Are you tripping and things don’t quite go according to plan? Sometimes you may find that you would prefer to end a magic mushroom trip quickly. This could be because you are having a bad trip or because you suddenly have to work, for example. But is that even possible and how could you pull it off? In this blog, we explain if and how you can abort a trip.
Stopping a magic mushroom trip
It can just happen: you’re tripping, you’re in higher spirits and you’re thoroughly enjoying yourself. Then suddenly the phone rings. You have to go to work for an emergency. Tripping is great, but not in conjunction with work. How do you manage to sober up quickly now?
Your trip may also not feel as nice as expected. Perhaps the hallucinations are very intense or you experience difficult emotions. Either way, you’ve had enough and want your trip to stop. Suppose this happens, what can you do? When you have taken magic mushrooms, it is the mind-altering substance psilocybin that causes you to hallucinate. Once in your body, you can’t just get this out. So can you stop a trip? Below we explain what happens during a trip and what you can do if you want to end a trip.
Stopping a mushroom trip: is it possible?
Now you know approximately how long a paddotrip lasts. Now what if you want to quit? If you’re already close to the 6 hour mark, it’s best to just wait until the psilocybin wears off and the trip stops on its own. Truly aborting a trip is unfortunately not possible. After all, the active ingredient, psilocybin, is in your body and doing its job. However, you can do some things to ensure that the effects wear off more quickly.
What you can do is get moving. For example, go for a walk or run. Exercise will speed up your metabolism. This allows your body to convert and excrete the drugs faster. Other agents that can speed up metabolism are certain spices, herbs and antioxidants. Examples include grape seed extract, turmeric, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, hawthorn and milk thistle.
If you’re having a bad trip right now, it’s best to look for a quiet place where you feel safe. You got into this unpleasant trip because of negative emotions such as fear, anger or sadness. A safe, comfortable place can help redirect or tone down these feelings. Ask a good friend to join you, put on nice music and eat some good food. Sometimes the trip puts you in touch with parts of yourself that you struggle with. Reassure yourself the same way you would otherwise, so you can turn those emotions into something positive.
Help from a trip sitter
Do you have a trip sitter nearby? That’s absolutely beautiful. This close friend or associate can hopefully help you get through the bad trip. It is best if the tripsitter makes sure the environment is quiet. Turn off loud music and turn off bright lights. Sit with the person having a bad trip and talk quietly to him or her. Let that person know that the trip really will pass again and try to reassure them.
If someone is stuck in negative thoughts (which can well happen because people can become totally absorbed in their thinking during a trip), it’s a good idea to focus attention on something else. Help the other person focus on positive thoughts, on a vacation or fun memories, whatever you can think of.
The trip stopper
The best thing to do before you start tripping is to make sure you have a Tripstopper on hand. These contain two different tablets. One with dextrose, which helps reduce the effects of the trip and provides a faster breakdown of psilocybin. The other tablets contain valerian, which helps you relax better, so you can quickly unwind.
So stopping a trip immediately whenever you want is unfortunately not possible. But you can fortunately do something to ensure that the trip comes to an end more quickly. It is also wise to take this into account before tripping. Remember that there is no off button. Look carefully at the circumstances before tripping. Are the set and setting in order? Are you comfortable in your own skin and comfortable in the environment where you are? And is there a trip sitter nearby? If everything is okay, you can get started and start enjoying your trip. And if you still want the trip to stop, now you know what to do.