How can I slow down a psychedelic trip?

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Me and my brother are going to attend a psytrance festival. Though I have tried lsd many times before, this will be my brothers first time.
If by any chance he starts having a bad trip, how can I slow down the psychedelic effects? Or help him have a nice trip.


To start with a quote from Dr.Timothy Leary:

Acid is not for every brain – only the healthy, happy, wholesome, handsome, hopeful, humorous, high-velocity should seek these experiences. This elitism is totally self-determined. Unless you are self-confident, self-directed, self-selected, please abstain.


If you are depressed, excessively annoyed at the world, sick, or solely interested in forgetting about your problems and having a good time, do not take psychedelic drugs. LSD-like substances, including psilocybin, are mental magnifying glasses, and if you already feel like shit you will merely spend the trip grovelling in your own insignificance and feeling even worse.

This is the first thing for your brother to figure out: Is it for me? Can I handle feeling different, going deep, encountering things I may not like. Am I able to stay relaxt and ‘loose control’? 

If the answer is yes, chances for a bad trip are significantly lower. 

In this Encyclopedia article, we speak about how to make sure you get a safe trip. 

In this Erowid article, you’ll find information on what to do if a person has a bad trip (or emotional crisis, or spiritual crisis). 

Apart from this excellent, detailed information, we have a few feet-on-the-ground advices:

  • Know your dosage. 
  • Have a Sitter near, a buddy or a friend who didn’t take the drug. 
  • Make sure you go to a place where you feel comfortable.  
  • Keep some sugary drinks or snacks near. Sugar does not diminish the effect of the drug, but it will increase dopamine levels and therefore make you temporarily feel good, which is often enough to take of the edge of the bad trip and get into a more positive mood. 
  • Rest assured that your bad trip WILL END. This seems unlikely when you’re having a bad trip, as things seem to get worse. But the real deal is: the drug’s effects last only a couple of hours, so assuring your friend that this will pass will help him get into a better mood.  
  • Positive thoughts are very important. This helps you regain control over your mind, and your trip.