Psychedelics and Summer: Safety Tips for First Trips
Studies show the number of people using psychedelics increases over the summer months. Additionally, people are more likely to try psychedelics for the first time during the summertime. This is likely a result of summer activities where psychedelic use is common, such as festivals and outdoor concerts. Further, psychedelics, like magic mushrooms, also pair well with outdoor activities and can help folks connect with nature.
Thinking about trying psychedelics for the first time this summer? Let’s talk about the safe use of magic mushrooms.
First, know that magic mushrooms are considered relatively safe. While you can have a negative experience, there is very little risk of overdose. However, you can do a few things to stay safe and make the most of your psychedelic experience.
You can use a dosage calculator to figure out a good starting point. For beginners, we recommend starting with a low dose. You can increase the dose slightly after an hour if you’re feeling good.
Use psychedelics this summer in a safe and comfortable environment
Take the time to think about your environment and whether or not you will feel comfortable and safe. If you’re planning to use in a large social environment, such as a festival, ensure you have an isolated space you can escape to if you need it. You may also want to consider exploring magic mushrooms for the first time before the event in a more relaxed environment, like at home.
Take the time to think about who you are with and your level of comfort and trust with them. Also consider other parties’ experience with psychedelics and whether or not someone you know will be sober in case of an emergency.
A trip sitter can be a trusted friend who is sober and there to support you while tripping this summer. They will make sure you stay safe. It should ideally be someone with experience in psychedelics, but that isn’t required. They can make sure you drink some water, bring you your comfort items, or help you get back to your safe space if needed.
Set intentions and use them to create a pleasant mindset to set yourself up for a positive experience. Some nervousness is normal, but you should feel optimistic about the experience overall and that it will enhance your life somehow.
Don’t consume other substances while tripping, including alcohol.
Mushrooms can cause temporary increases in heart rate and blood pressure, making them potentially unsuitable for those with cardiovascular conditions.
Learn more about how to prepare for a psychedelic trip.
Psychedelics can bring up thoughts and feelings you may feel unprepared to deal with. Know this is normal and that you will get through it. If you can, allow yourself to give in to the journey and remember that no matter what happens, it will end. Learn more about how long mushrooms last. Also, remember that there is little risk of overdose.
Setting intentions can help create positive energy around your experience and provide you with a goal or mantra to return to if you begin feeling uneasy.
Setting trip intentions is when you state what you intend to accomplish through your actions; in this case, the psychedelic experience. It’s a commitment to what you want from the journey or what you want it to be about. These intentions can be used to guide you on your trip.
This doesn’t mean every time you try magic mushrooms you need to be doing deep work on yourself. If you’re planning to use mushrooms at a festival, your intention could be as simple as allowing yourself to let go of stress and enjoy the experience.
Learn more about setting intentions.
Additionally, being prepared to manage potential anxiety or negative feelings can help you get through those potentially rocky moments during your trip.
Managing Negative Feelings During a Trip
Negative feelings can sway how your trip goes, but if you have skills to manage these they can help you to return to a good place.
There are numerous ways of managing anxiety or negative feelings during a psychedelic trip so take the time to consider what might work best for you.
- Remember that having a good or bad experience is not like a light switch. It’s not pass/fail. If you start to feel a bit off, you can always shift the experience in a happier direction.
- Have comfort items on hand. For many people, these are sensory items that make them feel good, like a soft blanket, pillows, stuffed animals, etc.
- Change your environment. Negative feelings may be triggered by something in your environment. Changing location can remove those potential triggers and give your brain space to reset, refocus, and find calm.
- Turn on soothing music you’re familiar with. Music can distract our brains and trigger positive emotions. Don’t listen to music that reminds you of specific bad experiences.
- Talk to someone you trust.
Stay safe this festival season and use responsibly. If you’re feeling nervous, consider microdosing the first time. Learn more about microdosing.