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Trip Sitters

Everyone has wondered what psychedelic drugs can do to their mind.   If they were legal, thousands of people would travel just to try psychedelics in a legal and safe environment. That is what I intend on doing.  I am opening Trip Sitters.  It’s a psychedelic therapy facility that gives people an opportunity to try psychedelics such as Magic Mushrooms, LSD and DMT in a safe and controlled environment. Some people think that these drugs were discovered in the 1960’s, but nope, psychedelics have been around since the beginning of time.  Some people believe that the story about Moses and the burning bush was really just him tripping on DMT (N,N-Dimethyltryptamine) from the peganum harmala bush, a plant that is native to that location and highly rich in DMT.  Psilocybin Mushrooms are abundant in nature and can be found on every continent except for Antarctica.  These are potentially what cause the salem witch trials. Now you may be thinking “why should we legalize something that caused the Salem witch trial” and there are multiple answers.  One if they knew they were on shrooms they wouldn’t think that those girls were witches. Two, making them legal makes it a lot easier to do more research on them because they would be easier to get.  Three tripping on psychedelics such as Psilocybin Mushrooms (magic mushrooms), DMT, and LSD (Lysergic acid diethylamide) (acid) can be very therapeutic and can actually help with things such as depression.  LSD was a huge part of the 1960’s counterculture.  Everyone did it and all the hippies loved it.  It inspired so much music and art and really started to hit mainstream media.  LSD was made illegal in 1968.  Around the same time there was tons of propaganda against LSD going around.  People said that acid will make you go crazy, it can give you acid flashbacks,  that if you crack your back while tripping on acid that the LSD fluid will be absorbed into your spinal cord and you will never stop tripping. Everybody wanted you to believe that LSD and psychedelics like it were all harmful and going to ruin your life if you tried it.  But that’s very far from true, LSD and other psychedelics alike are relatively non harmful if taken in the correct way which is what we intend on doing at trip sitters.  We make sure that no one over serves themselves and that everyone is taken care of. 

I don’t believe that these drugs should be allowed to be bought in a store, I think that anyone who wants to try these drugs should be allowed to try them in one of our facilities where it is safe and you are being watched by a trip sitter with an on-site doctor. 

There are four steps in making an appointment.  You must have a background check with a psychiatrist to ensure you’re mentally healthy enough. You must provide a list of allergies to any medications, if any, to ensure that you may safely be dosed a trip kiler if needed. You must make your appointment a week in advance and really get your mind together. To help prepare yourself for your trip try meditation, listening to calming music, breathing exercises, and avoid any negativity.  If you have any small life problems such as a relationship issue please try and fix the problem before your trip as it can and likely will create unneeded stress which can induce a challenging trip.   We also encourage last minute cancellation with a small fee or free rescheduling because we find it very important that the customer has an opportunity to cancel if they are not in a good state and are emotionally ready.  

 Our number one concern is the safety of the customer.  We want our trippers to be in a good mind set and make sure they’re in a good enough place to trip.  The Psychiatrist appointment is to ensure that the user is emotionally stable and ready for the experience.  The use of these drugs is a serious thing. They are like a mini vacation that lasts for only a few hours, but those few hours can feel like days.  When you’re tripping you have no sense of time, 5 minutes can feel like 2 hours or 10 seconds. 

To ensure that everyone gets the most out of there trip, our trip sitters are also experienced trippers that know a good deal on how to calm someone out of a “challenging” trip and incase of a nightmare trip there is an on site doctor that can and will prescribe u a trip killer such as Lorazepam(Ativan) and Diazepam(Valium), both drugs are classified as benzodiazepines, typically used for anxiety relief.  Trip killers don’t actually take effect immediately, but usually taking the trip killer and knowing that your trip should be ending soon can create a placebo effect, helping the user calm down and enjoy the short remainder of the trip.  Due to benzodiazepines being highly addictive we do not allow our clients that have had previous benzodiazepine addiction or other addictive personality traits to have their trips killed by using one of these drugs.  If you find yourself in a situation where you are having a terror trip and had a previous addiction to benzodiazepines or for whatever reason cannot take one of the benzodiazepines you will be forced to have to sit through it and that your trip sitter will attempt to help guide you through the rest of your trip.   We recommend that you step outside into our garden to get a change of scenery and calm your mind or listen to some calming music. 

Bad trips are part of the experience and they are not meaningless, if anything a bad trip can be one of the most powerful trips u can have because everything that happens in a trip is happening in your mind.  So this means that any problems you are having in your trip are already in your mind without you knowing and it takes the destruction of the ego to reveal them.    Bad trips “can unlock a door and show us secretive aspects of our personality or psyche or things that we need to heal in our life” (Psychedsubstance, 1:46).  Trip killers are only taken when the user physically cannot stand their trip.

