What's your craziest mushroom experience


English original from: [email protected] & [email protected]
Translation by Frank Kröner
expanded in 2005 by eNDe
Table of contents
1 Introduction
1.1 What are hallucinogens - psychedelics?
1.2 What are psychedelics?
2. Before
2.1 Selection of substances
2.2 Legal position
2.3 Differences between psilocybin and LSD trips
2.4 Dosage of the active ingredients
2.5 Dangers of Using Psychedelics
2.6 Drug interaction
2.7 Safer Use Rules
3. Setting
3.1 Selection of fellow travelers
3.2 Choice of location
3.3 Packing "
3.4 Music
3.5 triptoys
3.6 Other
3.7 Intention of the trip
4. During
4.1 General advice
4.2 Physical side effects
4.3 Flight plan
4.4 Differences in experiences with different psychedelics
4.5 Overview of the hallucinogenic effects
4.6 The psychedelic levels
5. After that
6. For the traveler
6.1 Stages of Consciousness
6.2 Don't worry, be happy
6.3 Psychedelic experiences just for fun
6.4 The Eraserhead Syndrome
6.5 The last words of wisdom
7. For the guide (trip sitter)
7.1 Role of the guide
7.2 Mastering difficult hurdles
7.3 Summary by an anonymous reader
7.4 Footnote on T. Leary
8. Conclusion
9. Further reading
10. Copyleft
1 Introduction

A lot has been written about the properties of psychedelics (psychoactive substances, entheogens, hallucinogens) and some excellent texts can be found on the Internet in particular. The best known is probably "The Psychedelic Experience" by Dr. Timothy Leary, the grand master of the psychedelic movement. So far, however, no proper text has been published that prepares the psychedelic debutant for the experience or presents the topic in a simple way to interested, inexperienced people. This text is an attempt in that direction.
"We" and "I" are constantly changing in this text. This has nothing to do with psychedelic-based schizophrenia, but with the fact that there are several authors in this case. The whole text consists of 6 main parts. Parts 2 to 5 (Before, Setting, During, After) describe the preparations for a trip, the trip itself and the aftermath. Part 6 is written specifically for the first-time traveler and part 7 for the trip sitter who is supposed to help others during a psychedelic experience.
1.1 What are hallucinogens - psychedelics?

The term "hallucinogens" is a bit misleading. These are drugs that trigger altered sensory perceptions. That it is not about pure fantasies becomes clear from the suitability of "hallucinogens" for psychotherapy and spiritual rituals - which is why they should actually be better called psychedelics, psychoactive agents or entheogens. The following quote describes what exactly happens:
“Hallucinogens are chemicals that in non-toxic (non-toxic) doses cause changes in perception, consciousness and mood, but rarely cause mental confusion, memory loss or disorientation in relation to people, space and time. ...
... Serotonin is a brain hormone. It dampens the reaction to incoming stimuli and works wherever excessive stimuli need to be prevented and weakened. Serotonin thus promotes habit formation and protects against information overload.
Hallucinogenic drugs appear to delay the onset of habit formation by blocking the production of serotonin. The brain now reacts to well-known stimuli as if to something completely new. The thought processes and the ability to differentiate and feel as well as the sensory sensitivity are increased beyond the known limits of normal consciousness. "
(Alexandra Rosenbohm "Hallucinogenic Drugs in Shamanism", Dietrich Reimer Vlg.)
1.2 What belongs to the psychedelics

The most important and strongest is LSD. Next up are mescaline (peyote and San Pedro cactus) and psilocybin (mushrooms, "magic mushrooms"). Some others, which also have a very psychedelic effect, are characterized by physical intolerance and strong side effects, which is why they only play a subordinate role in our latitudes. These include, for example, Ayahuasca (DMT) and toadstools. There are also a number of synthetic substances with a psychedelic effect that are also not widely used. Marijuana / cannabis and ecstasy / MDMA are hermaphrodites: the former also has a very calming effect (downer), the latter a stimulating one (upper), but the psychedelic effect of both is not as strong as that of pure psychedelics.
2. Before

All aspects of preparation, including mental, for the trip
2.1 Selection of substances
By far the most widely used psychedelics are LSD (more precisely LSD-25) and psilocybin mushrooms:
Mexicans (Stropharia cubensis)
Magic truffle (Sclerotia tampanesis)
Hawaiians (Copelandia cayanescens)
and native varieties, e.g .:
Conical bald head (Psilocybe semilanceata)
Blue bald head (Psilocybe cyanescens)
Stately bald head (Psilocybe azurescens)
furthermore cacti containing mescaline:
Peyote (Lophophora williamsii) (slow growing, endangered species !!!)
San Pedro cactus (Trichocereus pachanoi) (fast growing)
Recently, the Aztec sage (Salvia divinorum) has also been attracting increasing attention, as it leads to a very short (approx. 15 minutes) but intense experience when smoked.
Most of these psychedelics work via indole alkaloids (tryptamine, etc.), which are closely related to the body's own neurotransmitters.
One still has to explain to the average alcohol / caffeine / nicotine user that not all drugs are so-called downers, i.e. have a narcotic effect. MDMA is in a class of its own, but many aspects of this text can be transferred to "E". However, the average way in which MDMA is used (as a party drug) seems to be more indicative of a physically ecstatic than a psychedelic effect. People who have taken MDMA in a completely different context (for example Timothy Leary) such as is done with LSD or mescaline to achieve a spiritual goal tell of effects that are clearly classically psychedelic.
There are of course a lot of really exotic psychedelics such as ketamine, ayahuasca and DMT, but the normal consumer will probably not come across these substances if he does not have ethnobotany as a hobby. With the appropriate dose, LSD can work for up to 12 hours, which is certainly a little off-putting for first-time users. Mushrooms only work about half the time. Even so, many consider LSD to be a more positive substance compared to magic mushrooms. But in the end, as is so often the case, this is a matter of taste. Incidentally, horror trips for first-time consumption are extremely rare.
2.2 Legal position
The possession of LSD is fundamentally illegal.
Since 2005, mushrooms containing psilocybin have also been covered by the Narcotics Act - however, it has not yet been possible to prohibit the cultivars native to Germany from growing. Mescaline-containing cacti are traded as ornamental plants, but may not be used as a drug. Only Aztec sage is not yet covered by the German Narcotics Act.
2.3 Differences between psilocybin and LSD trips
Psychedelic substances such as LSD and psilocybin enable access to the super- and subconscious mind with clear consciousness and good memory. The psychedelic experiences under the influence of psilocybin are similar to those after consuming LSD, but there are striking differences: The duration of action is significantly shorter with mushrooms with a maximum of 6 hours (LSD trips last up to 10 hours and longer) and the "psychedelic journey" is therefore easier to control. The risk of "having a bad mood" (bad trip, bad trip) is significantly lower with mushrooms compared to LSD!
