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How To Never Have A Bad Trip On Acid

Updated on January 3, 2016

LSD, or LSD-25, is one of the most potent drugs in the world. Just 25 micrograms can produce effects in a person, a weight that is less than two grains of sand. LSD or acid is actually a very safe chemical used in the right environment of course, with there being exactly 0 deaths from the drug. Yes, no one has ever overdosed on acid, though it's not impossible to hurt yourself while under the influence.

LSD works by making areas of your brain communicate with each other, that don't normally do. This causes your brain to receive extra information and your senses will try to process that info, typically in the form of visual changes like brighter colors, tracers, and fractals and other shapes in your vision.

Below you can see 70 doses of lsd in a vial. This will give you an idea of just how small of a dose is needed to produce effects.


70 hits of crystal LSD
70 hits of crystal LSD | Source

How do bad trips happen?

Bad trips are entirely mental. How frequently bad trips actually happen is pretty largely exaggerated, the fear and anxiety you are feeling is entirely being produced in your mind, which means you are able to control it. A lot of bad trips start with some larger issue in your life that has puts lots of anxiety and stress and fear in your body, like breaking up with your girlfriend, the loss of a loved one, or getting fired from your job while your wife is 8 months pregnant or maybe some type of abuse when you were younger. Of course anything that happens during your trip that would normally ruin your day will seem a lot worse on acid.

All of these issues will surface will surface while you are tripping, and you will face them head on instead of masking the problem. Seeing these issues as they really are in your life without that filter can be very terrifying and can start you decent into negative thoughts, fear, and just a bad trip in general.

Even though these bad trips can be absolute hell while you are living them, you will notice after your trip is over that you feel way better about whatever it was that was putting such a burden on your life. It will feel like a weight has finally been lifted off your shoulders.

How to stop a bad trip when it happens

So what should you do when you first start noticing your having a bad trip?

The first thing you should do is try changing the environment around you. Just simply taking a walk outside or even just walking into a different room can have a tremendous change on your mood, often getting you out of any negative thought loops you can be having. If you don't feel like getting up and walking around, you can just change the music you were listening to. This is also another huge way to change your mood and any way you may be feeling.

Also simply remind yourself that it will all be over in a few hours. People sometimes seem to forget this, and may think they are going to stay that way for the rest of their lives, but simply tell yourself that it is just a chemical you took and it will all be over soon. People sometimes forgot they even took any drug at all when they are tripping, if they took a high enough dose.

Set and setting are some of the most important things to take into consideration when you are tripping. If you go into a trip really stressed out and in an unsafe environment, then I can almost guarantee you are going to have a bad time.

You should go into your trips with a really solid mind set and just feeling positive. Your mentality when going into a trip is so hugely important. You should also be somewhere really comfortable when you are planning a trip like your house, or a nice trail out in nature, just make sure you are familiar with it so you don't get lost, and also make sure to have some fun games or ideas planned out ahead of time like coloring or going for a swim.

This is what grass would look like while tripping
This is what grass would look like while tripping

Using LSD therapeutically

Many people take LSD to better understand themselves or to help them figure out a problem in their life, and this can be very beneficial.

LSD works by making connections in your brain that normally would not communicate with each other. This produces a range of effects like hearing music, seeing visuals and thinking about things in a different way. The last reason being why many people take acid, to help them better understand a situation or to help guide them in life. Many people will write down certain things to think about once their trip starts, for example maybe a type of abuse that happened in the persons life when they were younger, that they are now trying to overcome.

These connections in your brain lead many people to thinking they have finally "figured it out" and can lead people to make shocking observations in the world around them they have not noticed before. A group of scientist underwent a study where they gave LSD to a group of mathematicians who were all stuck on a problem they had been working on for a few months. After the test was over, many of them had figured out, or made much progress in their studies that they were otherwise stuck on.

Without a doubt LSD is an amazing molecule that has great potential in life when its used responsibly that can help people overcome great challenges in their life. On that note, stay safe and happy tripping friends.


-Brandon The One

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    • kalinin1158 profile image

      Lana ZK 3 years ago from California

      Great hub! I've had a a few bad trips in my earlier days, and I never really thought about them as being therapeutic. If they were, I'm glad. I've had one at a motel in San Francisco - definitely broke the safe environment rule there, but it didn't seem to be about anything specifically, just paranoia...