Preparing for a Psychedelic Experience
The word Psychedelic was coined in 1957 by Canadian born British psychiatrist Dr. Humphry Osmond. He combined the Greek words “psyche” meaning "mind or spirit" and “delos” meaning "manifesting." The dictionary definition of the verb manifest is "to become clear or apparent" which is congruent with many reports of deep personal insight and creative epiphany gained through the use of psychedelic substances like psilocybin.
Psychedelics are typically used in one of two contexts, recreational use, or therapeutic use. The altered state of consciousness induced by psychedelics is an experience that anyone can benefit from, and the risk of a negative experience or "bad trip" is negligable if proper care and attention is paid to preparation.
The most important part of being prepared for a psychedelic experience is being comfortable!
Whatever comfortable may mean to you, we recommend being in a familiar location that you feel safe in, and familiarizing yourself with the potential effects of psilocybin, listed below, and the onset and duration of the experience. Be aware that your environment will play a large role in the outcome of your experience.
Even auditory stimulation has measurable effect on a psilocybin experience, according to research at Johns Hopkins University. Researchers there have curated a playlist which after years of study has reliably proven to induce profound and meaningful experiences.
For beginners to Psilocybin mushrooms we recommend starting with 1.5 grams of dried mushroom per 100lbs body weight.
1.5g per lb body weight
In addition to the physical effects listed above, psilocybin's psychological effects can include intense euphoria, a sense of wonder and delight, openness to thoughts and feelings that you usually avoid, a sense of peace, a sense of connection to the world, clarity about relationships and people in your life, strong emotions, spiritual or mystical feelings of unity and connectedness, and even out of body experiences. These effects peak about 2 hours after ingestion, and gently decline for the remainder of the 4-6 hour experience. It is commonly reported that smoking cannabis during this "comedown" period can re-intensify the effects of psilocybin.
Typically, people feel very free and open in the days following a mushroom experience. You should try to get a good night’s sleep afterwards, and you may feel a little tired the next day. Most people find that they have an 'afterglow' from their mushroom experience that can last days or weeks, improving their mood and outlook and keeping them more open to others and new ideas. Issues that you explored during the experience will have a new clarity to them. Emotionally difficult topics, memories, and experiences are likely to feel much safer and will bring up less fear when you remember them. You are likely to feel better able to tackle challenging emotional experiences in your life.
The positive effects of mushrooms can last for years, even from just a single experience. In a recent study at Johns Hopkins Medical Center, an incredible 94% of participants who had a single dose of mushrooms said it was “one of the top five most meaningful experiences of their lives.” Another study found long lasting changes in openness more than a year after a single mushroom dose.