Psilocybin also usually causes a stable positive emotional coloration, i.e. abrupt mood swings are comparatively less common, and it leads to less distress when reliving repressed conflicts and traumatic experience material. In addition, psilocybin has fewer neurovegetative side effects and is less prone to loss of identification. For the reasons mentioned, psilocybin is therefore preferred to the "more powerful" LSD when used in psychoanalysis / psychotherapy (see below) but also by many users.
During "hallucinogenic journeys", the brain reaches an unbelievably wakeful state, so that it is almost impossible to fall asleep - unlike after consuming cannabis. The "Psilo-Film" ends quickly and gently, and drug hangovers are rare. All indole alkaloids (LSD, mescaline, psilocybin) quickly lead to tolerance, i.e. after one or two consumption within 1-2 days, the dose must be increased immensely if the same effect is to be achieved. Cross-tolerance also exists with one another, but not with drugs with a different structure (e.g. the THC in hashish). The tolerance is lifted after about a week of abstinence.
The absorbed psilocybin is converted into psilocin by splitting off phosphoric acid and distributed evenly over all body organs. 25% of this amount is excreted unchanged via the kidneys, 65% is further metabolized (metabolized) within a few hours and about 10% remains stored in adipose tissue for a few days.
2.4 Dosage of the active ingredients
The dose should first be set low. Afterwards you can increase the dose slowly, but for understandable reasons it is of course no longer possible to reduce the dose after taking it. On the black market, nobody can say how much is in the cardboard or the mushroom or the pill. An experienced friend is not a bad thing. Especially with LSD you shouldn't fall for the "Nothing has happened yet, I don't notice anything, I'd better throw it in" trap. 2 hours is a good time to wait at least.
Dave Gross ([email protected]) says: "But not too low. The first trip is very important and the potential seems to increase the first time you visit the psychedelic world. In my opinion it can only be beneficial if the first trip is a hefty one (dive in instead of wading in). There are two considerations - minimizing the risk of horror and increasing the possibility of a good trip. Both are important. But if safety were the most important consideration, no one would Enter the psychedelic world with illegal substances. There has to be a balance between safe conservatism ("How do I travel safely") and enthusiasm ("How to see God, become God and later, with good music, declare him obsolete"). "
dosagepsilocybin-containing mushrooms
If you have no experience with psychedelics at all, I would advise against consuming these mushrooms for the time being, because the experience is already relatively intense and profound. If at all, it is better to start with gentler things, e.g. cannabis. After that, however, mushrooms are the next step up the ladder in terms of physical and emotional compatibility.
Since the psiloc (yb) content can vary greatly depending on the mushroom species, but also within the same species, it is not easy to draw conclusions about the amount of mushrooms consumed in Psiloc (yb) ingested:
Mushroom species:
Psilocybe azurenscens - 1.78 - 0.38 - 0.35
Psilocybe bohemica - 1.34 - 0.11 - 0.02
Psilocybe semilanceata - 0.98 - 0.02 - 0.36
Psilocybe baeocystis - 0.85 - 0.59 - 0.10 -
Psilocybe cyanescens - 0.85 - 0.36 - 0.03 -
Psilocybe tampanensis - 0.68 - 0.32 - n / a -
Psilocybe cubensis - 0.63 - 0.60 - 0.025 -
Psilocybe weilii - 0.61 - 0.27 - 0.05 -
Psilocybe hoogshagenii - 0.60 - 0.10 - n / a -
Psilocybe stuntzii - 0.36 - 0.12 - 0.02 -
Psilocybe cyanofibrillosa - 0.21 - 0.04 - n / a -
Psilocybe liniformans - 0.16 - n / a - 0.005
As a rough guide, about 2 g dried / 20 g fresh Psilocybe cubensis (Mexicans) contain as much psychedelic substance (mostly psilocybin) as 1 g / 10 g Psilocybe semilanceata or Psilocybe cyanescens or 0.5 g / 5 gPsilocybe azurescens. (2 g Psilocybe cyanescens, for example, are already really heavy!)
The starting dose for first-time consumption is usually 2 g of dried Psilocybe cubensis (Mexican). If you need to add more an hour later, you can still keep 1/2 g in reserve.
The best thing to do is to stir the chopped mushrooms into a cup of granulated broth and let them soften briefly - this makes a good mushroom soup. Although too much heat breaks down the substances, there are always raves about mushroom omelets. If you don't like mushroom taste in principle, you should try to cover it up, e.g. with intensely tasting juices or yoghurt.
Here is a table that should give an approximate impression of the strength of different doses, all using the example of dried Mexicans:
0.5 - 1.5 g light
Most of the time, the experience is quite smooth at this dosage
1.5 - 2.5 g medium
At this dosage a stronger experience occurs, which can be quite typical psychedelic. There are often hallucinations that can sometimes be quite intense.
2.5 - 5.0 g strong
At this dosage, a clearly psychedelic experience occurs that can be too intense for some
over 5.0 g very strong
At doses above 5 g, a very strong, psychedelic experience occurs, such doses should only be approached with a lot of experience and a good tripsitter or in a psychotherapeutic setting.
Overdose and other dangers:
First of all, the facts: mushrooms containing psilocybin are * actually not * toxic. Regular consumption of psilocybin does not lead to physical (physical) dependence; however, the (low) risk of developing psychological dependence cannot be ruled out in principle. With fresh mushrooms you would have to eat your own body weight of mushrooms to die from it. Mixed consumption of these mushrooms with ecstasy and speed is, however, strongly discouraged, as the risk of ecstasy / speed-induced heat stroke could increase. The biggest problem with self-collected mushrooms, however, could be not having caught the right ones, as some native psilocybe can also be confused with really poisonous mushrooms (cracked mushrooms, Galerina species).
LSD dosage
Slightly 0.025 mg
Medium 0.075 mg (approximately the standard amount of a cardboard)
Strong 0.15 mg
Very strong> 0.3 mg
Even with LSD, physical harm due to overdosing can hardly occur. Psychedelic psychotherapy even works with very high doses (up to 0.6 mg), as it has a revealing effect from 0.1 mg. However, saturation is reached from 0.5 mg at the latest - higher doses do not lead to deeper experiences. LSD can trigger a more or less pronounced psychological dependence, although this is rather unlikely, since a trip is usually experienced as exhausting and after an intense LSD experience one naturally initially feels the desire to distance themselves from it To be able to process experience. A psychological dependence on LSD can be overcome relatively easily by a longer abstinence; physical withdrawal symptoms do not occur. Similar to Psilos, it builds up a high tolerance quite quickly, which decreases after a few days of abstinence.
Dosage of other psychedelics

With peyote, an average of 2-4 buttons (dried cactus heads) are chewed, with a high dose of up to 12 buttons.
San Pedro cactus: average amount 100 g dry weight powdered with juice wash down (does not taste as bad as peyote, but is still quite bitter)
Since Aztec sage is smoked and the effect occurs in a few seconds, the dosage is unnecessary: ​​When the effect is there, you stop smoking.
2.5 Dangers of Using Psychedelics
Since overdosing up to a lethal dose is almost impossible with psychedelics, the greatest dangers are psychological in nature.
