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How to Calm Someone Down From Having a Bad Trip

Updated on September 12, 2017
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Tripping out can be a very pleasant experience for some, yet extremely dangerous for others.
Tripping out can be a very pleasant experience for some, yet extremely dangerous for others.

What to do if you think someone has taken something "poisonous"

  • Discover WHAT they have taken, WHEN and HOW MUCH. Gather as much information as you can to help the paramedics.
  • Call your local emergency as soon as possible.
  • Sometimes it's better out than in, but making them be sick could obstruct their breathing and cause other problems.

Pharmacology, The Study Of Drugs

Worst Case Scenarios

Users can suffer from severe anxiety attacks, suicidal thoughts or become seriously disorientation with delusional and paranoia thoughts. Hallucinations are very common and can be caused by a number of factors including neurological and psychological. Those having a bad trip may also want to harm themselves or others around them. Some may feel they are literally going to die and anyone experiencing these symptoms should get medical help immediately. Users experiencing a bad trip or a reaction to some substances could suffer long term damage, and may need professional long term treatment.

Have wondered what should you do if they're having a bad trip? Wonder no more with this quick guide.

First, try and find out what the person has taken. I know this can be easier said than done, but what could seem like a simple case of a trip gone wrong could be the start of a reaction to something serious. Drugs which 'could' cause hallucinations include Cannabis/Marijuana, Magic Mushrooms, Salvia Divinorum (A psychoactive plant) Acid Tabs/LSD, Ecstasy, Crack, (PCP = Phencyclidine), Cocaine, DMT/Dimethyltryptamine and Amyl Nitrate.

Call for medical help immediately if you have any doubts at all. Unless, you are fully aware of what they have taken, and the possible side effects, try to monitor their breathing and heart rate at all times.

Things like LSD and magic mushrooms can artificially induce psychosis which means you lose all touch with reality, to an observer, a person can appear crazy but this state will evaporate once the drug has worn off.

Never laugh if someone says there going to die, or that a giant teddy bear is chasing them. Also, be prepared to listen to a lot of crazy talk. This will wear off but could last up to 12 hours.

Explain what is happening is not real and concentrate on bringing them back to straight thinking by telling them they're safe. The drug will wear off, and they will definitely not die.

Try to offer drinks such as tea, orange juice or anything to bring there sugar level back up. Even if they don't feel like eating suggest eating food like a small snack like a sandwich or apple. If someone were having a bad mushroom trip, you would not want to give them orange juice. Vitamin C can amplify the effects of the high. People often take vitamin C supplements to increase the potency of their mushrooms.

Try to keep them in a quiet place away from loud noises, lots of people and flashing lights. Make sure they are in a nice calming place with soothing music. and get them to lay on there side in bed if you can.

The color of a room can make all the difference. Light green and blue rooms have a good calming effect. Massaging them gently is another option. They may become agitated so don't push them. They may not be in a cooperative mood.

If things get too serious and violent, keep as far away from them as possible but close enough to stop them from doing something dangerous to them self or others. Be on your guard.

If you called the medical officers, they should have now arrived. They may have to administer a liquid cosh, (a sedative drug) injected to calm them down.

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This article is not intended to be used to diagnose, treat or cure any medical problem. All of the above information is for educational purposes only.

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      Victoria 2 years ago

      you idiots saying marijuana cannot make someone "trip" really need to educate yourselves, or gain some more experience. It is not common, but does occur. I've had visuals from it one time when I was 15 (I'm 35), but I've had the mental aspect of tripping several times (do some lsd, you'll understand what I mean). I have done a lot of drugs in my life, more than most people ever will and I have a lot of first hand experience with all the drugs named in this article, except pcp, which I've only done 1 time. I no longer use anything except tryptamines (including psilocybin mushrooms). This article, while meaning well, is not sound advice. Can you imagine tripping and having some idiot who assumes you are scared or having a bad time, calling the cops/paramedics to come shoot you up with some sedative before whisking you away to the hospital/psyche ward/jail? Or tripping and along comes captain save a hoe to monitor your vitals, try making you lay down and massaging you? WTF? Lesson to be learned from this? Trip alone or with friends who you trust and are comfortable with who can calm you down at home if need be

