Whether it was a good trip or a bad trip, we want to know.
Hallucinogen is a broad term used to describe two categories of drugs: classic hallucinogens and dissociative drugs.
These categories include the drugs LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide, or acid), psilocybin (magic mushrooms or shrooms), peyote (mescaline), DMT, ayahuasca, ketamine (special K), DXM, and salvia.
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They're all TRIPPY AF.
Like, no joke, they're pretty serious drugs — capable of altering the user's perceptions of time and space, affecting their thoughts and emotions, and sometimes even making them feel disconnected from their own body.
Their effects are usually unpredictable, depending very much on the type of drug, the amount, and the individual and their state of mind. Some are more dangerous and unpredictable, others less so. Some of them have been used for centuries by indigenous people from North and South America for religious, spiritual, or cultural purposes. Scientists are also studying some as potential treatments — tiny doses of LSD for depression, for example. And you might even get one — ketamine — as anesthesia before surgery.
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If you've taken one before, we want to hear about what your experience was like.
AND FOR THE RECORD: We aren't asking for your anecdotes to encourage drug use or to glorify it — we just think that educating people about the effects of these drugs is important. 🚨 Ultimately, recreational use of hallucinogens is illegal and always potentially dangerous. 🚨
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Maybe you dropped some acid or took shrooms thinking the experience would help you see some deep-seated issues in a new way.
Maybe it made you see those issues in a different light, or you had really vivid hallucinations that you want to talk about.
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Or maybe you took ketamine and found yourself in a world unknown.
And even though you somehow found your way out of the K-hole, it was a scary enough experience that you'd never do it again.
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Maybe a hallucinogen made you feel like you had checked out from reality for ages.
Only to come back five minutes later STUNNED.
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Or maybe you tried a drug and felt powerful and all-knowing one second, then terribly anxious and worried the next.
And that whiplash was enough to scare the daylights out of you.
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Let us know which drug you took and how much, and how it affected you. The more detail the better. We'd love to know what you felt, saw, and heard, what thoughts and emotions ran through your mind, and the aftermath — if anything happened at all.
You can use the dropbox or the form below to tell us — although you should use the form if you wish to remain anonymous (you can also view it here, if that's easier).