While the desired visual and acoustic effects and the interesting body feeling dominate with low and medium dosages, high dosages or unwanted overdosing can lead to a strong psychotropic effect. First and foremost, the intensification of the currently existing basic feeling (set) should be mentioned, which is why one should not take the substances in times of emotional stress. So rather freshly in love than in times of separation :-) The next stage would be to overcome the displacement barrier that protects us from being flooded with information from unconscious areas.These are of course exactly the reasons why psychotherapists, shamans and psychonauts use these substances. Think of it this way: Our unconscious is comparable to a huge storage facility, barn or floor, in which bulky waste (unprocessed trauma) and treasures (e.g. spiritual experiences) lie around in equal measure. The spectrum can range from terrible childhood experiences to birth trauma to ICH transcendence or out-of-body experience. Since under psychedelics much - similar to a dream - is experienced in symbolic form, the underlying core cannot always be discovered immediately. A re-experienced birth can definitely come across as experiencing a volcanic eruption from within. This also as a reference to areas of origin (the individual subconscious is NOT very divine!) And the truth content of psychedelic experiences.
Usually it is pitch dark in the attic and the door is closed. Psychedelics open the door and are like a flashlight: the more you have taken, the stronger the lamp and the further it shines into the memory. Since you can only control the direction to a limited extent, it can just as well happen that you point the lamp beam at the bulky waste instead of the treasures. You now have several options:
a) You notice just in time that something stupid is getting into your field of vision. Since you have absolutely no desire to deal with it at the moment, you try to change the direction of the light beam, possibly with the help of your trip sitter, e.g. by changing the setting: going for a walk, calming music, directing attention to something pleasant. It's not the best solution, but it works most of the time.
b) You slip in there and are too deep to change direction and you are faced with fear: panic attacks and the idea of ​​dying or going crazy forever - a real bad trip. Unfortunately, your trip sitter is also frightened. Instead of telling yourself that it is best not to put up any resistance and take a good look at the bulky waste because you are incorporating it, and instead of making it clear to yourself that you will not die or go crazy because he is there as your trip sitter and the effect of the psychoactive substance will be over in a few hours at the latest, he just mumbles helpless stuff and runs around excitedly. It is estimated that when it is over you will be fed up with such experiments and be depressed or otherwise weird for the next few weeks. In the extreme case you get a psychotic episode and have to go to psychiatry for a few days.
By the way, »Flashbacks« are nothing more than aborted or incompletely processed trips as in (a) or (b): Some bulky waste has come close to the surface, so that it can no longer be displaced, and is now using the first sensitive ( and usually inappropriate) moment to come fully into consciousness.
c) You slide in there and say to yourself: “Okay, while I'm here, I'll take a closer look. I try not to think, not to identify myself, but just to perceive. ”Your trip sitter does exactly the opposite of version (b): he encourages you to go through Hell, because Heaven is waiting on the other side, and gives you a protective space, for example by holding your hand, supporting you with music etc. After you are through, you start landing at some point, you are still completely dazed, but happy to have made it. Your sitter listens to your report, which will help you further integrate the experience. He does everything so that you land well, because that is the most important thing now, maybe even stays for the rest of the night until you have the feeling that you can handle yourself now, may meet you for a day or two later Debriefing. The probability that you will have negative long-term effects from this trip is practically 0 !!! On the contrary: This experience can bring you a whole step forward in your personal development, and you can be sure that this topic, if you have really integrated it completely, will never bother you again, so that in the end the trip will not » nice «, but was a real asset. (Of course there are other bulky garbage items too, which is why there is no guarantee that you will never have such a "bad trip" again - that only works once you have looked at all of the bulky waste.)
Bad trips are really rare, especially the first few times and with a moderate dose! Therefore, you could safely forget the last few paragraphs. However, if you experiment with psychedelics more often and in higher doses, you will not be able to avoid such experiences, because no one has only stored nice things in their unconscious - so it is legal. So think again about whether you want to become a psychonaut.
Otherwise, most people who have experienced something like this can cope with it without these instructions - but if it does happen, it may help you not to run away from it or to panic. The ever-present possibility of such experiences is also the most important reason for the presence of a trip sitter. If there are problems with processing a bad trip afterwards, you can also seek advice from a psychotherapist. (Like all doctors, this is subject to confidentiality. He should, however, be a little freaked out and be able to do something with extraordinary states of consciousness.)
By the way, acute panic states during the period of action of psychedelics represent the main statistical risk. But note: The psychedelics are only a catalyst - everything you experience has already been in your inner universe before. So be a little curious AND carefully ;-)
In relation to the psychological effects, the physical effects are rather small. Nausea often occurs when taking peyote, rarely with pure mescaline and even less with LSD or psilocybin. This happens especially if you take the psychedelics on a full stomach, which is why it is advisable not to eat anything 4 hours in advance. When you receive messages from your stomach, you should greet it as a sign that the consciousness is moving in the body. Commonly, the more deeply you get into the experience, the symptoms decrease. Here is a list of other physical sensations sometimes reported:
1. Physical pressure
2. Freezing cold followed by feverish heat
3. Impression of physical dissolution or disintegration into atoms
4. Pressure on the head and ears
5. Tingling in the extreme tips of the limbs
6. Feeling as if the body was melting and flowing like wax
8. Tremors or shaking starting in the pelvic area and pulling up the trunk
These bodily responses should be recognized as signs of trance. Avoid treating them as symptoms of illness. Accept them, mingle with them and enjoy them.
Occasionally it can lead to circulatory problems. This is not so much due to the substances, but primarily to the effect of extreme feelings on the body (especially in the case of anxiety).
If you have psychological problems or there are already cases of psychoses (schizophrenia, severe depression, etc.) in your own family, you should not consume psychedelics, as this increases the likelihood that a psychedelic trip will trigger a psychosis immensely.
Even if you have physical problems that prevent the breakdown of toxins in the blood, such as liver or kidney damage, you should never take psychoactive drugs.
When it comes to the ratio of purchase opportunities, controllability of the trip, intensity, taste and side effects, Psilos simply do the best!
2.6 Drug interaction
Most drugs, whether they are illegal substances or normal drugs from the pharmacy, usually get along very poorly with psychedelics (find out more about monoamine oxidase inhibitors!). Aspirin and other things like that aren't that bad, but other pain relievers and sedatives can cause unforeseen reactions. Some drugs like Prozac reduce the psychedelic effect, others like lithium amplify it many times over. It is better to refrain from all medication and drugs. However, there are three exceptions to this rule:
- Cannabis: it relaxes and smoothes the trip in a pleasant way, but can still lengthen it. It is highly recommended!
- MDMA can be wonderfully combined with LSD and psilocybin (mushrooms), but due to the amphetamine structure (uh, the translator) the effect of the other substances is increased
- N2O can radically take the trip to a higher level, but only for a few minutes.
