Solo tripping on Psychedelics
Doing shrooms alone offers a great experience, but many don’t know the right way to navigate this path.
To start with, you need to know that there is no one true way to get a psychedelic experience. You might want to associate shrooms with a social or fun experience. People also associate it with a journey under the supervision of a guide, spiritual group, or community.
But do you need to be part of any group for this? There are risks associated with doing shrooms alone. However, psychonauts take psychedelics or shrooms alone due to the need to explore different consciousness without emotional or social input.
Should You Do Shrooms Alone?
According to Chaia Moon, doing shrooms alone requires some deep thinking. Chaia Moon is a mindset and integration consultant that helps people through psychedelic journeys. People thinking of exploring consciousness tend to ask questions like: What will I gain from a solo trip? How do I ground myself during this journey?
Moments You Shouldn’t Do Shrooms Alone
When it comes to tripping shrooms, newbies are generally advised to start low and go slow. In such a scenario, microdosing will come in handy. With microdosing, it becomes a lot easier to acclimate to the mushrooms. You’ll also become familiar with the altered state of mind it delivers. Microdosing will also help to prepare your body for even low to moderate doses.
The recommendations for people going through a rough life phase are different. Examples of these life phases include losing a loved one, becoming a parent, divorce, or marriage. Such people are advised to wait for up to 90 days before taking a psychedelic. This is primarily because your senses are at their peak at this time. Therefore, it’s best to let the body settle down and regulate anything.
Tripping during a crisis increases the risk of unwanted experiences that will only destabilize you. When in crisis, the best thing to do is to seek help from a support group or consult a psychedelic guide. That way, you’ll be able to get to a more settled mind state quickly.
For people with a history of addiction, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder, it’s best to have support for the journey. These disorders don’t prevent one from tripping alone, but it’s best to do this in a healthy state of mind.
Always check with your doctor before tripping alone, especially if you’re on any prescription medicine. That way, you can avoid potential interactions or contraindications.
Doing Shrooms Alone Experience
The experience people have with shrooms is not always the same. If you take it in the appropriate dose, the psilocybin will alter your perception of things. You’ll start to see and sense things differently. In some cases, you may experience enhanced creativity, ego death, euphoria, or spiritual or mystical experience. Shrooming in a group is another way to enjoy a different type of social experience and bonding.
Why You Should Do Shrooms Alone
Accessibility is one of the critical concerns of doing shrooms alone. When you shroom alone, you won’t need to worry about creating a schedule with a guide, group, or fellow trippers. It’s your choice to determine the right day and time to trip.
For someone with social anxiety or seeking solitude alone, solo tripping may feel very supportive and comfortable. In addition, you can decide whether you want to be unclothed or clothed when you solo trip.
People who have significant experience with shrooms will find solo tripping as cathartic and healing. This is the opinion of Chaia Moon.
Also, when you trip alone, other people’s experiences won’t influence yours. Shrooming with someone else can significantly affect the experience that you get. For example, when you shroom with someone who has a bad time, you are likely to have one.
Alternatively, when you shroom with someone that’s enjoying themselves, you’ll enjoy yourself too. However, when you shroom alone, you’re in complete control of the type of experience you get.
Drawbacks of Doing Shroom Alone
Results from a 2021 Global Drug Survey highlight that psilocybin is one of the safest psychoactive substances. However, that doesn’t change the fact that psychedelics are unpredictable. Therefore, taking shrooms in high doses may bring different challenges.
These challenges may include physical discomfort, fear, paranoia, nausea, or disorientation. Taking shrooms alone can increase your risk of these challenges. Your safety should always be a priority for you if you consider tripping alone.
With this, you’ll need a safer environment to trip alone. This can be an enclosed garden, home, or any other setting you’re familiar with.
One of the most significant drawbacks of taking shrooms alone comes from the ability to feel supported or safe. A situation may arise, and you’ll need some form of support but might not get one as you’re all alone.
What will you do if you decide to trip alone but feel you’ll need some extra support? I would recommend you have someone close by when you trip alone. It could be a close friend or a relative. You only need to ask the person to stay next door until you’re done. With that, you can have peace of mind during solo tripping.
Getting Ready to Shroom Alone
Getting ready to shroom alone is similar to getting ready to shroom in a group, but there are a few differences. Safety requirements for people who choose to shroom alone are higher than for those who shroom in groups.
You have many questions to answer if you choose to shroom alone.
– How do you guarantee your emotional safety if a challenging experience arises?
– Who will lead you home if you’re far from home?
– How can you access help in times of trouble?
These are only some of the questions to answer if you shroom alone.
Another important consideration is the dosage you consume. When tripping alone, do not opt for a heroic dose. I recommend using a low dose or a microdose if you shroom alone.
Here are other things you should consider before you shroom alone:
Consider your setting and set
Set refers to the frame of mind or a mood, while setting describes the environment where you decide to shroom. Setting and set are essential factors to consider before you start shrooming.
- Choose a day you feel you are well-rested and healthy enough.
- Talk to a trusted friend about your plans and have them close by. You may need extra support, and they can be there for you with this.
- Don’t shroom in a strange place.
- Eat a light meal a few hours before you shroom.
- Silence your phone and other electronics
The last thing to ensure is access to any emergency services in case the need arises.
Navigating the solo shroom trip
Before you shroom, take time to reflect on the type of experience you want. You may want clarity about an issue, an important decision, or any other reason. Another reason could be that you only want to experience everything that comes with shrooming.
Whichever the case may be, it’s vital that you pay attention to your feelings. Allow it to move through you and express itself in different ways. You’ll also need to listen to the wisdom and pay attention to insights until it’s a part of you.
Handling challenging trips
There are a few uncomfortable experiences you may get when shrooming. This includes physical discomfort, disorientation, paranoia, fear, and nausea. You need to be ready to handle these situations when tripping solo. Some of the tools you’ll need include positive self-talk, journaling, meditation and mindfulness techniques, yoga, and breathwork.
Always take time off
This is important to do before, during, and after any trip. The aim is to allow sufficient time to go through the psychedelic experience. It’s best to take a day off for any form of obligation. You have to devote enough time to shrooming to get the full experience. Restorative sleep is also important during this time.
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