How To Have A Safe Psychedelic Journey At Home



From Netflix TV and documentary series to constant celebrity endorsements in the media, it seems like everyone is diving into the mysterious, fascinating, and intimidating world of psychedelic journeys.


Not a week goes by without someone reaching out to me inquiring about where to acquire psychedelics, how much to take, and how to prepare for a safe macrodose. While macrodosing is safest when facilitated by trained professionals, access to such services is scarce due to availability, geography, and high costs. Here I outline the most important DOs and DON'Ts of a macrodose psychedelic journey at home.



 

IMPORTANT SAFETY CONSIDERATION


Before diving into the do's and don'ts, it is very important to note that a large dose of psychedelics experience is not for everyone and can be harmful to some individuals. Do not take psychedelics without consultation with your physician as well as professional facilitation if any of the following applies to you:

  • Currently taking pharmaceutical medications

  • Have a diagnosed health condition (especially psychiatric and heart conditions)

  • History of trauma

  • History of severe psychiatric conditions in the family (schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder)

  • Have a strong need for control

  • It is your first experience

 

Depending on the dosage and type of substance, your experience can vary significantly in length and intensity.


Psychedelics are known to give us the experience we need which might very well be very different than the experience we desire. Learning to let go and allow the experience to unfold especially when it is challenging is a rite of passage for every psychonaut; so as you prepare to brave the landscape of your psyche, remember that you can never really fully prepare for a psychedelic experience and no amount of preparation will ever offer you control over how your experience unfolds.


The following guidelines are recommended as a harm reduction strategy to support your body and mind through a psychedelic experience:


DOs:

  • PLAN AHEAD! Allow ample time for the prep, the experience, and the integration space afterward.

  • ALWAYS have a safe and trusted sitter that can support your physical and psychological safety during the journey

  • Start with a SMALL to MEDIUM dose. Remember! You can always take more but you can't take less.

  • Allow at least one hour before deciding whether to increase your dose

  • Make sure you have a SAFE, PRIVATE, comfortable, and well-lit space with access to lay down if needed.

  • TURN OFF your phone, put away the electronics, and BE!

  • Mindfully CURATE your setting with soothing music, incense, and cozy comforts

  • Have plenty of water and simple healthy nourishments available for sustenance

  • PLAN for how you will handle potentially overwhelming moments

  • Keep the info for the Fireside Project Psychedelic Harm Reduction handy in case of overwhelm or crisis.

  • Call or text 62-FIRESIDE > 623-473-7433 for free psychedelic peer support

  • Let go of struggle! SURRENDER to whatever your experience brings. Remember! The only way out is through. The more you relax and ALLOW, the more flow you will experience in your journey; especially when the going gets tough.

  • BREATHE!! Remember that your breath is your best friend to support your state of calm and help you navigate the more challenging aspects of your experience.


DON'Ts:

  • Do not MIX with other substances! Find out why here.

  • Do not take psychedelics when you are not in a positive emotional and mental space

  • Do not take psychedelics without professional guidance if any of the following applies to you:

  • Currently taking pharmaceutical medications

  • Have a diagnosed health condition (especially psychiatric and heart conditions)

  • History of trauma

  • History of severe psychiatric conditions in the family (schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder)

  • Do not take psychedelics on a full stomach

  • Do not take psychedelics after a night of drinking

  • Do not ingest any substances unless you know and trust your source

  • Do not take psychedelics in an unsafe environment or with people you do not know and trust

  • Do not ingest the powerful entheogens reserved for ceremonial and clinical use without professional facilitation. Some of the most well-known substances in this group are:

  • Ayahuasca (in any form including pharmahuasca)

  • Yopo

  • 5-MeO-DMT

  • Iboga and Ibogaine

  • Peyote

  • San Pedro

  • Do not operate machinery while under the influence

  • DO NOT RESIST your experience. The more your struggle, the more challenging your experience.



Psychedelics remain a Schedule I substance in much of the United States and the world. The reader is encouraged to research their local laws and regulations and make informed decisions for themselves with all risks considered. Microdose Guru does not accept any liability or responsibility for the personal choices of its audience.



The recommendations made here are for harm reduction purposes only and should not be considered medical advice. Readers are encouraged to consult their physician and mental health provider before injecting any substances.

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DISCLAIMER

The perspectives and recommendations on this website are not made by a medical professional and should not be considered medical advice. Readers are encouraged to consult their physician before taking any supplements or substances. 

 

While we believe that psychedelic medicines must be decriminalized, psychedelic substances are still considered  "Schedule I" substances in the US and continue to be subject to strong enforcement across nearly all states. The reader is responsible for checking their local rules and regulations and making informed decisions with all risk considerations. Microdose Guru does not endorse or accept liability for its readers' personal choices.