2.7 Safer use rules according to the Greens / B90
A risk-free use of psychedelic mushrooms is never possible. If you do not want to forego the consumption of these mushrooms, you should at least observe the following minimum rules:
• Never take "Psilos" if you are in a bad mood or in an uncomfortable atmosphere (unfavorable setting) or if you are afraid (unfavorable set) of these mushrooms. Parties are not the optimal setting for inexperienced users: an unbearable overstimulation can easily lead to panic attacks.
• Make sure that during the mushroom trip you have a psychedelic, experienced, trusted contact who can have a calming effect on you if you get in a bad mood. It is usually sufficient to bring the person affected into a calm environment (fresh air), to maintain physical contact and to calm them down by persuading them. If this does not help either, do not be afraid to call a doctor and explain to him completely: Doctors are bound by their duty of confidentiality. He will get you out of the trip pretty quickly with chlorpromazine or similar sedatives.
• If 30-60 minutes after eating the mushrooms there is still no effect, do not "throw in" more mushrooms immediately; on a full stomach etc. the onset of the effect can be delayed by up to one and a half hours.
• If you cannot estimate the active ingredient content of the mushrooms, first take no more than 1 g dried or 5-10 g fresh mushrooms (this is a maximum of 20 mg psilocybin if it is a "high-percentage mushroom type" such as Psilocybe cyanescens or P. . azurescens acts.)
• Psychedelic states of consciousness represent an exceptional situation. Mushrooms that change consciousness should therefore be taken as far as possible (no more than once a month) and also not by people who are still fully engaged in their personal development.
• Do not take these mushrooms in connection with other drugs: Mixed consumption poses an incalculable risk. (An exception to this is cannabis, where unpleasant interactions are hardly to be feared according to the users.)
• To be on the safe side, keep a copy of the mushrooms you eat. If it has been confused with a poisonous mushroom species, this is used to identify the species so that targeted action can be taken in the hospital against the corresponding mushroom poison (see above).
3. Setting
All the trimmings for a good trip
3.1 Selection of fellow travelers
The dynamic within the traveling group is very important. Let's go through the aspects one by one:
• Kind of friends
Quotation from an anonymous text that describes the choice of fellow travelers almost perfectly: "Find someone who listens to you, who will sing the same song with you over and over again, absolutely unmelodic and with fragmented lyrics. Someone you don't mind, when he sees you laughing, crying or talking to God and vice versa. Someone who can hold your hand when you can no longer control yourself and just slide down the stream. Someone, maybe a little stronger physically. Someone who has traveled before , more than once. Someone who can tell a few stories. Someone who takes it all seriously, but still keeps the fun in it. Someone with a degree of compassion and maybe even wisdom. If you choose someone, with whom If you could get sexually active afterward, then be sure that the person accepts a dumb, awkward lover and that they won't be hurt if you don't get baked or have it fold forgets. When you find someone who meets all of the criteria, consider marrying that person ;-). Try to be worthy. "
• Size of the group
Traveling alone, especially the first few times, is pretty stupid. There are two significant factors that affect the size of the group. First of all, with inexperienced people, having a number of friends is always good against panic. However, as the group grows regularly, tensions and conflicts within the group also increase. This can increase the risk of bad trips. An even number of groups is also an advantage, since then the probability of isolation of an individual is lower if the group splits into individual groups. The recommended number of people looks like this:
All inexperienced: 3-4
One experienced: 2-3
All experience: 2-6
An experienced guide, e.g. a shaman or psychotherapist can even deal with groups of 8-16 people, but most of them are all experienced.
• Trust in the group
This is the most important point. Trusted people make the whole mood a lot more relaxed and also increase the productivity and usefulness of the psychedelic experience. Feelings can come to the surface again and again during a trip and should not be misinterpreted. In addition, people who often quarrel should not trip with each other, otherwise negative feelings can be intensified. If all members of the group trust each other, there should be no problems.
Discussions on all sorts of topics and group-binding practices such as community meditation are very popular with some. Even an MDMA experience should have solved a lot of problems. One of our tripping crews had problems for a long time. Mutual distrust and paranoia made the situation no longer tolerable at some point and the argument broke out. However, the situation could be changed through discussion. The moral of the story: don't let this happen to you. Discussing problems is difficult for many, but still better than a poisoned atmosphere.
• Make decisions
You should also ask the other group members about relatively unimportant things, for example if you want to change the music or the light. Every group member should have a veto right. If anyone has something against a certain activity, then the group should forego that too. In such cases, the mediator is the guide. He should eliminate all discrepancies.
• Dosages within the group
The guide should use a psychedelic himself in order to communicate better with the others and to make the following 6 to 12 hours of tripsitting more interesting. However, the dose should be low so that contact with reality is guaranteed at all times. The others should all be under the influence of mind-expanding substances. Sober people are often found annoying.

3.2 Choice of location
The ideal travel location is:
- secluded so that you don't run into acquaintances, relatives or curious neighbors
- in a rural area, because there is no noise from the city and you can enjoy nature
- familiar, so that you feel safe and comfortable
Unfortunately not everyone can find such a place. That's why you sometimes have to be content with less. If you live alone, great, just make sure that connections to the outside world like the phone or the doorbell are turned off. You should also tell relatives or acquaintances that you are going away for the weekend. If you still live at home, choose a time when you are absolutely certain that no one will show up at your home at once, such as your parents. Weekends in any holiday home are really excellent. With a lot of people it doesn't cost much and at least you have your peace of mind.
The first trips should be made indoors. Afterwards you can always go outside and visit the city park, for example (don't go to a pizzeria! ;-)). Another choice is the time of day. Hallus is much more intense at night, as is the sunset or sunrise. But be careful, because being robbed during a trip, for example, is very uncomfortable. However, the risk is of course at 0.000000000000000001%.
If you are a little more experienced (cannabis smokers will have fewer problems in the beginning) and can talk to non-"enlightened" people, then you should be a little adventurous.Camping in the woods, a party on the beach or the local amusement park are not bad. Timothy Leary once said that the biggest reason people are bored with psychedelics is that they just keep doing the same thing while traveling instead of trying different things.
Remember, however, that psychedelics are definitely NOT party drugs. You can't dance better, talk smarter, or flirt better like with MDMA or amphetamines. If you have only taken a little, you may enjoy the visual and acoustic effects, but if you have taken a high dose, the hectic pace and the need to have at least some control will annoy you pretty quickly. In any case, a disco is not suitable for opening a “gateway to inner spaces”, at most the chill-out area of ​​a psy-trance party.
3.3 "Packing"
A few days before the psychedelic experience, you should just fill your head with a few interesting things. There are people who love to watch a few documentaries beforehand (quarks and co-rules!). Books aren't bad either. Meditation and walks through the forest give many a great boost of mental energy. You should interrupt the normal work group, the daily toil and relax for a few days before setting off on the expedition.
