1. Tripping in the Wrong Setting and with the Wrong Company
The surroundings you pick for your trips are as important as the quantity you consume. Tripping in an environment that makes you uncomfortable, distracted, or disturbed might be a trigger for a bad trip. When we are under the effects of magic mushrooms, our brain becomes irreducible. According to some studies, psilocybin has the power to disrupt the communication networks in our brains and reconnect different regions that usually don’t converse with each other. Illusions, loss of sense of time, as well as hearing images, and feeling sounds are related to that disruption. If you’re in an environment with loud noises and bright colours may overstimulate your brain causing you to have a meltdown. However, it’s less likely to experience a bad trip if you’re in a safe, familiar, and comfortable place, like your home or nature.
Who you trip with also contributes to your set and setting. The people who can empathize with your magic mushroom experience are those who understand what you’re going through when you’re tripping. Having a company of noisy strangers who are making you uncomfortable, could turn your experience into something you’ll want to forget.
2. Overindulging, especially in edibles
It’s tricky to decide how many mushrooms to take and measure the quantities. Our suggestion at Origin Mushrooms is to exercise more caution. It’s better to be safe than sorry. It is recommended that the users who are less experienced start with a smaller dose and dose again if you feel like going further with the experience and intensity. When it’s your first time doing mushrooms, you may not wanna take a full trip dose because you might not be able to handle the mushroom’s potency.
When it comes to edibles, you should be really careful – the effects tend to take longer to kick in which may cause the sensation that they’re not working, and eating more right away may not be a good idea. We suggest giving around 1h30min before dosing again.
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3. Combining mushrooms with alcohol or other mind-altering substances and not hydrating enough
When you take psilocybin in combination with alcohol, caffeine, or other hallucinogens, it may result in nausea, paranoia, panic attacks, and even episodes of violence. Overall, most reports indicate that experiences may not be pleasant while indulging in other psychoactive substances during your trip. If you want to make your trip more intense, you can take your mushrooms in small increments, and eventually, you’ll get the effects you desire.
Hydration is an essential part of your trip. As tripping may come with some side effects, it’s possible that you could experience a dry mouth and cold sweats. To avoid this outcome, you’ll need to replenish the water that your body loses. If your stomach starts to get the best of you, it’s recommended to take ginger in any form you may like. It will help soothe your gut, making up.
4. Being in the wrong mind frame and tripping without a specific intent
Make sure you’re in the right state of mind before consuming magic mushrooms. Having a positive and relaxed mindset, rather than being anxious about the experience, are detrimental to whether you have a great trip or a bad one. Magic mushrooms may intensify your worst fears or anxieties, which means that if you are experiencing these thoughts before the trip, they are likely to play out in the form of a bad trip.
There’s nothing wrong with tripping solely for recreational purposes, but setting an intention before the trip might contribute to your personal growth in the following months after the trip. Having a specific purpose for tripping before the event means you stand a greater chance of experiencing long-term positive psychological effects compared to tripping just for the sake of it.
5. Not setting enough time aside for your trip
There’s no such thing as being overly prepared when it comes to tripping. To ensure that you have the best experience when doing so, you should plan ahead to have enough time to enjoy your experience. Psilocybin may last anywhere between 4 to 6 hours or even longer in some cases, so make sure that there’s an adequate time for the effects to wear off. Free up at least 8 hours of your time and, if possible, do it on a weekend when you don’t have to report to work the next day. Feeling under pressure because you don’t have enough time to enjoy the trip can trigger feelings of anxiety and paranoia which will only ruin your trip.