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Colloquial name of drug: Acid, LSD, Trips
Scientific name of drug: Lysergic Acid Diethylamide
Type of experience: Positive
Location: Outside, in the spring
Who I took it with: With a friend
My afternoon in Wonderland.
Years ago before 2020, before 2016 even, back when I was 19, I took acid for the first time. I have done it multiple times since; I have also refused it countless times when it didn’t feel right. With time each trip becomes more meaningful and I need it to be intentional, for me it’s a spiritual experience.
I don’t remember how I took acid that day; I think it was maybe a tiny paper tab. It was spring, early afternoon, sunny and warm with trees, grass and flowers in full bloom.
A short while after taking the tab, the streets start to become wonky, they seem to lift and become curved like in a picture book. This seems strange but when I walk down them everything is okay; this is just how it is now. I sit down in a park and the grass feels so lovely and the earth, it speaks to me, it holds me, I feel grounded. I pick up a soft leaf, place it in the palm of my hand, I stare at it intently. The veins, they are moving – the leaf, it is breathing, pulsating with life energy. How have I never noticed this before!? I get lost in plants and trees and clouds, seeing more than I’ve ever seen before.
On my way home I walk under trees, same trees I’ve walked under countless times before. Yet this time I’m forced to stop – the leaves, the branches, they are all dancing! Swaying and flowing in the air above me, a symphony of beauty, of colours, of sounds. They are ease, they are peace.
That’s what I remember from my first acid trip. I still remember how I felt watching those tree tops dance, like I’ve managed to bottle up that feeling and to this day I can get lost observing that beauty of dancing trees. If you’ve ever seen Inside Out, my acid trip is definitely one of those important core memories that has helped shape the person I became.
I like tripping. I know it’s not for everyone and I have had friends who had some truly bad and scary experiences. Not all of my trips have been happy, and it’s not always gone as planned. Still, I like tripping and I don’t think it should be an illegal substance. I am fully behind the spiritual and therapeutic benefits that, under the right conditions, psychedelics can bring.
You do need to be disciplined, educated and aware. If it’s 3 AM and you’ve drunk so much you’ve been puking in the toilets and someone offers you some acid, just say no – this definitely isn’t the time. If your mind’s not in it but everyone else is doing it and you don’t wanna be left out, BE LEFT OUT. Don’t do it if you don’t feel up for doing it. Do it with people you trust, think about why you’re doing it, and what kind of things you want to experience. Orchestrate your trip, prepare yourself so the world you enter on the trip needs minimal decision making on your part, because time and decisions are too much to think about. Don’t ask someone who’s tripping what time it is.
I believe it’s important that we as a society openly acknowledge that drugs exist and they’re not always bad and can even be good, helpful even. As with everything, abuse of course happens and it is up to each one of us to make sure that we are responsible consumers. It is important that we educate our peers, friends, families, children on the safety and risks of drug taking. Saying, “Don’t do it, it’s bad” isn’t enough, and it’s also not true. People will keep taking drugs, and we must as a society be able to talk about it openly and honestly and allow the conversation to step into the public sphere. For me personally, drugs have been mostly a good, positive, bonding experience, and I know this is true for many others.
I also believe the world would be a better place if we rediscovered our connection with the psychedelic spiritual world.
Advice to others: Fuck peer pressure, if your mind doesn’t wanna do it, don’t do it. Be well prepared.
Enjoyment ranking: 10+/10
What I wish I’d known: Nothing, I think I was well prepared.
Would I take it again? YES!