How many times can a person take LSD in a year? l have read on Google that after taking LSD one can have flashbacks that might continue for a year. What are your thoughts about that? ls it dangerous or safe?
To begin with the question of how often one can take LSD. It depends. Many people who take psychedelics find that they need time to integrate the experience in their lives, and therefore only take them every three or six months or once a year. It is very important to integrate all experiences in life, so we don’t rush off thrill seeking. It might be great fun thrill seeking on psychedelics, but I find that people who do not properly integrate their experiences end up having really bad trips – as if the substance becomes angry with them.
When I began taking LSD it was self medication against alcoholism and depression. While the alcoholism was quickly resolved, the depression took a little more time. The LSD yanked me out of my negative thought spirals and let me nourish my happy thoughts, but after a while the negative thought patterns would re-emerge and I would take another trip to get out of them again. For each trip I took the time it took me to relapse became longer and the relapses became less severe, until they just ceased. Using LSD in such a manner, as a medicine, might mean that you want to do it on a much more regular basis, such as once every two weeks for a while.
Most users, I think, are very enthusiastic in the beginning and want to use it often, but eventually get to a point where they feel content. LSD is much about self exploration and I find that I need to change methods, substances, ways of doing things and focus every once in a while to continue on that path.
When I was still very new to LSD I got a ride with a man who had used LSD earlier on in life, but had quit. At the time I thought that was quite remarkable. Why would anybody ever quit something that is so fantastic as LSD? So he told me:
– I love LSD. It has helped me so incredibly much in my life and I cannot be thankful enough for having used it. But one day I was just done. I didn’t have any bad trips or anything else that scared me. It was just the feeling of needing to move on. LSD was a fantastic teacher, but when I had learnt all I needed to learn from it I needed to continue without it.
Now that I have gone through the same process I understand exactly what he was saying. You might have loved your kindergarten teacher or had the most amazing high school football coach – but when you are done you need to keep moving, or you will be stuck in kindergarten or high school for the rest of your life.
So what can I say to sum this up? Take LSD safely and as much and for as long as you feel you need it and it is rewarding. Learn from your experiences and integrate the insights into your daily life. If you do so you will probably one day have the same feeling as I described, where you have learnt what you set out to learn with LSD. Then you need to let it go and continue your journey.
Ok. So what about the flashbacks?
For a while I didn’t really believe in flashbacks at all. I’m still quite skeptical, but I have now had at least one friend who has had them. A flashback is when psychedelic effects linger or show up long after the substance should be long gone from the body. My friend suffered such lingering hallucinations as light trails and halos from lights for a year. After having quit psychedelics it eventually faded out.
I believe that the danger of flashbacks is greatly overrated. Very few users have them, they are often quite mild and wear off within reasonable time. Psychedelics have so few really worrisome side effects that the ones that do seem to exist (there still isn’t a scientific consensus that flashbacks are directly linked to LSD) are blown out of proportion.
I do however specifically want to mention one effect that can be misunderstood as flashbacks, but shouldn’t be confused as such.
When we work with psychedelics we sometimes open new ways of perceiving things. It is common on psychedelics that we become more receptive and open up our eyes to things that have been hidden to us before, such as auras, energies, angels, spirits or such. Or even just the ability to be better at seeing people for who they are and recognizing their emotional states.
Once one has opened the ability to see such things it might be that it is hard to turn it off. Let’s say that you have opened up the ability to see auras. If you don’t know what to make of it and meet others that say that such things don’t exist, you might think that you are sick, when you have actually been given a great spiritual gift. I suspect that some of the cases of “flashbacks” might actually be that people don’t understand the gifts they have unlocked.
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