1. Know your sources. Many fake and adulterated versions of
psychedelics are sold on the streets.
2. Do not attempt to pick wild psilocybin mushrooms without
knowing what you are doing.
3. Cultivated psilocybin mushrooms vary greatly in potency.
Get advice about dose before eating any.
4. Do not take psychedelics unless you are in good physical and
5. If you are trying one of the hallucinogenic drugs for the first
time, take it with an experienced companion.
6. Take psychedelics only in comfortable settings on occasions
when you have no responsibilities for at least the next twelve
7. Remember that you may feel tired or drained of energy the
8. Do not take psychedelics on a full stomach; you are less likely
to feel nausea or other discomfort if your stomach is relatively
9. Do not combine psychedelics with other drugs. However,
the interesting effects of psychedelics sometimes wear off while
their stimulation continues. If you feel agitated, restless, and
unable to sleep at the end of an experience with one of these
drugs, it may be appropriate to take a hypnotic dose of a
sleeping pill or a minor tranquilizer.
10. Remember that hallucinogenic drugs can affect perception
and thinking. Do not drive, operate machinery, or engage in
hazardous activities while under their influence.
11. Take psychedelics by mouth. They are more likely to cause
bad reactions by other routes of administration.
12. The best experiences with these drugs result from saving
them for special occasions and the right circumstances. Taking
psychedelics just because they are available is less likely to
produce valuable results. Taking them to get yourself out of bad
moods may intensify these moods. Taking them frequently and
carelessly reduces their potential to show you interesting aspects
of yourself and the world around you.
From chapter eight of From
Chocolate to Morphine: Everything You Need to Know About Mind-Altering Drugs,
by Andrew Weil, M.D. and Winifred Rosen, Houghton Mifflin