A shroom trip can be a profound and transformative experience. It’s plenty fun in a “vanilla” fashion, but there are a few ways to spice it up and make the most of this journey. Of course, it is crucial to approach it with preparation and intention. So to get the formalities out of the way:
-If you’re going to try to fly, start from the ground.
Okay, on to the good stuff!
How To Have The Best Shroom Trip
1. Set and Setting:
Creating the right set and setting is crucial for a successful shrooms trip. Choose a comfortable and familiar environment where you feel safe and at ease. I love going to craft stores, getting a few yards of some aesthetic fabrics, and hanging them from the walls or ceiling. It gives the space a circus tent meets bungalow vibe. Consider the company you keep during the trip, and surround yourself with positive and supportive loved ones. Remove any potential distractions or sources of anxiety. Give yourself something more interesting to look at, such as a beautiful tapestry or painting. Or go to YouTube and watch this:
2. Dosage and Timing:
Determining the appropriate dosage can be tricky. Let’s assume this isn’t your first time (but if it is, check this out). To ensure a balanced and enjoyable shroom trip, eat a healthy meal about 45 minutes to an hour before dosing. Citrus is commonly paired with psilocybin as the acid will help break down the mushrooms more quickly. Allow ample time for the effects to kick in, as rushing the experience may lead to overwhelming sensations. Patience is key.
3. Mindset and Intention:
Approach your shrooms trip with a positive mindset and clear intentions. Reflect on what you hope to gain from the experience, whether it’s personal growth, self-reflection, or creative inspiration. Setting intentions can help guide your journey and provide a sense of purpose. A kick-ass time is absolutely a valid intention, but what if you took it a step further? What do you want to take with you? Connectedness? Love? Emotional tranquility? Try it. It’s a game-changer.
4. Surrender and Let Go:
During the trip, it is essential to surrender to the experience and let go of control. Shrooms have a way of revealing profound insights and emotions. Embrace the journey, even if it takes unexpected turns. Trust the process and allow yourself to fully immerse in the present moment. Dance, laugh, hug, roll around on the ground. Embrace childlike wonder.
5. Engage in Self-Care:
Prioritize self-care before, during, and after the trip. Ensure you are well-rested, hydrated, and nourished. Consider incorporating activities that promote relaxation and introspection, such as meditation, journaling, or listening to calming music. Taking care of your physical and mental well-being can enhance the overall experience.
- Another way you can do this is to prepare for every possible outcome. No one wants to think a bad trip can happen, which is why being prepared for one could potentially make a huge difference. Have a plan in place in case things go off the rails. Set up a designated “calm down” space. It could be the bathroom, your bedroom, or your car (no – no driving, just sitting). Having a place where you can breathe and relax without others in your space can sometimes be all you need. Try drinking water, maybe eat some fruit, and breathe through it. Fresh air or a walk could be very helpful as well.
If your friend is the one having a bad trip, here are some ways to handle it:
- Remain calm. Don’t ask too many questions. Don’t tell them what to do. Be passive and patient. Ask them if they need anything, remind them of the designated safe space, and just do your thing. Shrooms can make people feel out of place, through off their social compass, and cause them to feel disconnected. As long as you remain in your happy place, they’ll sync up eventually. Offer to go on a walk if you’re able. A change of scenery can also help reset the mind and vibe. If you’re both struggling, remember these steps:
- Take space for yourself
When you’re body starts sending you feelings of anxiety or discomfort, that is typically our ancient lizard brains letting us know that our basic needs must be met. So start with the basics. Water, food, safety.
6. Have a playlist or cinematic piece ready:
Now this one can be tricky. Music is a lot easier to vibe to than a movie, and there are some movies that do not jive with mushrooms. My personal favorites for movies or shows to watch on a shroom trip go as follows:
-The Midnight Gospel (Netflix)
-Adventure Time (Hulu)
-The Secret of Kells (Amazon)
-Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium (Amazon)
-Spirited Away (Amazon & Max)
-Dreams by Akira Kurosawa (Amazon)
-The Grand Budapest Hotel (Amazon & Hulu)
-Rise of the Guardians (Amazon & Apple)
-Russinan Doll (Netflix)
-Altered Carbon (Netflix)
-The Big Lebowski (Netflix)
-Brand New Cherry Flavor (Netflix)
This selection ranges from “don’t watch this if you’re new to shrooms” to “my dude, you need to watch this on shrooms”. Be considerate of the vibes you’re going for and I’m sure you’ll find something good here.
As far as music, I got you.
Here are two solid options:
Leveling up your shrooms trip is totally doable with a little preparation, a positive mindset, and a willingness to surrender to the experience. By setting the right environment, being kind to your body, and approaching the journey with intention, you can unlock the transformative potential of psilocybin mushrooms. Remember to prioritize self-care and engage in post-trip reflection to fully integrate the lessons learned. May your shroom trip be cosmically enlightening.