Good Trip Guaranteed: Common Mistakes To Avoid When Using Psychedelics

Psychedelics can be mind-opening, life-changing portals that propel you into another reality of introspective thought, deep connections, and beautiful discoveries… but if used incorrectly, they can be scary and borderline traumatizing. That said, they don’t need to be avoided or prohibited, as entheogens have been a part of human culture for millennia. Responsible and informed use of these compounds is crucial – just be sure that when prepping for your psychonaut adventure, you respect their psychedelic plant power and avoid some common mistakes that can make or break your trip.

Psychedelics are fun, but if you make any of the following mistakes before or during your trip, things can get too crazy, really fast. Make sure to follow our guide to ensure a positive trip, and to learn more about rapidly-growing psychedelic industry, subscribe to The Psychedelics Weekly Newsletter.


What Are Psychedelics?

Psychedelic drugs, also referred to entheogens, are a subset of hallucinogens which contain compounds that can alter perception. The term entheogens come from Greek and can be roughly translated to mean “building the God within”. The high produced by these types of drugs is known as a ‘trip’, and can include various types of visual, auditory, and sensory hallucinations. The intensity of a trip can vary dramatically based on the specific compound and dose consumed. Sometimes, a user will experience no hallucinations at all, but rather a sense of general well-being, spirituality, and euphoria.  

If you’ve ever heard someone mention a ‘bad trip’, this means they had some type of negative side effects or maybe even scary hallucinations. Physical symptoms of a bad trip can include but are not limited to: irregular heartbeat, nausea, chills, sweating, and anxiety. Dosing and setting, among other factors, can significantly impact a psychedelic trip, so you want to make sure that you’re doing everything possible to ensure an uplifting and beneficial high.

Are They Safe?

Psychedelics are generally regarded as safe. According to the results of a Global Drug Survey that polled 120,000 regular drug users, magic mushrooms were the safest recreational drug, along with cannabis. Their method at determining user safety was by comparing the drug used to the amount of required emergency room visits. Only 0.2% of the nearly 10,000 mushroom users surveyed had ever required emergency care, compared to the 1.0% of those using harder drugs like ecstasy or cocaine.

Furthermore, new research suggests that certain psychedelic substances can help relieve anxiety, depression, PTSD, addiction and numerous other mental health disorders. “The biggest misconception people have about psychedelics is that these are drugs that make you crazy,” says Michael Pollan, author of the new book How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence. “We now have evidence that that does happen sometimes — but in many more cases, these are drugs that can make you sane.”

Good Trip Guaranteed: Common Mistakes to Avoid on Psychedelics

Again, just because psychedelic drugs are typically safe that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have a perfect experience with them. When partaking, it’s very important to set the mood beforehand to make sure everything goes smoothly and reduce your likelihood of having a bad trip. Avoiding the following mistakes will ensure that your experience with psychedelics is a positive one

Pick the right setting

Psychologist and author, Timothy Leary, could not emphasize it more… “set and setting” are of utmost importance when it comes to having a happy and therapeutic psychedelic trip. The general consensus is that it’s best to avoid unfamiliar situations, especially if you’re a novice user, and you should do everything possible to construct a safe and relaxing tripping environment BEFORE you start your adventure.

Make sure you’re in good company

At best, being around bad company or people that make you uncomfortable can be awkward and unpleasant. At worst, hanging out with the wrong people while tripping can become a literal nightmare complete with terrifying hallucinations. I don’t know about you, but for me, vibes are everything. If I get bad vibes from someone when I’m sober, you had better believe those negative feelings will be amplified if I’m on psychedelic drugs. To make sure you have a peaceful experience, you absolutely must surround yourself with people you trust and feel completely safe around.

Do NOT Use Hallucinogens with Other Substances

Psychedelic drugs are best used alone, unless of course you choose to smoke a little bit of cannabis along with them, which can have positive effects. Harder drugs and alcohol can be dangerous as they can magnify disorientation and physical symptoms associated with bad trips (nausea, chills, etc.), and some believe that combining these types of substances with entheogens can lead to violent thoughts and hallucinations.

Your Mood Impacts Your Trip

If you’re in a bad mood beforehand – feeling anxious, nervous, stressed, scared, or going through some sort of existential crisis – you might want to hold off on the psychedelics. Sure, when used therapeutically in a clinical setting, they can change your thoughts for the better. But if you’re inexperienced and grappling with dark thoughts, hallucinogens can amplify these and put you in a dangerously negative state of mind.

Don’t Rush

When planning your trip, it’s important to keep in mind that certain hallucinogens – mushrooms and LSD, for instance – can produce highs that last for up to 8 hours. Make 100 percent sure that you have enough time to complete your trip and come down from it properly without any type of activity or responsibility getting in the way. If you feel like you’re rushing and have too near of a cutoff time before getting back to reality, you could end up with a veil of dread and anxiety over your experience.

Final Thoughts

All in all, taking psychedelics successfully is not complicated or daunting in any way if you avoid making the above mistakes. Just be sure to keep a few things in mind, get your setting and company right, and don’t mix psychedelics with stronger drugs, and you can almost guarantee that your trip will be open, joyous, and transformative; rather than the complete opposite. Have you ever had a bad trip on psychedelics, and if so, was it related to any avoidable mistakes? We’d love to hear your thoughts, drop us a line in the comment section below!

