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How bad trips on LSD and magic mushrooms compare

  1. Phungushead
    View attachment 42224 The Global Drug Survey (GDS) tells us a lot about how drug use differs from country to country and one of those metrics is how people feel when doing drugs.

    The GDS produces a “High-way Code” to safer drug use, based on the experiences of users. According to this guide, those taking psychedelics such as LSD and magic mushrooms are among the most safety conscious users.

    However, one of the well known possible outcomes of psychedelics is the ‘bad trip’. The simplest way to describe this is as a disturbing psychological experience, usually characterised by extreme levels of anxiety.

    Not all users of LSD and magic mushrooms have experienced one - according to the survey, the majority of respondents have not, but a significant proportion have.

    Isolating only countries where there were over 500 survey respondents in 2014, Portugal was the place where LSD users were most likely to have had a bad trip at some point.

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    Over a third of users in both Portugal and Mexico had experienced a bad LSD trip at some point, with the European country coming on top of the list with 38%. In all countries, bar the Netherlands and Belgium, respondents have reported experiencing this effect.

    Surprisingly though, the Portuguese are actually least likely of any of these nations to say they have had a bad trip on magic mushrooms. Only 12% said they had. North American countries Canada and the United States were where users were most likely to report a bad trip with 33.9% and 32.5% respectively.

    There does not seem to be much impact of legality on this metric. Spain and Brazil have no prohibition on the use of magic mushrooms. While in the former 24.9% have had a bad trip, that is almost twice the proportion of those in Brazil (12.5%).

    The closing date of the Global Drug Survey 2015 has been extended to 30 December. Make sure to take part before it closes here: http://www.globaldrugsurvey.com/GDS2015/

    23 December 2014

    George Arnett
    The Guardian
    Photo: Magic mushrooms from a farm in central Netherlands, PETER DEJONG/AP


  1. Joe-(5-HTP)
    This is so interesting I think my brain might actually explode.
  2. Dankitydankness
    The title of this thread us totally misleading. This has nothing to do with the differences of a bad trip on mushrooms and lsd.
  3. Cwb20022
    I think its interesting. I've done lsd over a dozen times never having a bad trip.

    Yet I've done shrooms 3 times. With each time being a bad trip. Caused me to stop all psychedelics.

    So i seem to fit in with there statistics. I'm still debating if I'll actually do the survey though.
  4. Potter
    What the hell is up with Portugal?
  5. 2079
    Interesting statistics, I for one can say I've never had a "bad trip" Ive done shrooms at least 10 times acid a few times. DXM is my DOC. I can sometimes get bad anxiety if I smoke weed but nothing scary. Mixing DXM, 2gs of mushrooms, 300mg of diphenhydramine, Vodka, weed, and stupid amounts of Nitrous Oxide was quite the intense experience, and definitely had me tripping balls but I've never felt fearful of my life.

    Can anyone explain what are the aspects of a bad trip? I've whited out before, and felt like I died on DXM but overall I enjoyed the experience. I have a friend who is a big mushroom fan, and he makes it sound like you meet god and he tells you every bad thing you ever done, and melts your face off. Could it be possible I've had a bad trip but don't care? I am different than most I actually enjoy being twacked, and I find delirium one of the most fascinating things.
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