Notice what you eat the day before. Maybe you want to feed a little energy into yourself beforehand. A little pasta or, better still, a salad is ideal, especially 8-4 hours in advance and especially on the longer LSD trips. On the other hand, fasting or just juices and fruits can increase the quality of well-being (more clarity) and thus lead to better shamanistic and spiritual experiences. You should not eat anything 3 hours beforehand, because the absorption of the psychedelic through the stomach will then be delayed. Also, there are people who are very sensitive to indigestion and then they may feel slightly sick. One should avoid fatty food either way. A little chocolate, however, is a good old Central American tradition of taking psychedelics.
One should avoid unpleasant situations before the trip. Watching "Natural Born Killers" the night before is not exactly an ideal starting point, just like screaming duels for hours with parents or girlfriends. The small emotional baggage keeps coming to the surface during a trip.
3.4 Music
A very important factor in the setting is music. Especially in a noisy and urban environment, music can suppress background noise. Since tastes are different, you inevitably have to experiment a little. In my opinion (the translator) classical drug music is still the best. By that I mean Hendrix, Doors, Velvet Underground, the late Beatles etc. The music should be relatively calm and not too hectic (that depends on the people). Good hardcore and indie rock are not bad either, the Siamese Dreams from Smashing Pumpkins is particularly recommended for the latter. Joy Division and the like are not that great, because depressive music, which can otherwise be very relaxing, could lead to some nasty reactions from the subconscious. Trance, house, downbeat, ambient (David Parsons), chill out and other synthetic stuff aren't bad either. Many people who actually hate this music to their death can suffer from the influence of certain substances very well.
Really wacky music such as meditative jazz (Meredith Monk), good New Age music (Stephan Micus, Klaus Wiese, Deuter) or meditation music by some monks from Japan or elsewhere is really enjoyed by some people, including didgeridoo things (Stephen Kent) and Indian chants are very interesting.
Silence, either completely or the music of Mother Nature, e.g. also the sound of the sea, is the best kind of psychedelic music as long as people enter the other world. The patter of rain on a roof beats all kinds of human music. A must. Perfect. After you notice that you are taking off, you should forego music altogether and relax and listen to the rhythm of the earth (it works!).
3.5 triptoys
Triptoys (all kinds of things to play with) should only be dug out after the highest point of the experience, when you have regained a little energy and are not still floating around in hyperspace.
- Books are a matter of taste. Some find it very difficult to read in this state, others swear by it and claim that they can only understand certain authors (Joyce, for example).
- On spiritually oriented trips, the trip sitter can read short texts at intervals, e.g. from Leary's »Psychedelic Prayers«, Japanese haikus or similar.
- Gelatine food is not bad, even if it is about the protein of dead animals :-( But the gibbling around of jelly or these gummy worms makes tripping people happy) are just wonderful.
- Eating is a section in itself anyway. In addition to the already mentioned goo stuff, ice cream or even baby food is very interesting, but in small quantities. During a trip you can't eat anyway, only taste.
- all fruit, especially oranges, mango, pineapples. A wonderful combination of smell, texture and taste. Juices are also very suitable.
- chalk or paint for painting
- Drumming is never a bad thing to get in a trance-like mood. Either one of them drums for the group or everyone puts on a small percussion concert (but don't annoy the rest as individuals, right, Lemming?)
- Sound games. Creating funny sounds with your own voice can be a lot of fun, especially in a group.
- Like the drums already mentioned, musical instruments are a huge fun factor.
- Toys that glow in the dark, stick lights, etc. are never bad, but for easily understandable reasons no skeletons and other monster stuff like these funny horror tricksters.
- Incense sticks, especially when it is dark and the glowing tips leave traces of light and the smoke drifts away, are also a classic. The smell can also be used for the atmosphere.
- Flowers look wonderful and smell much more intense (especially when they are fresh).
- Nature is the ultimate triptoy. It's just the most beautiful outside, especially at night. The forest in the dark is definitely the most wonderful thing in the universe, along with the day at the beach, the lake at sunset, the snow-covered mountain ...
- You can drink water, you can wade around in it or you can immerse yourself in it. However, you shouldn't go swimming in certain conditions, especially in unfamiliar waters.
- The things in the area like stones, branches and other things can keep you entertained for hours.
- Stroboscopes can achieve funny effects, but be careful, because some can lead to an epilepsy attack, it is better to test it beforehand at around 20-30 Hz.
- Soft toys are a must-have, they are a familiar reference to reality and fun to hug, play around with and toss around the area.
- TV is really interesting for some, for others it is the last thing they would do on a trip.
- Films are also a chapter in their own right. Nice psychedelic classics like Alice in Wonderland from Disney or Yellow Submarine from the Beatles are never wrong. You shouldn't watch really nasty films because the effect on consciousness can be devastating. Incidentally, Dolby Surround is never wrong with psychedelics.
3.6 Other
Clothing should be airy and easy to put on or take off, as body temperature can rise under the influence of psychedelics. Bring something to drink, preferably water, and a few light snacks such as raw peppers, carrots or chocolate bars (little!). Carbonated soda can be a nice toy, by the way. Guided meditation, or Za Zen, has proven to be very effective with some.
During the trip you can sometimes not interpret some of your body signals as usual. Sometimes you don't even notice that you are hungry or need to go to the toilet or that it is simply too cold or too warm. An uncomfortable feeling spreads without you knowing why. In such moments you should change the music, or the light, or the room, or drink a glass of water.
3.7 Intention of the trip
In addition to set (inner mood) and setting (outer environment), intention (inner alignment) is the third important variable of a psychedelic journey: Why am I actually doing this ???
Below is a quote from "The Psychedelic Experience" by Dr. Timothy Leary:
What is the goal? Classical Hinduism suggests four options:
1) Increased personal strength, intellectual understanding, sharpened view of oneself and the culture, improvement of the living situation, accelerated learning, professional growth and further development
2) Duty, helping others, caring, rehabilitation, rebirth for fellow creatures
3) Fun, sensual pleasure, aesthetic pleasure, interpersonal closeness, pure experience
4) Transcendence, liberation from the ego and the time-space structure, participation in the mystical unity
In the extroverted transcendental experience, the self is totally fused with external objects (flowers, other people). In the introverted stage, the self is fused with inner life processes (light, energy waves, physical stimuli, biological forms). Every state is either negative or positive, depending on the traveler's set and setting. For the extroverted mystical experience one would bring candles to the session, or pictures, scents, music or recorded passages that direct the attention in the desired direction. An introverted experience requires the removal of all stimulation: no light, no sound, no smell, no movement.
[... and now another section from the book ...]
“People naturally tend to transfer personal and social perspectives to every new situation. For example, some ill-prepared subjects subconsciously apply a medical model to experience. They look for symptoms, interpret every new experience according to sick or healthy, and when anxiety arises, they ask for sedatives. Sometimes poorly planned sessions end in the subject's request for a doctor.
Rebellion against convention can motivate some people to take the drug. The naive idea of ​​doing something very distant or relatively bold can overshadow and distort the experience.
