If you've ever had the opportunity to experience Psilocybin-containing mushrooms (AKA shrooms), you probably considered the consequences of possibly having a bad trip before you took them.
I personally have never done shrooms. I've heard they're fun, but risky. The idea of altering my reality while on shrooms doesn't sit well with me.
But according to new research, there's a silver lining to experiencing a bad trip.
Based on a survey of 1,993 adults, 34 percent of participants reported that their bad trip was one of the most meaningful experiences of their lives. Thirty-one percent said it was one of their most spiritually meaningful experiences.
Researchers at John Hopkins University asked the participants specifically about their bad experiences with shrooms. More than nine out of 10 of the participants involved had ingested psilocybin more than twice.
A bad trip isn't something you can forget easily. Sixty-two percent of the participants said their bad trip was one of their top 10 most psychologically difficult situations ever.
But why would people come away from a bad trip with positive feelings?
A whopping 76 percent reported that they came away from their bad experiences on shrooms with a better sense of personal well-being and overall satisfaction. Surprisingly, 46 percent said they'd do the bad trip all over again if they could.
Am I missing out on something by choosing not to do shrooms?
Well, not all the results from the survey are this positive.
Eleven percent of participants reported that their bad trips put either themselves or other people at the risk of physical harm, and 3 percent said they sought medical help after the trip. So, yeah: The risks are very much still there.
If you've been thinking about trying shrooms, keep in mind that people came away feeling positive about having bad trips when they were in environments with social support.
Also, people who had shorter bad trips had better experiences as compared to those who had prolonged ones.
Honestly, you can't really control some of these factors.
As for me? I'm going to stick to alcohol as my drug of choice.