How to Take LSD

Excerpt from TripSafe’s β€œHow to take LSD (Acid): A TripSafe Guide πŸ‘½β€

Please read the full guide here. While we quibble over details here and there, and we recognize this as a conservative document, we believe that the TripSafe guide outlines an excellent way to maximize the chances of a safe and enjoyable experience. Below is only a teaser of the information contained in the full article, so please visit TripSafe and read the entire contents carefully!

Also read Preparing for a First LSD Trip for nuts and bolts of how to get ready for your experience.

πŸ™‹ Safe use is important to avoid adverse reactions

These safe use guidelines are based off research into the clinical and research use of psychedelics.

β€œPersisting adverse reactions are rare when research is conducted along these guidelines. Incautious research may jeopardize participant safety and future research.”

β˜‘οΈ Safer and more enjoyable usage checklist

  • πŸ‘¨β€βš•οΈ 1. I have no LSD-dangerous health conditions

  • πŸ’‰ 2. I'm not taking medicines that may interact with LSD

  • βš– 3. I will start with 30-70 micrograms if I want to maximize positive long-term benefits

  • πŸ’― 4. I have purchased an Ehrlich's reagent test kit, or I at least have reviews of my LSD's purity

  • πŸ˜‡ 5. I have a trusted, experienced, sober guide who is willing to prepare fully and be with me for 16 hours

  • 🏠 6. I'll take it in a safe, pleasant, and familiar environment

  • πŸ˜„ 7. I'm going to wait until I'm in a good mindset and have been for a few weeks

  • πŸ“ 8. I've read the "prepare yourself" section

  • πŸ•Ά 9. I have an eye shade and headphones

  • πŸ™ 10. I deeply understand why psychedelics should be treated with respect

  • πŸ—“ 11. I won't trip again until I feel I'm fully re-adjusted to regular life after my previous trip

Many LSD users are instead seeking to optimize fun instead of lasting positive benefits and safety, in which case some of these guidelines may not apply. For example, if optimizing more for fun and less for safety, a user may prefer not to use a blindfold and headphones, and may choose to drop acid at a festival or in nature instead of in a safe home environment.

We believe the most important tips that should be followed by everyone regardless of their purpose for taking LSD are:

  1. Avoid with certain health conditions

  2. Avoid drugs that interact with LSD

  3. Have a trusted, sober guide who is experienced in supporting psychedelic sessions

  4. Respect psychedelics

  5. Test your LSD

🚫 Risks to avoid

Serious risks:

  1. Death or injury due to ingesting fake LSD (i.e. not pure LSD).

  2. Doing something unsafe while on the drug. Users may not have their regular common sense about them, and may cause minor or serious harm to themselves or others.

  3. Psychotic episodes if you have a predisposition to mental illness

These risks can be reduced to near zero with proper precautions.

It’s also preferable and possible to reduce the risk of having a bad trip.

What correlates with having a bad trip?

  • Higher doses

  • Being in a bad emotional state before taking psychedelics

  • Being in an uncomfortable setting

  • Not having social support during the session

  • Not having a sitter during the session