A psychedelic journey is the altered state of consciousness experienced when one consumes a psychedelic substance such as psilocybin, ayahuasca, LSD, or DMT. Depending on the substance used, a variety of different experiences can occur, ranging from heightened senses, states of euphoria or peacefulness, vivid mental imagery, and even mystical or spiritual encounters. A person can also experience a "bad trip," which can include feelings of anxiety, paranoia, agitation, confusion, or even psychotic episodes. While some believe that difficult trips can be doorways to important growth opportunities, it is highly recommended that anyone seeking a psychedelic experience is aware of the risks and does so with a “trip sitter,” someone who can keep an eye on the person and ensure they remain safe while journeying.
Dennis McKenna is the American ethnopharmacologist, author, and psychedelic expert. Across the past 4 decades he has been a pioneer in psychedelic discovery and the use of plant medicines, including psilocybin, DMT, and Ayahuasca, alongside his late brother Terence McKenna.
Psychedelic Science Summit: Austin, Texas (November 1-3, 2019) Speaker: Natalie Lyla Ginsberg, M.S.W. A collaboration between MAPS and the Centre for Psychedelic Research at Imperial College London, Antwan Saca, Leor Roseman, Ph.D., and Natalie Ginsberg, M.S.W.