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      Regularuser 2 years ago

      I've taken 15g of magic truffles on amsterdam, hell of a trip, allucinating with everything, but yet i had bad trip with a cannabis milk the other day, i've taken lsd, extasis, mdma, dmt, psylocybe cubensis, amanita muscaria. So don't bring me out I'm a noob guy on this, probably i don't smoke half ounce of weed a day, wont judge either, but i've smoken tons of weed in a day and you cant compare feelings and sensations, eating cannabis food can bring you toy 4 to 6 hours trips, the thc level in your body will be much higher lots of canniboids are lost when you smoke them.

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      DennisK 4 years ago

      Thanks for the tips. Much appreciated advice.

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      Just_FactS 4 years ago

      Excuse me wow!!

      I know so many dealers and KNOW exactly that substances which I will not disclose are added/sprayed/mixed in to marijuana so THAT is why some people experience bad trips and even if the marijuana was NOT contaminated, it IS possible for some people to have a bad trip and feel very unwell and spaced out! these are the facts, the whole facts and nothing but the facts.

      I rest my case.............or do !I!!??


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      wow 4 years ago

      I seriously can't believe what I am reading. Most of you guys are trying to make it seem like marijuana or "weed" is the problem. I have been smoking marijuana now for almost 6 years. On a daily basis I smoke almost a half ounce to an ounce. I have not once ever had a bad trip or even a trip at that off of marijuana. FYI for those that don't know measurements a half ounce is 14g. From what it sounds like you guys are experimenting with everything else except marijuana. Yeah LSD, ACID, SHROOMS yeah those kind of drugs will give you a trip. However, unless your marijuana is laced with anything your not going to have a trip.

      You want a real laugh watch reefer madness.

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      thetruth 4 years ago

      ok I just wasn't to start by saying you can not trip on weed its just not possible you may be aware of the change in your psyche but its not enough to induce a trip at most if its your first time of you smoke a shit ton you might get sick but that's it

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      daytripper 4 years ago

      The worst part about all of these comments is the spelling and grammar. It's giving me a bad trip.

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      5 years ago

      I am 45 and I tripped out on weed twice on weed so don't say you don't trip out on weed. The first time was the first time I smoked it I could not talk or understand reality, I was very confused but it was funny and the second time was the sort of the same but many years later and I was paranoid and i could not talk, I was afraid very and trembling, but both were difinitly a bad trip. So just because so ppl haven't had a bad trip doesn't mean it is not possible (I have been there) and I have tried everything!!!!!

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      MagicMush 5 years ago

      this should be a thread to help people, so everyone should really try to limit their negativity. saying things like "you don't trip off weed silly boy" helps no one, even if you think your knowledge on weed is greater than anyone's. no, weed generally does not make a person "trip" unless it is laced (so rule #1--get your stuff from people you trust!), but sometimes strong weed can induce paranoia which leads to panic, and this can make a person feel helpless like they are tripping even if they are not. the most important thing with any drug really is set and setting, even when the drug is as seemingly mellow as marijuana. you should never use a drug if there are tasks that you must do that you might not be able to handle high/tripping. for example, I have experienced panic attacks from weed when i thought i was sober enough to get behind a wheel (stupid idea--inexperienced people should never drive high. i've been smoking for about 7 years and even i take caution). the responsibility of driving a car and being responsible for my and others' lives freaked me out when i was baked. A similar thing happened when I went to work. Unless you work at a really chill place where your boss and coworkers know you smoke weed and are okay with it, you should never get high and go to work. There are too many responsibilities and risks at stake. now, if i was really high and at home, listening to some chill music or watching a good movie, I would have never panicked. but having responsibilities I couldn't handle while high was what made me freak out. now, this may not be true for everyone. some people may take a few hits of bud and it may calm them down and they may actually perform better at the workplace. I am only sharing my personal experiences. So if you find yourself at times too high off a drug, just think--what's the worst that can happen? As long as its not something dangerous like cocaine or heroin, you're going to survive. there are no known weed induced deaths and very few from psychedelics (very rare cases mainly from strong disassociates like PCP; LSD is actually one of the safest drugs aside from weed). so know somewhere deep down that you'll live to tell the tale. second off, just enjoy it! as long as you don't have any responsibilities like driving or whatnot, enjoy being high! play some calming music, have a good meal (careful cooking while being too fucked up), or watch your favorite movie. things that calm you down when you're sober will do the same when high. take some deep breaths, lay down in room that soothes you, and enjoy yourself!

