Herbs & Supplements, Trip Planning, etc
While psychedelics are often able to give us incredible insights and revelations, they can also occasionally precipitate fearful or “negative” experiences, or just plain old physical discomfort. Psychedelics can cause repressed memories and emotions to bubble up and one may get caught up in a “negative thought loop.” It’s important to remember that even “bad” experiences can sometimes be amazing catalysts for teaching us important lessons. If you are sitting with someone, tell them you are having a hard time and ask for help. Don’t suffer in silence.
This is a brief guide to some strategies, herbs, and supplements for being more prepared to deal with these hard journeys should they arise. Most of these aids have calming or grounding properties.
Here are some recommended herbs and supplements:
1. Chamomile: A popular herb used in teas, chamomile has calming effects that can help soothe nervousness.
2. Lavender: Lavender, whether inhaled as an essential oil or consumed as tea, is thought to have a calming effect on the nervous system.
3. Lemon Balm: This herb is known among herbalists for inducing cheerfulness, easing stress and helping with relaxation. It is also anti-viral.
4. Passionflower: Traditionally used for its sedative effects, passionflower can help in reducing anxiety and nervous overload.
5. CBD: While not an herb, CBD (cannabidiol) is a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis that is often cited for its calming properties. It also tends to be effective at reducing inflammation.
6. Magnesium Supplementation: Magnesium is a mineral that is important for countless functions including the nervous system and often helps to reduce muscle tension and overall anxiety.
Please remember that the interaction of herbs and supplements with psychedelics can be unpredictable. If someone is having a difficult time during a psychedelic experience, the best course of action is often to seek support from a trusted individual or a healthcare professional. Additionally, people with existing health conditions or those on medication should consult a healthcare provider before using any herbs or supplements.
Our Trip Fade uses 3 ingredients to aid in reducing the overactive effects of psychedelics- dextrose, ascorbic acid, and passionflower.
Using dextrose (a form of glucose) to reduce the effects of psychedelics is based on the idea that an increase in blood sugar levels might help counteract certain effects of psychedelic substances. This concept, while not widely researched or medically endorsed, draws on 3 main points.
However, it’s important to note that these are largely theoretical and anecdotal considerations. There is limited scientific research on the interaction between dextrose (or any form of glucose) and psychedelics.
IMPORTANT : This approach is not a substitute for medical intervention in cases of severe reactions to psychedelic substances
If someone is having a difficult time during a psychedelic experience, the most recommended approach is to seek support from a trusted individual and/or consult healthcare professionals if necessary. Additionally, individuals with diabetes or other conditions affecting blood sugar should be particularly cautious and consult their healthcare provider before using dextrose in this context.
Ascorbic acid is there for it’s anti-oxidant properties and passionflower is a nervine herb that will often soothe the nervous system.
There are also a number of breathing techniques that are useful for anxiety in general that may help a person experiencing a bad trip:
- ‘Box breathing’, or square breathing, involves taking deep breaths (that cause both your chest and stomach to move) and timing your breathing. To do this, inhale through your nose for four seconds, hold your breath for four seconds without exhaling, and then slowly exhale for four seconds. Repeat until you feel more centred.
- Another technique is the 4-7-8 technique. This involves inhaling through the nose for four seconds, holding your breath for seven seconds and then exhaling through the mouth for eight seconds.
Some people find that holding onto a small object, like a rock or crystal, can help to keep them grounded as they breathe through the tough stuff.
Change the Scenery
Moving to a new setting (ie changing the scenery) can have a profound impact on your mood. If you’re having trouble accepting a difficult experience, there’s no rule that says you have to sit with it for the entire duration of your trip. Maybe you need to be in nature or simply ground to the earth with your bare feet. Don’t overthink things and do what feels right while remaining safe and protected.
When all else fails, prayer may be appropriate. Calling out for divine protection and assistance from whatever you perceive to be the highest expression of good (be they angels or ancestors) can be a gamechanger. You will eventually come back to your comfort zone, so remember this. These difficult experiences will not last forever.
There are some steps you can take to make your journeys as safe and pleasant as possible:
- Reflect on your mindset at the time and make sure you are in the right headspace to take psychedelics.
- Choose a calm environment, such as your home or a wide open space such as a garden.
- Avoid taking substances alone and instead do them with people you trust.
- If you are new to taking psychedelics, take a low dose so that you are not too overwhelmed by the intensity.
- Make a plan of how you might spend your time during your trip.
- Minimise the need to venture into busy areas; ensure you have adequate food and water before starting and try not to have any reason to leave the safe, familiar space you have decided to trip in. Having snacks, water, a colouring book or other supplies on hand before your trip can help with this.
- Figure out before your trip who you will call or what you will do in the event of an emergency
Hopefully you have found this brief guide to be helpful. May your journeys be blessed!