JUN 3 2022    
Psychedelics and Camping - Using Psychedelics to Connect with Nature
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Psychedelics and Camping - Using Psychedelics to Connect with Nature

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We live in a world that is incredibly fast-paced and reliant on technology. We all need to remember to take time for ourselves and slow down from time to time to maintain balance and sanity. Personally, I find one of the best ways to get time away and slow down is to take time to connect with nature.

I try to get out camping during the spring, summer, and fall as often as possible. And in my day-to-day life, I try to make time for regular walks or even just sit in the park on my lunch break. Connecting with nature helps maintain balance in my life and is good for my overall mental health. 

One thing that helps me connect with nature and reconnect with myself is psychedelics. Magic mushrooms are a natural substance that promotes openness and connectedness, which is great to pair with time spent in nature. Psychedelics and camping are a great pair, but you can also microdose at the park, on the train, or at the beach. 

How Psychedelics Help You to Connect with Nature

Psychedelics can lead to the breakdown of the ego, which helps blur the lines between the self and the world around you. This is considered a possible cause for the ‘mystical experience’ people describe associated with psychedelics and the reported long-term benefits. 

This breakdown in the ego leads to a sense of openness and connectedness to the world. So, when you consume psychedelics while camping or in nature in general, it’s easy to feel connected to everything around you in a profound and healing way. 

How to Use Psychedelics in Nature Safely 

If you’re new to psychedelics, I would not suggest trying them for the first time when you’re outside. You want to do them in a comfortable and safe place with easy access to things you might need, such as a bathroom, water, and comfort items. 

I also always recommend starting low and going slow. Consider starting with a microdose; you get many of the same benefits without worrying about the possible negative impacts of a bad trip. 

Psychedelics and camping is a great place to start when considering using psychedelics to connect with nature because you already have a comfortable space set up and don’t have to go anywhere. But here are a few things to consider before using psychedelics while camping;

  • Who else is around you. You want to choose to be with people you trust and are comfortable with and likely don’t want to be in a public place. If you’re going to use psychedelics in a public campground, consider how private your personal space is. And you might want to have one person in your group remain sober to talk to rangers if need be. 
  • Have water close by. 
  • Have comfort items and warm, comfortable clothes. Comfort items tend to be things that make a person feel safe and soothed, like a stuffed toy or cozy blanket. 
  • Make a plan for how you’re going to get to the facilities. 

If you’re out at a park, at the beach, or on the trail, plan a safe way home. 

Final Thoughts on Psychedelics and Camping

Using psychedelics, like magic mushrooms, in nature can be a profound and healing experience. At the same time, it may bring up big emotions you weren’t prepared for. So, make sure you plan ahead for the experience as much as possible and go in with a positive mindset. 

This is my experience and should not be considered a replacement for research or medical advice. Please use responsibly.

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