Mushrooms are much more pleasant as far as psychedelics go. I might do them again after a 35 year absence in my life, but I doubt it.
#6 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-05-23 02:52 PM | Reply | Flag:
I'll grant you this - my experience with mushrooms was the coolest buzz I ever experienced, and I wouldn't hesitate to do them again. But acid, while it's true they do pose a big time commitment, was a fantastic journey. Fry your brain? Only if your brain has a serious issue already. A person with a relatively healthy sense of self-worth and and an open mind should be fine. I tripped balls a dozen times, and I always knew that the dazzling baubles of weirdness on the edges of my consciousness were simply being heightened by this new chemically enhanced pathway, and that it would all wear off in 12 hours. I never felt out of control in the least.
And I have to say this: It's much more than a buzz. There was a time when I thought, I want to get high; what have you got? But that was a brief time, which passed, thank goodness. And what I discovered with LSD was that, simply being high, or drunk, or whatever, was a brain-dulling waste of time. LSD was different. In the right setting, a nice dose of acid or psilocybin truly could free my mind from the confines of its physical container, and let me sort of rise above my limitations and see a logical structure to life, accept my place in the world, and give me a kind of peace. But not in a passive way that those who've never tried it might think. Beyond the sensory pleasure, I felt a sense of meaning. I felt more committed to a social responsibility afterward, and that stuck with me for many years.
This is why some psychiatric professionals are angling to dispense psychedelics to people facing the end of life. As long as you have someone with you that first nervous hour, anyone who's not suffering from psychosis should be able to not only cope just fine, they might actually grow from it.
Oh, and great story, DonnerBoy!