How to prepare for a psychedelic journey? That is, everything you need to know about set & setting.

If you have decided to become a psychonaut and embark on the path of psychedelic experiences – you need to educate yourself well for this journey. This is not easy if you want to fully exploit the potential of psilocybin mushrooms. Preparations for the trip are referred to as set & setting. Set is short for mindset, which translates to “way of thinking,” and setting is the whole setting of the place where we choose to go.

Before you go, however, we remind you that the use of psilocybin mushrooms is illegal in Poland. However, we know that some people choose to go on a psychedelic trip despite the ban. We do not endorse this, this article is intended to educate and reduce the harms associated with taking psychoactive substances.

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Everything you need to know about set & setting.

Taking care of the set & setting is an important consideration when it comes to ensuring your safety and comfort as you venture into the unknown. Natural fear often accompanies before experience. It’s good if he appears, because it shows the kind of respect we have for psychedelics. Treating psychedelic substances with recklessness and imprudence can lead to dangerous situations. Read more about safety here: safe_psylocybin.


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Establishing a plan in advance, will result in fewer surprises and minimize the likelihood of unpleasant effects that may or may not occur. There is also good news-if you apply yourself to these preparations, you can experience, something you will remember for a long time, as a journey into yourself, an extraordinary connection with the universe and nature. You will experience a feeling of love that will flow down on you, like a waterfall, and maybe even heal your soul from your traumas.

Set – mental attitude.

Set is the preparation of your head, it is the mindset with which you will enter the psychedelic journey. Psychedelics exaggerate our emotional state. If we have recently been experiencing anxiety, anxiety, serious stress, our mood is not the best-it is not worth deciding on a trip. We are likely to aggravate our condition. The first time you take it, you should have a positive attitude, calm down and not have too many expectations, because you may be disappointed. Go to the woods, meditate, sit indoors, listen to music or walk the dog. Being surrounded by nature will have a soothing effect on our condition. Just stay with yourself, maybe think about the intention, about what is important to you now. Sometimes our plan for a mushroom trip can come to fruition and we will touch on the subject during the trip. It also happens that our intention is completely ignored. Psychedelics pull out what bothers us most, what we want to hide even from ourselves. Psychedelics are unpredictable, #psychedelicitonien Drugs, but they are not toys! Psylocybin can affect everyone differently, no two trips are the same.

When participating in psychedelic therapy, conducted by an experienced psychotherapist in a small number of research centers-particularly noteworthy is John Hopkins University-such“cleansing” of the mind need not take place. The purpose of therapy is precisely to face the problem or trauma we have to work through. Entering an uncomfortable emotional state can be a path to healing.

Setting – place and circumstances.

Setting is to prepare the space in which you intend to travel. Comfort and safety is an integral part of the ceremony. For the first trip, it’s best to set up in your home, where it’s quiet, peaceful, and you know the sounds of it. However, if it’s going to be another place you haven’t been before, go to it beforehand to explore and get used to it. Traveling in nature is amazing, but let’s save it for later.

On a first date with mushrooms, it’s a good idea to have a cozy place to relax faster. A couch, an armchair, a blanket to cover ourselves, as we may be very cold. Wear sweatpants, a comfortable T-shirt and slippers-this space likes comfort. A lamp with a warm light color, or a light garland or Christmas tree lights will add charm and probably be an additional visual attraction. Mute your phone, warn your friends not to visit. It is better to limit unexpected guests to fully indulge in the trip.

When to go on a trip? Night or day?

When we educate ourselves well. Period. My preparations took a year, books, videos, articles, Youtube and Spotify channels. I had already heard about acid in my teenage years, but at the time it caused me to be terrified and had little to do with the truth. One thing I know for sure, someone has been meticulous in steering people away from psychedelics. The resulting horror myths have unfortunately settled comfortably in the minds of our grandparents and parents. Fortunately, these stereotypes are now turning to dust and are back on the rainbow bridge!

