bashfulkoala
5. “Trip only with people you love and who completely accept you.” — @bashfulkoala
6. Set intentions.
“You can just party, sure, but you could also use psychedelics for exploration. What part of you would you like to explore this time?” — @MarcvsMaximvs
7. Silence, darkness, and solitude.
“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.” — @MarcvsMaximvs
“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…” — @bbolint
[Note: Being completely alone isn’t recommended unless you have had significant experience with psychedelics.]
8. Go barefoot for a while.
“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.” — @mirthful
9. Don’t think too much.
“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” — @zhaetur
10. Get out in nature.
“Hiking is preferable! Have an ultimate destination in mind (Think: scenic views). Climbing a mountain is a very powerful experience. Strongly encourage you to lose yourself in nature!” — @sandytorna
“… get outside! Best times for me have been at the beach and in the forest.” — @Corey-Emery
“Experience the vibrations and language of nature. Listen. Participate. Feel the connection.” — @CuriousKitten
11. Have a safety blanket.
“… 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.” — @madisonsamz
12. “Dress comfortably.” — @madisonsamz
13. Have water handy. — @madisonsamz
“Always, always, always have water handy. I dont know if it is a mental thing or what, but whenever a trip starts to get too crazy, water always helps me. I tend to have intense come ups, when my body/ mind is adjusting to the substance and water helps a ton.” — @krkrich
14. “Go for walks.” — @bashfulkoala
15. “Meditate beforehand.” — @bashfulkoala
16. “Don’t be hungover.” — @bashfulkoala
17. Bring healthy snacks. — @madisonsamz
“Make sure to have completely natural, vegetarian food available…” — @morty1999
18. Take deep breaths beforehand. — @madisonsamz
19. “Remember that you have control over your mindset.” — @madisonsamz
20. “Trust the process.” — @veronicarosenman
21. “You’ll get the experience you need, not the one you want.” — @TheAppetizer
22. Bring a journal and pens.
“I always like to keep a journal and a few pens with me while I trip.” — @Corey-Emery
“It’s also fun to have a notebook nearby – in my experiences, I have random epiphanies about the simplest things in life that I never realized before, and they end up changing virtually everything in my life for the better. I’m grateful I write them down because I’m not sure I’d remember them otherwise ” — @morty1999
23. Prepare a special playlist.
“Having a comfortable playlist on my phone with headphones ready is always a safety/comfort device for myself.” — @Corey-Emery
24. “Everything is going to be okay.”
“Remember that you took a drug, wanted to do so, and are now along for the ride.” — @bashfulkoala
25. “If things start to get dark, sing a song or hug a friend.” — @bashfulkoala
26. Smoke cannabis.
“This one probably isn’t for everyone, but cannabis has helped me to chill out a few times when trips have gotten a bit intense.” — @bashfulkoala
“I am not sure if I would recommend smoking weed. I have seen it go both ways. Either helping the trip out, or taking it to the next level of intensity. It just depends on the individual” — @krkrich
[Know thyself on this one. If cannabis agrees with you and calms you typically, it might be a good idea to have some with you.]
27. “Enjoy the trip!” — @Corey-Emery
28. Every bad trip has a lesson.
“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.” — @jleebs
29. Go with the flow. Surrender to whatever is happening. — @bashfulkoala
30. Build a campfire.
“… 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.”
31. “Balance yourself out.”
“If there are things stressing you out in your life at the moment, it probably isn’t best to trip unless you want to deal with those stressors head on because they will come up. Take some time, meditate, clear your mind, uplift yourself, raise your vibration. Feel good before you trip.” — @krkrich
32. Different psychedelics in different settings.
“Know the type of setting you will be in for the particular psych you will be doing. This is where I see differences in psychedelics. On shrooms, DMT, etc, i believe you should be somewhere peaceful, comfortable, and controlled. You don’t want to be at a festival on shrooms. You want to be by yourself or around trusted people, who are non-judgmental and familiar. However, on acid, you need to know your limits. For example, I like to do acid at festivals, dance and party. Or I could do acid around friends in a more chill setting. I tend to want to explore a bit more and interact on acid, whereas with mushrooms, that could be too overwhelming.” — @krkrich
33. If things get too intense…
“If things get too intense during the trip, some tips I have are:
– to take some time and focus on your breath. That will always ground you out.
– connect with nature. Seriously, if you are outside, just lay down in the grass and breathe. I have found that this also balances you out and brings you back.
– and water.” — @krkrich
34. Look at art or read a poem.
“Have you ever tried looking at art while tripping, btw? Or read a nice poem? I can’t read on high doses, but art is always great.”
35. Drink coffee when you’re coming down.
“I always find coffee to be the most nourishing thing ever once I start to come down.”
36. Spend time with your pets.
“If you have pets, be sure they’re nearby, because you’ll probably connect with them like never before.”
37. Embrace any discomfort.
“Don’t fight those elements of the trip which make you uncomfortable. Embrace them. If anything, actively pursue them. Make scary faces at them. Play with them. Be them.” — @tuesle
38. “Leave your electronics behind!” — @CuriousKitten
39. “Try camping with a couple of trusted friends.” — @CuriousKitten
40. “Just roll with it.” — @jleebs
Dear Drugs-Forum readers: We are a small non-profit that runs one of the most read drug information & addiction help websites in the world. We serve over 4 million readers per month, and have costs like all popular websites: servers, hosting, licenses and software. To protect our independence we do not run ads. We take no government funds. We run on donations which average $25. If everyone reading this would donate $5 then this fund raiser would be done in an hour. If Drugs-Forum is useful to you, take one minute to keep it online another year by donating whatever you can today. Donations are currently not sufficient to pay our bills and keep the site up. Your help is most welcome. Thank you.