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    #1: Buy a test kit. Only ~$2 per test. http://www.amazon.com/NIK-Drug-Test-Kit-LSD/dp/B002ATUECS/

    Getting the right source is the #1 issue with LSD.



    #2: Tell at least one friend that you appreciate them, and you would feel very comforted if they read/follow the instructions in the trip sitter preparation section on tripsafe. Ask them if they'd be happy to tripsit. Especially important if you're inexperienced or trying a new dosage level for the first time (1.5 tabs is not the same as 1 tab!).



    #3: Be aware of dosage. Also, different sources for LSD can have very different strengths! Especially take note if you're used to getting street LSD and then you switch to dark net market LSD. The dark net tabs tend to be much higher quality.



    "I've had ~10 psychedelic experiences. My last three were more anxious/less positive than the rest (2 acid trips, 1 DMT). 

    I'd like to get back into it.

    What's the best way to get back into it after the recent more anxious experience? I'm nervous because it's been so long.


    • 2cb
    • 2cb + mdma (nexus flip)
    • Shrooms only (have only had very positive shrooms experiences)
    • Hippy flip
    • LSD only
    • Candy flip
    • Microdose of LSD/shrooms

    Any opinions or advice?

    I will also be doing some meditation both the day before and the morning of the day I re-embark."


    If any helpful readers have advice for this thoughtful reader, send them to [email protected] within the next week or so.


    All throughout June, July and August 2016 we've been making minor updates to the content :)


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    As drugs go, psychedelics are some of the safest.


    Unfortunately, other drugs are often sold as LSD, and they are almost always far less safe.


    With shrooms, street shrooms are likely safe. Unfortunately the same is often untrue for LSD.


    If you're buying LSD, please buy it in the safest manner possible so that you don't risk your health.


    Get Safe Drugs.org: This guide teaches you how to order safe drugs online using dark net markets.


    "Too many people die from taking what they think is LSD, but is actually an NBOME."


    This site is a resource. Deaths could have been prevented if people who took NBOMEs had all taken shrooms that had been grown, instead.


    Great site: http://www.growingshrooms.org/

  • FUN

    If you're at a computer, try out this:


    Fluid Simulator

  • FAQ

    What does tripping do? Will I see elephants that don't exist?
    See here for an extremely accurate representation of what you might see:


    Should I smoke weed while tripping?
    If you need to ask this question, probably not — it can make it much more intense.
    At least, try and wait until the tail end of the trip, rather than smoking during the peak.

    Great resources to understand the basics:







    How often can I trip (Sep 2016)?

    It is recommended to wait at least until you have completely reintegrated the previous trip into your life before tripping again.

  • Dosage



    If possible, try and identify what variety of shrooms you are taking.


    Different mushrooms have different potencies.


    As a general rule:


    • Threshold: .25 g; 1/100oz

    • Light: .25 - 1 g; 1/100-1/28oz

    • Common: 1 - 2.5 g; 1/28-1/10oz

    • Strong: 2.5 - 5 g; 1/10-1/6oz


    • Heavy: 5 + g; 1/6oz+


    Shrooms dosage calculator



    LSD Dosage





    Don't use 5g on your first time because you weigh more than your friends. Seriously.

  • I am having a rough trip

    Please click here if you need immediate assistance.

    "Say hi, tell us your substance and dose, and describe your issue.

    If no one responds within 30 seconds, say ~tripsit and someone will be with you immediately."


    Calming videos for if you are having a rough trip


    The purpose of sitting with someone in crisis is not to reduce effects, but to create and maintain a safe place where the individual can play out the process without coming into contact with themselves or others.

    Everything is Fine with Me: Make it clear that the whole world may be falling apart for them, but everything is OK with you.

    Also, if you're having a bad trip, no you won't die! Things can seem much worse during the trip. Afterwards, they will realize, of course I/they weren't going to die, but during the trip some aspects of reality can disappear, so remember to be reassuring.

    Though if they didn't ask if they are going to die, don't go saying, “don't worry, you're not going to die”... That won't be very helpful! Instead, remember, make it clear that no matter what is going on with them, everything is OK with you, you aren't scared for them, etc. If you're really scared for them and show it, they will likely get unnecessarily worried.


