Are people who have intensely good trips also more likely to have intensely bad ones?
That's what the Canadian Psychedelic Survey suggests
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This week we’re going to have a look at the results of the Canadian Psychedelic Survey and its interesting data on challenging psychedelic experiences. TL DR – it appears that possibly, according to this data-set at least, you’re more likely to have an intensely challenging experience if you’ve had an intensely positive experience, and vice versa. Perhaps a certain type of personality is more likely to visit heaven and hell on psychedelics. Ayahuasca was also associated with a disproportionate number of intensely positive and intensely challenging experiences, compared to other psychedelics. And there’s some useful data on the sorts of negative beliefs that give rise to bad trips / challenging experiences, and which sometimes people can get stuck in for months or years.
One of the co-authors of the study, Philippe Lucas, is himself a fascinating person who dedicated his life to cannabis and psychedelic research after he was accidentally given hepatitis C in a blood transfusion when he was 12.
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