Psychedelics offer numerous opportunities for accelerated learning and scientific research, but intellectual responses can become traps for the first few sessions. Simply turning off your brain is the best advice to novices. After you have learned how to move your consciousness around - into loss of ego and back - intellectual exercises can be incorporated into the psychedelic experience. The goal is to free yourself from verbal awareness for as long as possible.
Religious expectations include the same advice. Again, the subject is best advised to simply go with the flow, stay awake as long as possible and postpone theological interpretations until afterwards.
Relaxing and aesthetic experiences are natural. The psychedelic experience includes ecstatic moments that atrophy any personal or cultural game. Pure sensation can grab attention. Interpersonal familiarity can reach the height of the Himalayas. Aesthetic pleasures - musical, artistic, botanical, natural - are amplified a million times. But ego games and reactions - "I have this ecstasy. How happy I am!" - can prevent the subject from achieving a pure loss of ego. "
[... End of the quote from "The psychedelic experience" by Leary ...]
In other words, it is a good idea to decide beforehand what the goal of the evening will be and to coordinate with your friends to synchronize the activities a little. Even so, one should not plan too precisely the nature of the experience. In the end, you can only influence the path of the journey, not control it and if you do not achieve a certain goal, then it will only frustrate you absolutely unnecessarily. As Leary said, just turn off your brain!
4. During
What happens during the trip and what should be done.
4.1 General advice
Once in the air one can forget relatively quickly that the course of the journey can be changed. Images and thoughts come and go and everything follows a strangely familiar if not divine and unknown path. So someone is left gaping open-mouthed, like the nightly television program. Changing the path of the path is actually very easy if you don't forget it. Before doing this, you should always decide and think about what you want to see and where you want to travel. Usually every traveler develops his own path, follows his individual path, whether he is good or bad. Everything is possible.
And always remember the immortal words of the hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy:
No panic!
4.2 Physical side effects
In addition to the possible nausea at the beginning, which will subside after the onset of the effects, mushrooms can cause some other physical and psychosomatic side effects. You may notice some weird, wacky, and maybe even frightening physical effects like fluid skin or distorted body proportions. Perhaps you feel as if you are sinking into the ground or even into yourself. Then when you start to worry you can even get the feeling that little worms are crawling around in your stomach, that the roof is falling on your head your duvet wants to eat you for dinner.
You guessed it: a bad trip comes up. No panic! This is normal and nothing really has ever happened or will happen in real life, because it's just your brain that exaggerates a little and comes up with all of these things. More importantly, you can always stop it. Learn to wander your thoughts and focus them on other things. It is not easy, but it is a must, especially for high dose experience. (For more information on how to deal with this, perhaps read again chapter 2.5 "Dangers of using psychedelics".)
One of the greatest advantages of having a well-chosen group at such moments is the fact that you can touch your friends and make sure of your health. And if you have a good guide, he / she will notice when you are lying in the corner whimpering. They will then take care of you.
4.3 Flight plan
The times are of course different, but illustrate the distance between the effects. The first number stands for psilocybin, the second for LSD.
Flight phase minutes after ingestion
Start 0 min (0)
Usually the first symptoms show up after 10 to 20 minutes. Funny or strange things can just pop into your mind. Some feel very relaxed at first, while others jump happily across the room. After that, most of them think they are taking off, higher and higher to the stars.
Acceleration 30 min (60)
If you are showing any physical symptoms then now. Nausea can be eliminated by simply fasting during the day, and rest also helps. Just sit still. Vomiting with mushrooms is very rare, but having a pouch nearby is not bad. In the dark you can already see a few pixels, colored points of light that buzz around (wonderful, the translator). If anyone else wants to go to the bathroom, they should do it now.
The flight 60 min (90)
Now the somewhat stronger effects start. The body feels heavy and immobile. Opening of inner spaces, inner and outer world are perceived in radiant colors, you think you can see the energies flowing in things, possibly encountering (foreign) fields of consciousness, timelessness, etc.
Climax 90 min (120-180)
The culmination of the experience. He is often perceived as a little strenuous and awesome.
Approach for landing 4 hours (7)
Now you remember the concept of "reality" and maybe feel like having a little snack or something to drink or talking or moving or ...
Landing 5 hours (10)
Most of the effects have disappeared and a little tiredness has spread.
Reality 6 hours (12)
If you travel at night and end up falling asleep, that's natural ... and the effect is you'll feel great the next morning! It is not bad if someone is still there with whom you have had the experience and with whom you then exchange ideas.A day or two later, your fellow travelers will still be busy analyzing what they have experienced and focusing on their insides. It is usually very important to them and the exchange with others can be very valuable.
4.4 Differences in experiences with different psychedelics
LSD and psilocybin, while very similar, are nonetheless not the same. Here's a nice article by Ellis Dee ([email protected]) listing the differences. L stands for LSD and P for psilocybin.
- Duration:
L: beginning 60 minutes, climax 2-3 hours, duration approx. 10 hours
P: beginning 30 minutes, climax 90 minutes, duration approx. 6 hours
- stimulation:
L: enhanced stimulating effects similar to those of phenethylamines
P: very little stimulating, sometimes accompanied by slight drowsiness
- Range of effects:
L: all sensory perceptions - visual, acoustic, kinesthetic
P: more visual than acoustic
- Integration of perception:
L: strong synesthesia (colors taste, etc.) in high doses, visual effects through acoustic stimulants
P: limited synesthesia, even in medium to very high doses
Visual effects:
- Art
L: wide range of possible effects
P: very specific effects that occur over and over again
- Aesthetics:
L: neutral, images range from banal to sublime
P: Visions are almost always sublime and beautiful
- Colours:
L: Primary or spectral colors, abstract, move and change freely, very transparent
P: earthy composite and warm colors, concrete and bound to objects, very radiant
- Template:
L: very detailed, like fractals, very varied in shapes and structures, illuminated by facets
P: little emphasis on details, wide and contiguous regions with many colors with neat corners
- Dissolution of the ego:
L: strong depersonalization related to an experience of unity and limitlessness
P: slight depersonalization, experience of beauty and affection for other people / things
- Extension:
L: very expanding, multiplication of thoughts and emotions, feeling of limitlessness
P: slightly expanding
- Thinking and perceiving:
L: Perceiving and thinking are united, the perception is controlled by thought processes
P: Perception is easily controlled by thought processes
- continuity:
L: High degree of continuity through the mediation of perception through thought processes
P: little continuity, one experience replaces the other
4.5 Overview of the psychedelic effects
We have arranged the following short list of some psychedelic effects according to the dose (CEV = vision with eyes closed, OEV = vision with eyes open).
- Red, green, blue dots (OEV)
Probably the best known effect, especially at the beginning quite often. A layer of red, green and blue dots covers all surfaces, similar to sitting very close (2 cm) in front of a television. This is best seen in the dark.
- Pixelation (OEV)
The second step of the RGB effect is the pixelation, everything seems to consist of small squares, like the pixels on a computer monitor. The effect is hard to describe, but you'll see what I mean. People who have no clue about computers believe that a fine grid or mesh has been laid over the field of view.