    1. If someone seems to be having a hard time, gently ask them if they would like someone to sit with them. If it seems disturbing to them to have someone sitting with them, have someone nearby keep an eye on them unobtrusively.
    2. Relate to them in the space they are in. Oftentimes, the thing which isolates people and creates a sense of paranoia or loss is that they are *so far out* of normal awareness that people are trying hard to ground them. Start off instead by trying to just be there for them. Try to see the world through their eyes.
    3. What different ways can you change setting (noise level, temperature, outside vs. inside, etc.)? A party/rave/concert setting can aggravate a person's state of mind. Consider finding the quietest place if it seems like it will help (taking cues from the experiencer), and ask people to not crowd around. Reassure them the situation is under control, noting those who offer help in case help is needed later. Another example of changing the setting may be turning the lights on/off.
    4. How can you minimize risk of emotional or physical harm? Remember your concern for how the person is feeling, not concern for the situation (as in "oh my gawd, we've got to do something.")
    5. Paranoia: If the person doesn't want anyone near them, hang back, turn so you aren't staring at them, but keep an eye on them as discretely as possible. Think about what it would feel like to be in a paranoid state, having some stranger (whether you are or not) follow you around and watch you.
    6. What objects/activities/distractions might help the person get through a difficult space (toys, animals, music, etc.)?
    7. No Pressure: Just be with them. Unless there is risk of bodily injury, just make it clear you are there for them if they need anything.
    8. Touch. Touch can be very powerful, but it can also be quite violating. In general, don't touch them unless they say its OK or they touch you first. If it seems like they might need a hug, ask them. If they are beyond verbal communication, try to be very sensitive to any negative reaction to touch. Try to avoid getting pulled into any sexual contact. Often, holding hands is a very effective and non-threatening way to let someone know you are there if they need you.
    9. Intensity can come in cycles or waves. It also can work as a system — a movement through transpersonal spaces which can have a beginning, a middle, and an end. Don't try to push too hard to move it.
    10. Not Forever: If they are connected enough to worry about their sanity, assure them that the state is due to a psychoactive and they will return to their 'home' state of mind in time.
    11. Normal Drug-Induced: Tell them they are experiencing the acute effects of a psychoactive (if you know what, tell them) and tell them that it is normal (although uncommon) to go through spiritual crises and they (like thousands before them) will be fine if they relax and let the substance run its course.
    12. Breathing: breathe with them. If they are connected enough to be present for assistance, get them to join you in deep, long, full breaths. If they're amenable to it, or really far out and freaking, putting a hand on their belly and saying, "breath from down here", "just keep breathing, you 'got it", can help.
    13. Relaxing: It can be very very hard to relax in the middle of dying or being pulled apart by demons, but tell them that you are there to make sure nothing happens to their physical body. One of the most important things during really difficult internal processes is to learn to be OK with them happening, to 'relax' one's attempt to stop the experience and just let it happen.
    14. Getting Meditative: Gently suggesting they try to close their eyes and focus inward can sometimes change the course of their experience.
    15. Barefeet on the ground: One of the most centering and grounding thing to do is to take off shoes and socks and get your feet directly on the hard ground. Be careful of doing this in toe-dangerous surroundings.
    16. Eye contact: If the person is not acting paranoid and fearful of you, make sure to include a lot of eye contact.
    17. Everything is Fine with Me: Make it clear that the whole world may be falling apart for them, but everything is OK with you.
    18. Healthy process: Crises are a normal part of the human psychological process and one way to engage them is as a process of healing, not a 'problem' to be fixed.

    If you have a blanket: 'the most comforting thing that some people reported helped them during the most acute experiences is having a blanked wrapped around them.'

