Any drug has the potential to be abused and to cause death. Between the media and the government, psychedelics are perceived as the most notorious family of classified substance I drugs. Which means they are the most dangerous because they have a high potential for abuse, addiction, and have no recognized medical use. Unfortunately this has come to past partially based on publicized events, injuries, and deaths involving psychedelics.
To have a "bad trip" means to go through an unpleasant and/or disturbing experience. In all fairness, anyone who has responsibly experimented with psychedelics will tell you that a good or bad trip is ultimately up to the "tripper". As a writer and psychonaut, I’ve taking full responsibility in researching and experiencing the good and the bad.
From my research I can conclude that most cases of injuries and deaths involving psychedelics were based on behavioral toxicity, dangerous setting, and negative if not any supervision. Anything is possible, I am not one to say that a bad trip could not go completely wrong. However, I will support that a psychedelic crisis can be managed with prevention and supervision. I mean hey, friends don’t let friends drive drunk, right?!
It is not uncommon for psychedelic users to have difficult experiences. A difficult psychedelic experience is not necessarily a bad one. Difficult psychedelic experiences can be frightening, but they are also potentially among the most valuable experiences someone can have.
There are 4 basic principles of psychedelic harm reduction;
- Create a safe space
- Sitting, not guiding
- Talk through, not down
- Difficult is not the same as bad
For more information check out the psychedelic harm reduction training manual