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What’s in Your Stash? Levitation Room: A SoCal Band’s Stash on the Road

Traveling with your stash can be challenging. When your stash is your muse, as well as your remedy, networking from town to town becomes a given. Thankfully, cannabis is the world’s most beloved and commonly used beneficial plant on the planet, and even in illegal states, there are little stashes to be found everywhere.

Levitation Room has lived its young life on the road. Cannabis partakers since high school, the plant is part of who they are, infused into the lyrics of love song, Cosmic Flower, from its debut album, Ethos.

Cosmic Flower, tell me why
Your faded love keeps me satisfied
Floating around on a constant cloud
But I’m never coming down

The lyrics were penned by Julian Porte for the band that seems to be channeling an exquisitely orchestrated ’60s psychedelic rock sound.

Photo Credit: John Zabawa

Vintage Sound

Porte and longtime friend, Gabriel Fernandez, grew up as punks in Los Angeles. They were eventually inspired by the sounds of the ’60s and beyond, with Porte sharing that that’s when they learned to actually play their instruments well.

“When we started looking into what inspired punk rockers, that puts you into music from the ’60s – and that leads you to folk, blues, and jazz,” he explained from a rest stop somewhere in Arizona. “All this music was influenced by weed. The first time Gabriel and I smoked and listened to Reggae – Tuff Gong, Marley – it was a revelation.” 

Porte said their music is a combination of everything they’ve ever been inspired by, with all the pieces coming together for their unique, yet vintage sound.

The title of their first album, Ethos, was chosen purposefully, after learning that the Greeks used the word to describe the power of music to influence the emotions, behaviors, and morals.

They’ve toured for three years with Ethos, and just released their sophomore effort, Headspace, on October 4. Headspace is an equally groovy compilation, with a trippy video to its Polydactyl Cat album opener, detailing a day in the life of a man-sized hip cat on a bad trip.

Touted as an East LA psychedelic rock band from its label, Burger Records, all four members grew up in Los Angeles, with Gabriel Fernandez the band’s founder on guitar/vocals (31); Julian Porte, also guitar/vocals (33); Jonathan Martin, on drums (29); and (another) John Martin on bass/vocals (31).

Porte and Fernandez met when they were 15 and 17 years old, respectively, shortly after Porte ran away from home as a rebellious, angst-filled punk-rocker. 

“My father is a conservative Christian,” Porte shared. “I ran away because of all the rules he had for me, but we are good today. My mom is my best friend – shout out to my mom! She smokes every now and then – it helps her sleep and calms her emotions, because she’s going through menopause. My dad is great – we’ve found a middle ground. I’m grateful.”

They’ve toured solidly throughout the states, with three European and UK tours under their belts to date. And everywhere they’ve been, they’ve been able to medicate and recreate, thanks to social media and a loyal fan base.

“We don’t carry if we are in an illegal state,” Julian advised. “We are respectful of the rules, but when we post we are coming to a certain town on one of our social media platforms, fans will show up offering their appreciation. They aren’t just are fans, they are our tribe.”

What’s in Your Stash? Levitation Room: A SoCal Band’s Stash on the Road
Photo Credit: John Zabawa

Stash on the Road

The band stopped on the road and took photos of what a typical stash looks like, albeit, with one stand-out: an apple.

From an article in OC Weekly, Porte admits, “I know people get tired of hearing it, because it’s so typical, but the Beatles are my greatest influence.”

“Anything from Abbey Road to Rubber Soul, that’s where our heads are at,” Porte added. 

Hence the apple, but the plot thickens, as Porte expounds on the additional significance, “We also like to smoke out of apples – and you can eat it when you are finished. It’s good for you.”

With a nod to how difficult it is to eat healthy on the road, it’s also a tip on being paraphernalia-free while crossing state lines from legal to non-legal states, and so on. Hence the pre-rolls and papers for joints on the go.

Always aware of the plant’s medicinal properties, Porte shares, “For me, I love cannabis because it relieves a lot of stress – on the road, in life. After I eat I sometimes have stomach pains, but when I smoke the pain is gone in less than five minutes, and my stomach feels fine.”

It’s apropos to have Porte’s guitar in the stash, as well as guitar picks in their stash box, as he says smoking weed has gone hand-in-hand with learning to play the guitar well.

“It’s helpful in the creative process,” he explained. “Time flies by, as I can practice for hours – it’s enjoyable, not a chore. Even though we’ve played our songs hundreds of times, weed can make everything new again. It’s definitely a muse.”

Drummer, Jon Martin, adds, “I like to get really high and put on a record really loud, and play it from start to finish! You can hear every detail, every chord – especially with a vinyl.”

Favorite papers are the classic orange Zig-Zag, or Randy’s, the paper with the built-in wire-turned roach clip from the ’70s.

To be honest, Porte said the boys in the band aren’t picky about what flower they medicate with. But, while in California, the band’s go-to is a cultivar called Old Pal, ground and ready to roll.

“Sometimes weed these days can be a bit strong and can end up giving us anxiety, or make us feel overwhelmingly introspective,” he surmised. “Old Pal’s hybrid is our favorite, because it’s a really mellow high. It’s nice to catch a chill buzz and still be able to socialize and engage in normal, routine activity, without the world melting around you – while you’re stuck in the prison of your own mind.”

Stuck in a prison of your own mind – while the world melts around you. Sounds like a stash gone terribly wrong. Could be a righteous riff from this hip band’s next album. In the meantime, this writer will roll-up another one, with headphones firmly on and the volume turned up high – getting into my own Headspace, in my own Levitation Room. Thanks, guys.

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