    Ref: https://www.erowid.org/psychoactives/faqs/psychedelic_crisis_faq.shtml

  • Prep checklist: I'm tripping soon

    Prep checklist:

    • Watch 'How to TripSit by PsychedSubtance'
    • Get a thick weighty blanket
    • Have Xanax/Valium on hand (optional)
    • Make a big music playlist, with different music for different moods. For new users, avoid music during the 2nd, 3rd and 4th hrs, or at least avoid music with words during this time (i.e. the peak)
    • Get rid of any responsibilities you have
    • Accept the posibility of an unexpectedly long (24 hr max) trip (unlikely)
    • Get a little bit of food, perhaps some fruit and a kombucha
    • Read https://www.reddit.com/r/LSD/comments/2zuyyb/updated_please_post_your_advice_for_first_timers/
    • Test your LSD
    • Know your dosage, prepare your dosage (e.g. if the paper needs to be cut), store it safely (in an amber glass jar)
    • Set ground rules with your tripsitter
    • "Spend an hour or two in nature the day before. I prefer to be alone and contemplate my intentions: why am I taking LSD? Do I want to reconnect to my artistic side? Do I want to explore the meaning of life? Do I want to slow down and just be in the moment? Do I want to watch Electric Sheep visualizers and play with glow sticks? These are very different than expectations, of which I'd suggest having none. Detailed plans tend to cause me stress. I once packed a backpack for three days before a trip, going as far as to draw a cross-section diagram to locate everything while peaking. I was fucking ready. Then I ate the acid and ended up watching ladybugs and grasshoppers and the clouds for a good four hours. I never even opened the bag. Intentions are good. Expectations are bad." Reddit user here
    • Clean your space the night before, clutter can be bad while tripping
    • "Understand that if you start to feel you are having a bad trip, it does NOT mean you are locked into a bad trip for the rest of the time. You can work through things and return the trip to a happy, positive place." src
    • Eat a good meal 1-2 hrs before you trip (perhaps some eggs)
    • Phone on silent
    • Get a notebook and a pen
    • Consider buying a flower and a candle to have available to look at while tripping
    • Consider having "Family photographs, a mirror, artistic objects, flowers, and other beautiful natural or manmade objects" available
    • Do it on a day where you have the day afterwards for rest, recovery, and re-integration (i.e. prep Friday night, take on Saturday, recover on Sunday)
    • Make a big music playlist -- this has some of the best music for lsd/mushrooms/etc here: https://open.spotify.com/user/hmdrobin/playlist/0ZaRudfEtSmq6RQTcqu3cy
    • If you normally drink coffee in the morning, consider just having a cup of caffeinated tea instead (advantages: slightly less caffeine, and also adds l-theanine for calmness)
    • Prepare food for the trip sitter (especially the sitter, the tripper won't be very hungry most likely) and the tripper so you don't need to get it during the trip. Suggestion: microwaveable rice packets are surprisingly good when combined with raspberries :P Also the sitter probably should eat before, and not eat while the tripper is peaking
    • To sleep at the end if you're having trouble, doxylamine succinate (sleeping pills, suggested dose 12.5mg) or a low dose of a benzo can be used
    • Lean into the discomfort. (Alternatively: "Whenever in doubt, turn off your mind, relax, float downstream.")


    Best music on LSD





    Things you should have:
    A trip sitter (who has read the preparation materials below), if needed

    Have a tripsitter who knows that thick weighty blankets wrapped around you can really help if you're having a rough trip.


    Knowledge: even if you aren't being or having a trip sitter, it's probably worth watching this great video 'How to TripSit by PsychedSubtance'

    Xanax or Valium can be used to smooth out a trip

    • Xanax: 0.25mg-1mg for low anxiety (start with either 0.25mg or 0.5mg, perhaps 0.25 if you don't weigh much or 0.5 otherwise, wait 20-30 mins, then dose more if needed), 1-3mg for extreme acute attacks
    • Valium: “between 2 and 10 mg for low level anxiety and 10-30 mg for acute, extreme attacks”
    • Xanax may be more sedating than valium.

    Test your substance
    Remember that it's really important to ensure the source of what you are taking.

    It is not uncommon to have someone tell you something is LSD, but it ends up being something else.


    This is the highest risk part of doing LSD -- making sure that you actually have LSD.


    Buy a test kit here http://www.amazon.com/NIK-Drug-Test-Kit-LSD/dp/B002ATUECS/


    Typically, dark web vendors have reviews which helps ensure that when they sell something as LSD, it is actually LSD.

