Updated: Jan 5
☑️ Safer and More Enjoyable Mushroom Usage Checklist
👨⚕️ 1. Avoid with certain health conditions
⛑ Helps avoid serious risks.
Avoid psychedelics if:
There is a current or past history of schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders, Bipolar I or II disorder.
You should have:
Good general health, not pregnant
Healthy blood pressure
💉 2. Avoid drugs that interact with psychedelics
⛑ Helps avoid serious risks.
Not be using tricyclic antidepressants or lithium, SSRIs, haloperidol, or MAOIs
Not be using 5-HTP, St John’s Wort or any other supplements that “may affect serotonergic function”
Not be using Ritonavir/Indinavir
SSRIs are not reported to cause a dangerous interaction, though they are reported to substantially decrease the effects of shrooms.
Smoking weed while on shrooms? Some users choose to consume cannabis while on shrooms, this is a personal preference and should not be done by those that are not experienced with cannabis already.
⚖️ 3. Use a safe dosage and consider starting with ~0.8 grams of dried mushrooms
With shrooms, start first with ~0.8 grams.
You may then increase to a maximum of ~1.6 grams, then a maximum of ~3.2 grams, and then a maximum of ~4.8 grams.
Does dosage vary by weight?
It doesn’t seem like dose should vary by weight, at least not much. Though in practice we find that larger bodied people DO need a larger dose to get similar effects.
🏠 4.Trip in a safe, pleasing and familiar environment
Your environment psychedelic-prep checklist:
🤕 Any potentially dangerous objects should be removed or made safer.
🖼 No windows that could be exited “if in a delusional state”
🏡 You’re very familiar with the environment.
Clean your space the night before.
Have zero responsibilities on the day of the experience
Avoid unpleasant things or people
😄 5. Wait until you’re in a good mindset
Your trip will likely be easier and more enjoyable if you’re in a good mindstate.
📝 6. Prepare yourself
😁 Helps maximize positivity.
Buy and read The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide by Fadiman. If you aren’t convinced, listen to this podcast episode with Fadiman and author Tim Ferriss first.
Review the range of experiences that may result from consuming hallucinogens, including changes in perception, sense of time and space, and emotion.
Plan how to deal with anxiety or fear
Make a 10 hour music playlist. Some psychedelic music ideas here.
Set your intentions, but don’t have expectations
🎧 7. Optional: Wear eyeshades and headphones
Eyeshades and headphones can make it safer and may contribute to safety by reducing the distractions of environmental stimuli.
🙏 8. Respect psychedelics
Have an appreciation for how powerful the psychological effects of psychedelics can be.
🗓 9. Don’t trip again until you feel your previous trip has been fully integrated into your normal life
😁 Integration involves taking your experience and trying to get positive benefits from it in your daily life.
Make no major decisions for a few days.
There are some supplements that may help you further reduce the risk of a bad trip. See supplements for psychedelics like LSD and shrooms.
📅 Follow these tips for the day of your trip
You should give your phone to the sitter
Treat psychedelics as a two-day experience.
Get 8+ hours of sleep the night before and the night after.
Make sure you have zero responsibilities for the day and the day after ideally.
Eat some light food, perhaps some fruit, citrus helps amplify psychedelics
Eat a good and healthy meal 1-2 hrs before you trip
Lean into the discomfort. (Alternatively: “Whenever in doubt, turn off your mind, relax, float downstream.”)
What are the best activities for a Shroom trip?
For fun and entertainment
Hanging out with friends
Looking at lit candles, “family photographs, a mirror, artistic objects, flowers, and other beautiful natural or manmade objects”