To avoid a bad trip, be prepared before trying LSD

Although LSD, or acid, is not the choice drug for UT students — that title goes to marijuana and alcohol — hallucinogens are the top alternative drug, ...

To avoid a bad trip, be prepared before trying LSD

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To avoid a bad trip, be prepared before trying LSD

In these settings there are many nonusers who may be persuaded to take LSD after hearing about their friends’ profound experiences. LSD is not a casual drug and it should not be passed around as if it is. Curious students need to examine their mental state and take preparatory measures prior to trying LSD

“LSD is a really personal drug, and everyone reacts differently,” said Mark Smith, an American Studies associate professor specializing in the cultural history of drugs. Technically speaking, LSD belongs to the hallucinogen family, a class of drugs known for warping one’s perception and emotions. In particular, LSD can exacerbate negative thoughts in users who have depression, anxiety or who have experienced trauma

Because LSD intensifies our emotions and dredges up ideas central to our being, all students are playing Russian roulette with their mental stability when they take LSD. Although tripping can be an intense, somewhat scary experience, Smith says that its effects are largely temporary. To avoid being overwhelmed, Nick recommends that if a student is going to take LSD they should always do so with a group of close, supportive friends in a familiar setting - not at a party on a whim

Whether or not you’ve tried LSD before, you have heard about bad trips. For students looking to take LSD while avoiding these nightmarish experiences, self-examination is your best bet. If you still believe that you’re ready to try LSD after critically analyzing your memories and self-image, be cautious and hang around your best friends in your favorite space.