5 Things to Know Before Your First Magic Mushroom Trip
The culture surrounding psychedelics has recently shifted. From clinical studies demonstrating that these substances are both safe and effective in treating a variety of mental and even physical health issues, to an avalanche of celebrities coming forward to discuss how a psychedelic trip has improved their lives, the psychedelics taboo is rapidly dissolving.
It’s no wonder, then, that so many people are thinking about “taking a trip” of their own. Perhaps they’ve heard that if done right, a psychedelic experience can help alleviate anxiety, depression, reduce fear of death, and increase empathy.
And, while this sounds incredible, a lot depends on the “if done right” part. As spectacular and transformational as some experiences can be, many would-be psychedelic users are put off by the near-mythical bad trip.
These negative experiences are frequently the result of inadequate preparation. LSD, magic mushrooms, and other traditional psychedelics are quite effective. However, as with any powerful tool, it must be learned how to use before being used. You would not, for example, attempt to operate a chainsaw for the first time without first reading the user’s manual.
Let’s dive into the 5 things you should know before your first magic mushroom trip!
The best way to prevent a negative psychedelic trip is to prepare in advance. This entails knowing everything you can about any substance you are considering introducing into your body.
The first thing you should know is that magic mushrooms are generally considered safe. They are not considered addictive, and it is nearly impossible to overdose on them. The only conceivable exemption is for those suffering from major mental illnesses such as psychosis. So, if you have a serious mental health problem, please see a doctor rather than self-medicate.
A low to medium-sized dose of magic mushrooms is around 1.0-1.5 grams, a standard sized dose is around 2.0-2.5 grams, and a large dose is anything exceeding 3.5 grams. A regular to big dose of magic mushrooms will typically last between 4-6 hours, with the effect beginning 30 minutes to an hour after ingestion.
For your first experience, you should stick to a low to medium dose. It is preferable to initially dip your toes into the water and then decide whether or not to dive in afterwards.
Preparation and Mindfulness
A psychedelic trip is not a one-day experience. It’s better to think of it as a month-long ritual, with two weeks of preparation before the experience and an equivalent amount of time spent on reflection and integration afterward.
In the two weeks prior, you should concentrate on two things: mental and physical preparation, and examining your goals.
In terms of mental and physical preparation, it is critical to understand that psychedelics frequently magnify your psyche. For example, if you are apprehensive or frightened, this can have a detrimental impact on your experience. As a result, you want to enter the experience in the healthiest mental state possible.
The first step is to maintain good physical health. A proper diet affects your mental wellbeing, so make sure you’re eating well and exercising in the weeks leading up to your psychedelic experience.
In terms of mental wellness, try incorporating meditation into your regular regimen. Set a goal of 5 minutes per day. Simply close your eyes and concentrate on taking deep breaths in and out. The aim is to concentrate on the current moment rather than the past or future.
During this time, you should also be reflecting on the reasons you are taking psychedelics. After all, psychedelics can be an incredible tool, but tools must be utilized for a specific purpose.
Journaling is the best way to accomplish this. Spend 5 minutes a day writing about what you want to change in your life. Then go deeper, writing about what is preventing you from becoming a better version of yourself. Consider this carefully.
Set and Setting
It is critical to check your set and setting on the day of your psychedelic experience. Set refers to your mental state as well as your actual surroundings.
It is essential that you are in a safe, familiar, and comfortable place. This might be in your living room, outside, or elsewhere. If you’re staying indoors, keep the area clear and clean, and keep a blanket handy for cuddling. Check that you have easy access to water and a restroom. Play soothing but expansive music, and keep a journal nearby to capture any thoughts that arise during your experience.
Lastly, you’ll need a trip sitter. Make certain that your trip sitter is someone you can trust. You will be vulnerable when under the influence, and if you do not entirely trust the person you are with, you may feel nervous unknowingly.
The most important thing to do after ingesting a substance like magic mushrooms is to let go. This is usually the most challenging step. It is normal to try to fight back when you notice your state of consciousness shifting or even disappearing. Most “bad trips” are caused by this unsuccessful act of resistance. You must let go of your consciousness and trust that it will return.
Your experience does not end when the effects of the psychedelic wear off. In fact, it is only getting started.
It is now time to reflect on what you have gone through and the lessons you have learned. Then you must use these principles in your daily life.
This is known as integration. Fortunately, most of the effort required for integration is similar to that required for preparation. Think about what you experienced. Keep a journal about it, and talk about what you saw and felt with friends and your trip sitter.
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