How do you prepare for a psychedelic experience?

There are many things you can do in advance to make your experience with trip drugs as pleasant as possible. The most important thing is to get a good set and setting and to know what’s in your drugs. To start with the latter:

Drug:

When we talk about a drug, we are talking about the chosen substance, the dosage, the purity, cutting agents, combination use and the way of taking it.

  • Read about the drug.
  • Make sure you have decided on a dose beforehand and weighed it in advance.
  • It is often better to stick with psychedelics that you have experience with. New drugs may have different effects than you know or expect. This can make it harder to keep the experience fun.
  • Please do not combine drugs. For example, a joint can fall differently faster than if you smoke a joint sober. A fun trip can then quickly turn into a difficult experience.
  • We have drug checking services in the Netherlands, so take advantage of them! This is important to keep an eye on the drug markets. Only use something you’ve had tested or friends’ stuff that has already been tested. A responsible and fun experience 😉Check how it works, and the nearest location here!

Set:

When we talk about the set we mean all the characteristics of the person using it. So, how are you feeling? What kind of expectations do you have for the drug? Are you physically and mentally healthy? Do you take medication? Are you hydrated and have you eaten and slept enough in the past few days? Are you wearing appropriate clothing for the situation? Do you have any obligations on the day of your trip? Or the day after?

  • Make sure you feel as good mentally and that you have enough energy when you take a trip.
  • Make sure you have time off from work the day before, during and after your trip experience, so that you can start in a relaxed mood and not worry about things you have to do the next day.
  • Make sure you eat and drink well, so that your energy stays up during your trip. If a trip (e.g. LSD) takes a long time, you want to have all the food ready in advance. So bring enough food or plan to get food before you are really hungry.
  • Make sure you enough enough clothes with you to keep you warm. Think layers!
  • Ginger tea can help with nausea.

Setting:

  • Make sure you have good trip buddies and a trips sitter.
  • You can discuss in advance with your trip buddies what you expect and want from the trip. Also discuss what you can do if things are not going so well with someone.
  • Provide a relaxed environment, for example by adjusting lighting and being able to lie down comfortably.
  • Turn off your phone. You don’t want to suddenly get a call from work or your mother while tripping!
  • You can make some playlists in advance to listen to while tripping.
  • It can be nice to have simple activities to do while tripping, such as drawing.
  • Are you planning to trip in a busy environment, like a party or festival? Think beforehand of places where you can go and chill out if things get too hectic.