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      Ashley 5 years ago

      Im so disappointed in the answers here. My bf has been smoking since he was in middle school. He's a senior now. He still gets bad trips.. RARELY only if he smokes like a fuck ton.

      I on the other hand have little experience smoking but I trip out bad easily. My boyfriend realizes that yes you can get a bad trip on weed and helps calm me down by giving me massages, talking to me, and reminding me I'm okay constantly.

      Unlike the arragant assholes Hon here he knows everyone has a limit and if you exceed your limit you'll get trip out a bit. I don't mean the trip where you're hallucinating I mean when you like feel like your dying and your body goes numb and you don't feel your heart or anything anymore.

      BEST ADVICE: Constantly remind yourself that your okay and drink and eat something. Milk works for weed when your having a bad trip. Atleast for me. A big glass of milk does the trick. (:

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      pamela 5 years ago

      Hey my boyfriend and me took so bad 2cb and acid on top of that 4 years ago; my bf went on one thinking id set him up on candid camera n undercover people we following us . and i was doing it to him. he also thought of really crazy stuff n was telling me i was behind it with other friends that weren't even at festival with us. i took him bk to the car to chill out wnen it was happening away from it all. the next day i drove us home n just looked after him for 3 days. Even now he is still 100% sure all this happened . i have tried every which way it hasn't also sometimes he comes out with accusations out the blue. he hasn't touched nething since.

      Any ideas on how to make him see it was all a bad trip n wasn't real? He used to be so cool and laid back and now he is a paranoid mess x

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      TMK 5 years ago

      If you morons think that THC can have any type of negative physical effect, watch the movie/documentary "The Union." Don't worry, you only need about a fourth grade education to follow along.

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      chuy 5 years ago

      i also quit weed after having lsd + shrooms flashbacks but weed is harmless unless you are unexpirienced and i smoked pot since i was 15 im 21 im sober like a soldier!!

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      jesus 5 years ago

      i ate shrooms and took a hit of acid had the most intense trip of my life ever seen everything from unicorns to robots to my friends face deforming the only thing that helped me was having someone sober there helped out alot...

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      tripper 5 years ago

      listin ive had a bad trip a real one, took acid then smoked 5 bowls little too much lol but i was freaking out and shit worst trip ever. truth is drugs there just not as fun as people make them out to be i smoke weed everyday and have since 8th grade recently quit cause of lsd flashbacks brought on by the bad trip. but bad trip on weed? not common bro but you could just had sever anxitey and shit like that and if you get indica and you have anxitey you could freak out a little. don't put your name as badtripper when the worst you have done is weeed man herb is a plant natural and beautiful a real bad trip is when your on a stronger drug shroom lsd dtm e shit like that can seriously fuck you up. best thing for you is not to do ANY drug cause you cant handle them.

      love peace and drug(:

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      AnonNo.514 5 years ago

      Seriously, these comments are disheartening. I know some people who smoke weed seem to believe they understand EVERYTHING about it, but you guys might want to do a bit more research. First of all: weed CAN make nearly anyone trip, but the required doses are very high for most people. Extreme doses (like 10-20 grams of THC in a concentrated tincture) will make nearly anyone trip balls, and there are many reports of people taking such high dosages; especially in lab studies with THC. A large part of the scientific community considers cannabis a very mild hallucinogen in light of some fairly recent information and studies.