- tracks (OEV)
Moving objects that stand out from the background (glowing incense sticks, a colorful ball in the sky) leave colorful traces similar to tracer ammunition.
- Red vision (OEV)
Everything looks like through red glasses. Maybe now you know why the hippies loved red sunglasses so much.
- breathing (OEV)
A well-known effect at medium doses. Objects seem to pulsate, bubble, and then transform into something unknown. Especially common on sand hills, clouds and carpets.
- Melting (OEV)
The direct continuation of breathing, especially in trees and other plants. The object seems to melt like plastic on a stove top. It distorts, flows down, and wobbles back and forth.
- X-ray eyes (OEV) [description from [email protected]]
I remember riding the bus with a friend while I was on Shroomahuasca (1.5 Psilocybe Cubensis and Harmine). When I looked at my friend's face, I could see the network of blood vessels pumping blood through his head and brain. I could see through his skin and through his skull. It was really scary but also really cool at the same time. I started laughing so loud that I had to put my head in my hands to muffle the noise. On another trip (same dose, my normal one) I saw a couple of insects on a tree, but they were way too small. Nobody who was there with me (on mushrooms or sober) could see them and so I dismissed it as a delusion. Still, once when I was lying on a rock (on mushrooms), I noticed exactly the same thing! This time I examined it and found that it was small bugs that were walking over the rocks. They were smaller than the dirt particles that coated the rock, but they definitely moved in an insect-like fashion. I showed them to my friend, who had also eaten mushrooms, and he couldn't see them. Then I said "No, they're tiny things, like atoms" and suddenly he saw them too. We were both blown away. I still don't know what it was exactly - mites, bacteria, etc. - but they really were there. They consumed a type of lichen that covered the rocks and trees in the area. It was amazing. I have hiked the said area many times (sober) and hadn't seen anything. Once when I went back sober, I could only see her when I got very close, and then only in a small field of view, which was very straining on my eyes. I saw them everywhere on mushrooms (like millions of ant trails).
- The Guardian (CEV or OEV)
Some people are lucky enough to have constant hallucinations during and after the trip. Castaneda mentions these in his book and calls them "guards" or "guides". Two shapes include a blue mesh that includes red and green dots and a bright red star. Under certain circumstances, this vision can also come back after the actual effects have subsided.
- Geometric patterns (CEV)
One type of hallucination is a geometric pattern. There are many different subspecies: Mandelbrot (fractals), spirals, wave interference patterns etc. The connecting element is that they are all in primary colors and of a fractal-like type and repeat themselves over and over again. With low doses the images are two-dimensional, with high doses three-dimensional. Leary in "The Psychedelic Experience" calls this "the inner flow of archetypal processes" (?).
- The Fire Flow of Inner Unity (CEV)
Another guy from "The Psychedelic Experience" that relates more to feelings than to something visual. Even so, they are undeniably emotional hallucinations. The big difference to the previous type is that the pictures are not geometric and individual, but formless, dark objects that are connected to the emotions, which could be positive (love, happiness etc.) or negative (isolation, withdrawal, sadness) .
- Traditional patterns (CEV)
Images that contain Aztec, Native American, Indian, or African elements are not uncommon. They vary from exact images, like those of statues or pictures, to more vague visions of inscriptions and temples, to the vague assumption that the hallucination was "painted" in a certain style.
- Real hallucinations (CEV, rarely OEV)
Real hallucinations - for example, objects that are recognizable but still not real - only occur at very high doses. In the best case, the traveler is transported into an Alice-in-Wonderland-like parallel universe. This is not the same as "I felt like a satellite" or "I was carried by the music". In real hallucinations, the images become a colored 3D film on a 360 ° screen.
- Foreign beings (CEV, rarely OEV)
Encounters with other beings are a recurring element of high-dose trips. There are, for example, reports of small, jolly and dancing males appearing in large groups, as well as shapeless but living masses of protoplasm. Of course, there are no limits to the imagination here either.
- The clear light of reality (CEV or OEV)
Nirvana, ego loss, enlightenment, the ultimate truth, the infallible awareness of the pure mystical state, etc. One thing is certain, you will notice when you get to this point. Any pleasant journey reduces ego dominance and lets you see some things that you would otherwise never notice. However, the "clear light" loss of ego is very rare and even seasoned travelers are happy to have had such a Level 5 experience.
This list is by no means complete. In addition to the many specific effects, you will certainly notice that everything, especially nature, is simply perceived differently. New, fresh and somehow strange but also very familiar and familiar at the same time. The smallest details are perceived and the contrast between the colors is increased. In my opinion, the ability to see and perceive the world differently is the greatest merit of psychedelics of all kinds and I can only advise you to go outside and take a look around during a trip.

4.6 The psychedelic levels
In order to talk to other psychonauts you need some kind of scale for the intensity of the psychedelic level of the trip. The de facto standard on the Internet is Graeme Carl's scale from 0 to 5, which was much more detailed than Shulgin's 3-plus system. Here's what Graeme ([email protected]) says:
[...] In a period of about seven years I traveled about 60 times. During this time I have always observed the effects at different dosages and have come to the conclusion that the dose-effect curve for psilocybin and for LSD is not linear. The curve differs from person to person, but its shape always remains the same. The following ASCII diagram is an attempt to illustrate this information:
5 I ooooooooo
4 I ooooooo
E 3 I ooooooo
E 2 I ooooooo
1 I ooooooo
0 I ooooo
0 2 3 5 Dosage (approximately in g for Mexicans)
[... The essential form of the graph is all I want to draw your attention to, as the dosage differs from person to person anyway. The basic idea of ​​the scale works well enough for all psychedelics. In connection with individual reactions I can say that a friend of mine needs 3 times less material than I do, i.e. 1 g for her 3 g for me. ...]
Level 1:
This layer produces a slight bland effect like THC with some visual enhancements like brighter colors. The short-term memory is already a little impaired. Communication between the two halves of the brain makes the music sound "further".
Level 2:
Bright colors and images and some two-dimensional patterns become visible with your eyes closed. Crazy thoughts can arise because the short-term memory is changed and with it the typical thought patterns. Creativity increases as many of the filters in the brain are bypassed. In connection with the human struggle for survival, humans have to learn from a young age how to block, or rather: filter, information that is to be passed on to the brain. This selective filtering process allows us to focus on a single point or thought. Just imagine you would perceive all the signals that affect your body, feel every single square centimeter of your skin. Imagine you are always aware that your tongue is in your mouth or that the air conditioner is making a continuous noise in the background all the time. I think Trips brings back that total attention that was simply turned off since we left childhood.
Have you ever watched kids in a mall? If you watch them, you will notice that they look like they are on a trip when they look with big eyes at all the bright colors, look at the sky while walking and look at themselves in reflective surfaces. On the way to becoming adults, we seem to learn to filter out certain information and we no longer perceive the world in the same way as small children. Most adults have even forgotten the memory of these sensations. Perhaps because of this, many first-time travelers feel a peculiar familiar feeling of familiarity, a feeling that the reality during the trip is much more real than the "real" reality.