    Should I have a trip sitter?
    If you aren't very experienced, probably.

    How do you know if you're experienced enough? If you need to ask the question of whether you should have a trip sitter, you probably should :-) Better safe than sorry :-)

    Also, even if you are experienced, if you're trying a new dosage, it's probably worth having a sitter. If you've only ever done 1 tab before, you may underestimate the increase that doing 1.5 tabs may yield.


    If you wish to use psychedelics as a tool to assist psychotherapy, here are some links to check out.








    The Entheogenic Trip
    Entheogenic roughly means drawing yourself closer to spirituality, or the god within.
    See the book The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide for a guide on how to perform such an experience.
    It requires two people, one sitter and one tripper.

    More tips for first timers:


  • Prep checklist: Your friend is tripping soon (aka, How to be an awesome trip sitter)

    You're a great friend for doing this!


    Do the following three things.

    Watch this video: How to TripSit by PsychedSubstance
    Then watch this video by MAPS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aBjoARwlOY

    And then read the 'my friend is having a rough trip' section


    If you want to be super thorough, read https://drugs-forum.com/forum/showwiki.php?title=The_psychedelic_crisis:_bad_trip


    I cannot emphasize enough how valuable this 30 minute time investment is. Watch the videos with friends if you want, and that way it's just an excuse to watch videos with people.


    Other tips:

    • Just go with it! Make it clear to the tripper beforehand that if they want you to switch out of "sitter" mode and into playful/friend mode, you're happy to at any point.
    • If the person plans to think, get writing utensils available to them in any position they are in. While peaking, it will tend to require far too much energy for the tripper to ask for a pen and paper. Seriously -- if you ask them "need anything?" they'll probably respond with "nope" because they're trying to work out how to get the energy to tel you that they want paper and pen. At best they *might* be able to wave their hand around to indicate a pen. It can be hard to understate how difficult it can be for the tripper to communicate to the sitter during the peak period :)
    • Sitter needs to have tons of patience - full day free, no phone calls needed etc
    • Have a watch to check the time so that you don't need to check your phone
    • Isolate the tripper from unnecessary problems -- like phone calls (turn off vibrate) or knocks at the door, but don't be weird or secretive about it. Trippers are pretty good at sensing small details so if you try and hide something they might worry :)
    • Reassure the tripper before you start that you will take full care of yourself -- and that you are happy to wait the entire time (say 16-24 hrs at most with LSD, likely 12-14 depending on dosage) with them. This is important so that they don't worry that you're dissatisfied or uncomfortable -- remember, they likely won't be able to communicate and ask you "are you comfortable" so they'll just think about it in their head
    • During their peak, try and sit mostly in one place, so have water/sunscreen/a book with you
    • Reading a book should be fine
    • If it's a place with windows where others can see in, you (the sitter) sitting outside or by the windows can be nice, a tripper would likely think "It's nice that they are by the window so that noone outside sees me doing crazy things inside and thinks I'm a crazy person and wants to call the police"
    • Don't dismiss anything they say. This applies just on the come up -- e.g. if they make a suggestion and you respond with an abrupt "nah" they may well take the negativity more than normal, and also after the peak while they are trying to communicate things to you -- just feel them and understand them, even if they things they are saying are scary to you or them, and know that you'll be in a better spot to discuss it all tomorrow.



    Further reading:

    http://psychsitter.com/download-manual/ (long but good)



    If you're at all into psychedelics. Note added May 4 2016

    Seriously. This book could be lifechanging.

    If you aren't convinced, listen to the second podcast episode below first.


    Link to the book


    Also, you should listen to:

    Tim Ferriss Show: Are Psychedelic Drugs the Next Medical Breakthrough? (ignore the clickbait headline, but the content is awesome)


    Tim Ferriss Show: The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide (this is the episode that convinced me that I should buy the book)


    For both I'd suggest listening on a faster speed, the Overcast.fm web player is pretty good for that


    TripSafe is a psychedelic harm reduction website. Be safe while tripping.