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Once we’re educated and ready for an out-of-this-world experience, we’re going to be SO SURPRISED 🙂

Assuming that the day is coming and we are 100% sure that we want to embark on the psychedelic path, I recommend providing 3 days off to properly integrate the experience. The first for preparation, tuning our emotions and calming down. If you don’t have all day, at least make it an afternoon and evening. Don’t party, don’t drink alcohol, don’t take drugs.

The second day- consumption of mushrooms such as Golden Teacher during the ceremony. Let’s devote the third day to integrating our experiences. Don’t plan anything, unless it’s staying in the woods. Indeed, returning to daily activities may be more difficult. We won’t feel ill at ease, as with a hangover, but we will be a bit knocked out of orbit. I very often spend the whole day thinking. Such reflections accompany me later for a long time, for many weeks or even months.

Night or day? It depends on what we expect? Whether the first trip is to be geared towards exploring psychedelic sensations, or whether we immediately want to enter our state of consciousness much deeper, inside ourselves. During the day, we will be more sensitive to our surroundings and what we see. An expanded range of colors and a sharpened sense of sight will have something to focus on. The night is so much more interesting because it gives our eyes a rest, triggering a completely different experience. With eyelids closed, visions of our mind appear, which are certainly attractive. However, after ingesting psychedelics, even a flower on the windowsill can arouse hitherto unimaginable interest in us.

Who to travel with? That is, find a tripsitter.

Another puzzle of our puzzle titled. “setting”. A tripsitter or just sitter is a person who sits with us during a psychedelic experience. It takes care of our safety and will support us if necessary. It must be a person you know well, with whom you will not be ashamed of even shedding tears, with whom you feel comfortable. At the same time, it should be someone who has had the experience of taking psychedelics. Fear, anxiety, or other physical discomfort, or even nausea, may accompany us during the trip. A good tripsitter will be able to control the situation, direct us to calm down and return from the trip satisfied. A tripsitter who has never tried psychedelics can do more trouble than good. Sam can get scared and scare us even more. However, if you are taking a chance and want a person with no experience, it is worthwhile for them to be properly educated. We recommend her Psychedelic Traveler’s Guide, in which she will find a lot of tips on how to take care of a cosmonaut.

Extras: music.

We’ve already written a bit on the subject here, you can peruse our playlist, or check out what patients at Imperial Collage in London are listening to while researching the therapeutic properties of psychedelics. Music can work wonders and bring us to heights of elation. We can see it, taste it and feel it.

What not to do on a trip?

The most important point is don’t take psychedelics under pressure from friends-you have to be ABSOLUTELY sure that you want to. Don’t urge others to do the same. Don’t take psychedelics in noise, in the city center, among crowds. Do not expose yourself to unforeseen situations. It’s best to do it one-on-one with a tripsitter. Do not drink alcohol or take intoxicants during the ceremony. Psilocybin mushrooms are last on the list of psychoactive substance harm ratings, but when combined with drugs they can do a lot of harm. Do not overeat before the ceremony, an easy-to-digest diet is recommended, and a few hours before consuming mushrooms, do not eat at all, just drink water.

Set & setting- summary.

Did I scare you? That’s fine, but believe me it’s better to be afraid and pleasantly surprised than the other way around. If someone wants to take psychedelics recreationally, expects only a departure, wants to relax, they are unlikely to get it. He is likely to receive a signal from his subconscious that he wouldn’t want, which may frighten him greatly. However, if you are a conscious future traveler and take care of all spheres of the set & setting-you will touch mystical experiences, and psilocybin mushrooms will stay with you for a long time, maybe it will be a single episode, maybe a long-term process, but nothing will be the same again.

The text is based on the subjective opinion of the author, in no way encourages the use of psychoactive drugs.

The content on is educational, research, and is an expression of many opinions, to which one should reserve. We do not encourage or even discourage the use of any means of influencing consciousness, all of which can both cure and do great harm. In particular, we advise against growing mushrooms from growkits in countries where it is illegal – min. in Poland – because it involves criminal liability. We recommend that growkits purchased from us be disposed of 72 hours after receipt.

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