Dosing Your Unexpecting Friends Is Never Okay

Dosing Your Unexpecting Friends Is Never Okay

Under no circumstances, or in any time or place, is it okay to give LSD, or any other drug, to friends who are unexpecting–meaning, to friends who have not mentally prepared for such an experience. Psychedelics have powerful and profound effects on people, and of the utmost importance in experiencing hallucinogenic substances is set and setting. This means that someone needs to be in the proper mental state and in a comfortable environment before consuming psychedelics; otherwise, there is a higher likelihood that a person will have a difficult experience, or a “bad trip.” Having a difficult experience, or even just an unexpected experience, can negatively impact an individual’s outlook on psychedelics for the rest of their lives. It could also lead to unintended and long-term mental issues. This risk is especially high for people with a history of mental illness, something that should be heavily researched and well known before anyone engages in drug use.   

Even if you have had positive experiences on substances such as LSD, it is never acceptable to push a psychedelic experience on anyone, even your closest friends. If someone does decide to engage in drug use, for whatever reason, it is something they must come to do on their own. Just like it is not okay to engage in sex without consent of the other party (or parties), it is not okay to dose someone without first receiving consent; otherwise, you are violating a person’s autonomy and privacy.

Don’t be a jerk. Always receive consent before dosing friends, or anyone else.

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