      Now, for its effects upon a bad trip from another drug I believe that one should be very cautious about smoking weed during a bad trip if they've had anxiety problems with the stuff, or you have little experience with weed.

      I personally use weed for my PTSD and related mental problems. It works as a highly effective anxiolytic on me, BUT everyone has a different body and brain chemistry. Just use common sense.

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      Ooka 5 years ago

      Hey badtripper,

      I know exactly what you're talking about, as would any experienced cannabis user. It pretty much happens to everyone who has smoked more than a few times. And yeah. It really fucking sucks. However, it happens only on occasion. It's usually the result of any negative thoughts that were already on your mind. Also weed with high THC levels and low CBD levels tend to induce an attack. But preventing attacks is similar to preventing any other bad trip. Be happy, stay chill, surround yourself with people that make you laugh. Don't focus on the negative feelings, as it will only magnify it. Distractions are key. It happens, but thankfully it only lasts about an hour. Just remind yourself that you're safe and it will end soon if you can't snap yourself out of it.

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      Forealman 6 years ago

      I'm tripping right now.

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      mcgrouby pacovich 6 years ago

      yep i as well had a trip on weed. shut up Badtripper your stupid you cant trip on weed it was laced. and plus you cant sleep when tripping so shut up yu little kid weed is amazing and you've never tried it if you say it made you trip

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      Gurny mcgurn 6 years ago

      You don't trip off weed you silly boy. Grow up.

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      Badtripper 6 years ago

      I had a bad trip on weed, i bought some weed after school one day this was my 4th time smoking i had 5 tobacco bong hits then 3 very very very small weed bong hits. After all the hits i said this weed is terrible ! , but then like a BANG! the trip hit me in the face, i walked over to my bed to try and calm down i woke up 3 minutes later but it felt like hours every time i blinked it felt unnatural, i then got up and stumbled down stairs i said to myself i need orange slices to calm my buzz, i sloppily cut open an orange and took a huge bite my heart was beating so fast and i could spell words out on the wall, i went in to the lounge to watch tv to try and calm myself down i was wAtching opera she was talking very slowly and i zoned out like a million times i felt horrible and scared, and then this song started to play in my head "NE - NE - NEVER AGAIN, NE-VER AGAIN WILL THIS HAPPEN TO ME!" and the room was warping i was so scared and when my mother got home i told her what i'd smoked and she rang a doctor and she told me to lay down on a couch and i calmed down very quickly and i started to enjoy my high, then she said your grounded for a month... Ruined my buzz and then i got huge munchies...

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      duff1 7 years ago

      i took lsd for the first time the other week i took 2 hits and after about an hour things on my computer screen started to flicker i was enjoying the sensation and hoping for more after about 2 hours i realised i am tripping balls somepoints of my trip were hillarious and just silly i did panic near the end of my trip i didn't think it was gonna end i have a rep with being paranoid on drugs but i do know im not gonna die so just keep saying to yourself im not gonna die and even if you don't believe it don't worry you will wake up . LSD is fantastic i advise watching a walt disney classic such as bed knobs and broomsticks

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      Jordan 8 years ago

      i had a horrible trip on a mix of lsd and mushrooms u just gotta fight through it you may feel very terrified but i just kept telling myself its the drugs it didn't help but at leat i knew it was gonna go away and wasn't going to die so i waited it out and it took like 2 days to fully recover but as long as your on safe psychadelics you can usually deal with it all a bad trip is that you don't understand yourself so these psychadelics bring your personality out and you take a tour around your brain and your brain is very powerful and some arnt ready to take that trip

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      SMH 9 years ago from London

      A mix of mostly sensible advice and some very bad advice. Treating a bad trip with sedatives is very common in emergency departments but it is a terrible idea. While it is safe enough from a physical standpoint where LSD or other indole psychedelics are concerned, it is commonly reported to increase the likelihood of long-term ill-effects. But it can result in deathn when it is done with a person who is bad tripping on PCP or a number of other dissociative drugs and these are the drugs that are most likely to be involved in bad trips that produce beligerent or aggressive behavior.