Decrease the risk of bad consumption (scary and stressful experiences), fall injuries or accidents, and mental health problems
You and safer tripping
The use of hallucinogens is always dangerous because they are illegal drugs. You can never know for sure what you are buying or using. There are other risks as well. Some are relevant to how hallucinogens affect your body and mind. Others relate to your relationships with people. Here are some ways you can decrease these risks.
Before you start…
Think about why you want to get high. It is best not to use hallucinogens as a way to avoid or cope with problems.
Know your dealer. It’s better to choose someone with whom you feel safe and who knows about the product they sell.
Find a friend (who will not be tripping). Single-use can mean coping with yourself if you get injured or have a bad trip.
Plan your trip. Choose a safe and quiet place to stay, knowing that most trips take 8-12 hours. Talk with your friend about things you can do if you have a bad trip.
When you’re tripping…
Be sure you’re in a proper state of mind. Using hallucinogens can be spiritual, fun, or educational if you embrace the experience. It can also be terrifying, especially if you try to control rather than “go with it”.
Avoid bad experiences. Stay away from clinging to things, looking in the mirror, or having sex with someone other than a comfortable and familiar partner. These activities can have bad or unexpected results.
Stay on one substance at a time. Using cannabis and alcohol during the offense can change your experience in unpredictable ways.
Stay away from the wheel. Your judgment and coordination can be severely damaged.
Consider NOT using hallucinogens if…
- You or a family member have experience of mental health problems. Hallucinations can cause symptoms of a mental health problem.
- You are living with a heart condition. Many hallucinogens affect heart rate and blood pressure.
- You are having some symptoms of a mental health problem. This includes depression or anxiety. Hallucinogens can interact with some mental health medications.
- You can’t keep others or even yourself safe after using hallucinogens. Safety has to be your priority.
- You are using hallucinogens very often. It is best not to use medication as your main way to have fun or treat boredom, happiness, or stress in your life.
- You worry if people find out about your use of hallucinogens. Maintaining and having great relationships with your family members and friends is very important.
If you’re having a bad trip…
- Go to a safe environment (if you are not already in one) and play relaxing music. Surrender to the experience (instead of trying to control it).
- Try to meditate or relax.
- The only way to guarantee that you will not have a bad trip is not to use hallucinogens.
If someone else is making a bad trip…
- Take them to a quiet and safe environment.
- Assure them that you are their friend and that over time the experience will pass.
- Help them meditate or relax.