Level 3:
Very obvious pictures, everything looks smoothed and the patterns are changed. Kaleidoscopes are seen on walls and faces etc. Some mild hallucinations, as well as three-dimensional visions with eyes closed, occur. Synesthesia occurs, for example sounds are seen. The perception of time is disturbed and moments of infinity arise. Movements become very difficult as they seem to require too much effort.
Level 4:
Strong hallucinations, such as objects melting together. Things seem to want to communicate with you, there is a certain loss of reality. Time becomes meaningless. This level is different as the old universe ceases to exist. A feeling of enlightenment or similar - especially known from the Asian region - is not unlikely.
[... end of quote ...]
Of course, the scale is debatable, especially on the first levels. I believe that another differentiator between level 2 and level 3 is the fact that on level 2 you can still turn OEVs on and off as you want, but they seem to be everywhere at level 3. Level 5 is a topic in itself because it takes more than a high dose to reach nirvana.


The aftereffects of the experience will always last for a few days to a few weeks. What you've learned can even change your life. Sometimes, however, what you have learned can also be negative and you will be depressed for a while because you have realized that things you have done your whole life were wrong. But this depression is never extreme and afterwards - strange as it sounds - you'll be a much better person.
Post trip effects

All of the following effects have one thing in common: their frequency and intensity decrease over time. Getting back to the ground takes almost a month, although the actual effects are completely gone after a week. Here is a list of some of the effects.
Normal, more frequently observed effects:
- Alienation
Sounds a little nasty, but it is most likely the most unpleasant side effect. In short, there are better and more meaningful things in life like chasing after small, printed notes. Also, since almost all psychedelics are illegal, one must always be clear on what to say to the so-called "non-enlightened" ("What if my boss / my parents / my neighbors / my teachers find out that I am using drugs?" "). A barrier can even arise between good friends who have not yet had the experience. There is little antidote to this other than time and the development of cynicism, or of course, you "convert" your friends.
- Confusion
Your brain will have to deal with processing all of the information from the trip for a long time. Concentration becomes quite difficult, but the whole thing only applies for a day or two. In this phase, many ponder the meaning of life or questions like "What am I? Who am I? Why am I?". Therefore you should relax a bit the day after the trip.
- euphoria
"Life is wonderful!". This is a side effect no one needs to complain about. Unfortunately, it only lasts up to two days. A milder form of euphoria, which I call "admiration for the general beauty of things" and which describes, for example, enjoying a blue sky, can last a very long time, usually for years, sometimes forever (definitely, the translator).
- Insights
Since the brain reacts differently to incoming impulses, it comes to insights such as "Cars are machines" or "People are three-dimensional objects" or "Mud is really cool!".Actually all very plausible, but your brain would never think of anything if it hadn't come into contact with psychedelics. Sometimes these insights are extremely important for the personal philosophy of life and life itself.
- Random impulses
Up to a week after a trip, there can be absolutely random impulses that lead to very strange deeds. This effect can almost always be found. Typical forms of these impulses are "I have to jump on this stone and hop on it!" and "Fruits! I just have to eat a net of grapefruit!". The impulses are always harmless, no one healthy will jump off a cliff, even if some people will think you are crazy if you follow the impulses. And that's always a good idea as it can be a lot of fun!
Rare side effects:
- Bipolar Syndrome or "Emotional Roller Coaster"
Some form of depression. As the name implies, one is constantly alternating between happiness and sadness, although there is no reason for these cycles. The cycles can last for minutes or days, but the effects will disappear after one to two weeks. Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do about it, just savor the positive cycles and tell yourself about the negative ones that it is a chemical process and not an emotional problem. This side effect is dose-independent.
- Forming experience
All old values, the entire moral system, can be turned inside out. This is a normal effect of psychedelics, like "everything you know is wrong, but you can be cured".
- depression
Most likely the rarest side effect, especially with unpleasant experiences. The typical thing about this effect is that it is caused by memories of the trip. This can lead to hallucinations and a feeling similar to that of a trip for a short time. This is usually very fun if you can handle it. Translated into computer language: these flashbacks are not an error, but an additional function in the program (the psychedelics).
- Psychotic episodes longer than 48 hours
In other words, I mean a psychosis that doesn't stop after the trip. That's pretty rare, around 0.08% says a study from the 1970s. Even in these few cases (one in ten thousand), almost all of the patients had a previous medical history and were already receiving psychological treatment. Even a serious psychotic episode does not mean that one is insane forever.
Absolutely rare effects:
- Post-psychedelic cognitive disorder
After the first trip, almost everyone notices a glow and a change of colors with their eyes closed (without psychedelics!). This is due to the fact that the person can perceive more things and is now seeing things that he just didn't notice before. Very, very rarely does an extreme form occur:
"Some people with post-psychedelic cognitive disorder report a feeling of living in a water bubble underwater. They also described traces of light and images caused by moving hands. This cognitive disorder worsens with the use of psychoactive substances .
Some individuals experience anxiety and panic, develop phobias, and become depressed. When observing the post-psychedelic cognitive disorder, it was noticed that the persons had no history of mental illness until they began to use psychedelics.
Drug-free recovery from post-psychedelic cognitive disorder and associated supportive sessions are often an adequate treatment, although therapy can last several months. Psychiatric drug treatment is sometimes needed to resolve the confusion caused by anxiety and panic. The confusion arises from the feeling of the individual going irreversibly insane. "
(David Smith et al./ Psychiatric Annuals / Mar. 24, 1993, p. 45)
- suicide (suicide)
Obviously, suicide is not a direct result of psychedelics. But an indirect consequence of a number of depression attacks, negative experiences and many different mental illnesses. Even with the extremely rare effects, extremely rare.
6. For the traveler
This section is intended for those who want to enter the world of psychedelics for the first time.
The first trip is an unforgettable experience with which only a few things like birth and marriage can be measured in terms of emotional intensity. So you should take the whole thing very seriously. To quote Andrei Foldes: "You are born alone, you die alone, you trip alone". PSYCHEDELICS ARE NOT TOYS!
6.1 Stages of Consciousness
If you're depressed, upset about the world, or just want to have a good time, then don't take psychedelics. The experienced psychonaut can even solve certain problems during the trip, but this is not exactly pleasant and not recommended for beginners.
But if you are healthy and happy and are looking forward to the trip like a trip to a distant country that you have always wanted to visit, then you are in good shape. Happiness increases, as does hatred and fear.
6.2 Don't worry, be happy
By now you are likely to be quite confused and convinced of the fact that the psychedelic experience is a diabolical ordeal in which one wrong detail can lead to 12 hours of hell. This view is - thank God - wrong. This text has the unfortunate tendency to particularly emphasize the negative side of the psychedelic experience. With small doses, it is enough to get the set and setting in order and everything runs perfectly. Only with high doses is the risk of a bad trip really given, and even then careful preparation, ruthless self-analysis, a competent trip sitter and a well-chosen community can reduce the risk to almost 0 percent.