Just an intresting question I've though about, niether of them are dangerous but can have some fearful experiences, but also very intresting experiences also, so would you?
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To anyone considering either, I highly recommend treating them with RESPECT.
I've probably tripped about a dozen times +/- and Leary was right... your experience has a LOT to do with SET & SETTING.
What is your intention, going in? Are you just doing it to try it? Partying and want to get fucked up? Seeking knowledge or understanding of yourself?
I'm a believer that these substances should primarily be used in a spiritual or introspective context, to experience a whole new perspective on the world you live in and to discover or learn about yourself. Yes, it CAN be a fun experience too, and I wouldn't hold it against someone who did it for recreation, but I do think that they are POWERFUL substances that deserve respect.
Don't trip (for the first time, at least) if you're super stressed out or upset, while you may come out the other end better than you went in, that's recipe for a "bad" trip. I think the scary, frightening trips can sometimes be the most important, if you're facing some demon that's holding you back but it can be a bumpy ride and if you're new to psychedelics, it might be too much to handle.
As far as setting goes, be prepared to check out for 6 hours or so, at least. That means no curfew you're trying to beat, or important responsibilities (probably good to clear a full 24 hours before anything real important). Be in a safe place with people you trust and are comfortable around, and have someone responsible (preferably with some psychedelic experience under their belt) who can be a sober trip-sitter.
Do your research if you're serious about trying it, go in prepared and play it safe. The substances aren't dangerous in and of themselves, you're not really at any physical risk because of them and they're not addictive in the way that other drugs are, but you do need to have a certain emotional/psychological strength to handle them and not come out screwed up, and you're not going to really be "in this world" during the trip, so having someone to make sure you don't do anything stupid or dangerous as well as to be there in case you hit a rough spot and need reassurance that you're not ACTUALLY dying, or for silly stuff like when the doorbell rings unexpectedly or God forbid there was another type of emergency... Better safe than sorry.
Here's a good, easy to read guide to your first trip.
Also check out The Psychedelic Explorers Guide on Amazon.
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