How to Avoid a Magic Mushroom Bad Trip
We at Zoomies would like all of your trips to be good trips. Sometimes, especially if you don’t know what to pay close attention to, you experience a bad trip. Any intoxication of psychoactive drugs that result in a bad or scary experience is a bad trip. This can happen when you are overly intoxicated with a hallucinogen like psilocybin (found in magic mushrooms), or several other reasons.
A bad trip is typically filled with fear and is disturbing and unpleasant. Strange thoughts and hallucinations are common during a bad trip, but not all strange thoughts and hallucinations mean that you are having a bad trip. It may just be the nature of the journey. Many trips last between 9 to 12 hours, but these thoughts and hallucinations may pass and not last long. We want you to be prepared.
Here are 5 Ways You Can Try to Avoid Bad Trips
1. The Wrong Place at the Wrong Time:
Tripping while you are in a location or situation that is disturbing, uncomfortable, or even distracting is just about as important as how much you’ve consumed. Location can be a real problem when your brain is choosing alternate connection routes. When you are experiencing illusions or hallucinations, altering of time, and a mix of senses (which may mean hearing images or seeing sounds), it is important to be in a good place. An environment overly saturated with sound, colour or loud people may put you in an uncomfortable place and result in a bad trip. Chose a place you are comfortable with. Maybe you should simply stay home. Your choice of a companion during this journey is also very important, to make sure your trip is a good one.
2. Avoid Mass Quantities:
When in doubt, under indulge, especially if you’re doing a dose of some particularly trippy mushrooms. This is especially true for more inexperienced users. It isn’t easy trying to portion out your dose. Also, mushroom potency varies, not just between varieties, but batches as well. You should be especially careful when it comes to edibles. When magic mushrooms are crafted into edibles, it can take longer for the psilocybin to take effect. You may think that the edible isn’t working, so you think you should eat more. That is not a good idea. You should wait anywhere from 1.5 hours to 2 hours before adding to your dose.
3. Combining Substances:
Taking psilocybin in combination with other substances may result in a bad trip. If you’ve dosed with psilocybin, it is best to avoid alcohol, other hallucinogens, even caffeine. Combining these substances can lead to violent episodes of panic, paranoia, or nausea. Substances that you should combine with psilocybin are water (stay hydrated) and a little ginger for an upset or nauseous stomach. If you do want to take it to the next level, stick with just the shrooms and just take some in small increments until you reach the desired level.
4. Mind Set:
Just like a road trip, try to enjoy yourself, and it might be a good idea to think about where you want to go. Like any trip, where you go and what happens may not be exactly as you planned, but if you have a relaxed mind-set and stay flexible about the destination, you’ll fare better. Recreation is great, but if you want to add some personal growth, a little intention goes a long way.
5. Set Some Time Aside:
This is a big part of planning your journey. Set aside enough time to enjoy your experience. This will take some time, as much as 8 hours, so think of it as a physical journey. You may want to stick to a weekend day, rather than during the week. Another scenario for a bad trip is feeling under pressure, anxious, or paranoid about time constraints.