DMT induces one of the most intense high one can get, making it somewhat dangerous but non-addictive. Going into a DMT trip is a very serious thing and it is not a drug to play around with.  Before you start your trip you need to think of every single possible outcome that can come of this. DMT has the potential of convincing your mind that you have died, which gives you the most intense feeling of death and then the feeling of completely being reborn into this life.   This feeling can completely alter the way you view your life and make decisions in the future.  DMT is so powerful it can even feel like you are being possessed, or taken control of. When smoking it you want to make sure you smoke a lot of it.  If you smoke a little bit of it you will get stuck in the build-up.  If you smoke just enough you will break through but you’ll be in your head giving yourself a higher chance of having a bad trip, but if you smoke a lot of it you will be stuck on the ride. The lead-up is the scariest part because it is first starting to take control of your mind but you are still somewhat conscious, you are fighting for control.   Once you have finally given up and the drug takes control, here’s where it starts to get easier.  The best part is the breakthrough, this is when you would be being reborn after death.  People often describe this feeling to be euphoric. 

Legalization of these drugs ensures safety in that the drug you are using is what you think it is. The biggest danger in consuming psychedelic drugs off the streets is the potential of it being fake.  More specifically LSD, when buying street LSD not only do you not really know an accurate dosage but you also aren’t sure that it is actually LSD. LSD tabs are created in a very simple way, you take a sheet of blotter paper and dip it in LSD. The problem with this is that this process can be repeated with numerous other drugs that could be harmful to the human body. This is why it is important that we test every tab of LSD before it is sold.  To ensure the safety of our clients we send all of our products off to Energy Control.  Without testing it is practically impossible to tell if your psychedelics are the real thing or if they are a fake, homemade, look alike version made with a different, unsafe, chemical such as 25I-NBOMe.  25I-NBOMe(one of the most common copycat LSD) is a very dangerous drug that can be deadly with the right sized dose. It allegedly has a very bitter taste which is where the term if it’s bitter it’s a spitter comes from because LSD does not have any flavor.  Even the slightest bitter flavor means you should spit it out right away. 

We do not allow the mixing of these drugs with anything except for cannabis.  Many people swear by cannabis when they are tripping because it can help relax and soothe your body.   It can also help if you find yourself on a challenging trip,   the marijuana can actually help relax your mind and remove the negativity from your trip.   The best part about adding cannabis to your trip is that it doesn’t harm your body or mind. Many people even smoke DMT by mixing it in with marijuana because it is easier to light that way.  Mixing other drugs like MDMA with psychedelics like DMT can calm your body during the come up and make the entire time enjoyable, but MDMA is also dangerous and you can be overdosed.

The facility will have a very comfortable feel with 5 tripping rooms with a sitter for each room. Your trip sitter is there to tend you while tripping, they can bring you water or a snack, play whatever music you’d like them to, get u things to enhance your trip like kaleidoscopes and psychedelic picture books. They can also get the on site doctor if u think u may need a trip killer or are concerned that u may need to go to the hospital.  Each room is equipped with a bean bag, an incredibly comfortable couch, a TV with access to hulu, netflix and youtube, a bluetooth speaker, blankets, one time use eye masks, and plenty of things to feast your eyes on such as colorful tapestry, artwork by Alex Grey and even an outside garden area to look at flowers and enjoy the outdoors.  Smoking so both tobacco and marijuana is allowed in the garden, but the mixing of psychedelics and alcohol is prohibited everywhere.

We  can host five different trippers each day and we have three different trip options,  LSD, Mushroom, and DMT.  LSD being the most expensive because it is the longest and DMT being the cheapest. These are the only ones deemed safe enough for constant use. We recommend that our first-time trippers try the mushrooms because it is the most mild trip with a price cheaper than LSD. Mushrooms only last four to six hours while LSD can last up to 12 hours. LSD costs $620 per trip, it is $20 for the tab, $250 for the doctor, $100 to the sitter and $250 for using the facility.  Mushrooms cost $445, $60 for Mushrooms, $125 for the doctor, $60 for the tripsitter and $200 for using the facility.  DMT costs $175, $55 for the DMT itself, $50 for the doctor, $20 for the tripsitter and $50 for using the facility. Trip killers are not in the basic price because not everyone needs one, they cost an extra $75 but are covered by some insurances. Despite the cheapest option being DMT we do not allow people to try that their first time unless u have experimented with psychedelics before.  DMT is the most intense psychedelic experience one can have and is not for beginners.  You must have at least one other experience tripping before trying this drug. 

Psychedelics, when done safely, can be one of the most profound and enlightening experience one can get.   Let’s remove the stigma around psychedelic drugs.  The only place you can legally and safely explore your mind and see what it’s like is to live like the hippies of the 60’s.  Come explore and begin healing your mind with us.  Take a trip with Trip Sitters.  

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