It may be that you walked into those places with every intention of using a psychedelic substance to heal you or teach you something about your life or the universe. It may be that you believe these drugs are inherently sacred, no matter how they’re used.
But many people, while they may be aware of the potential that psychedelics can have for healing or self-discovery, nonetheless stumble into their first uses out of curiosity or just for the simple experience of the unique visual and physical sensations they bring. For some people, this is really all they’re ever going to be interested in using these substances for.
Before you rush to judge, there’s also the flip side: while some people do come to psychedelics use with the goal to solve a particular problem or open doors in their psyche, sometimes they continue to use them because – well, it can be fun. And as anyone who has experience with psychedelics knows, sometimes it’s when you aren’t looking that you find something truly beautiful or valuable.
The point being: isn’t it just as valid and meaningful for psychedelics to be used for diversion, entertainment, relaxation, and adventure? Do psychedelics always have to be sacred?
If you’re going to come out about your psychedelics use, I beg you – I implore you: don’t leave that side of the experience by the wayside because it’s less popular or harder to defend.
People using psychedelics outside of specifically healing contexts – especially at festivals, concerts and clubs – have a whole different set of needs than those using them medically or therapeutically. And in many ways those needs are the same as those for any drug, be it legal or illegal: they need to be aware what exactly they’re taking and how much, they need to know what the effects may be and how to reduce any possible harms and maximize the benefits. They need to be conscious of how their choices may affect those around them. And they need to regularly self-assess to see if their use has tipped over from recreational into problematic.