Medicine/Healing

Study suggests psychedelic users reframe “bad trips” into positive experiences through detailed narratives

…published in the International Journal of Drug Policy asked psychedelic drug users to share their experiences with drug use, and particularly, their experiences with “bad trips.”… intense negative reactions that can include anxiety, paranoia, panic attacks, and frightening hallucinations… despite describing these highly distressing experiences, many participants seemed to look back on bad trips with gratitude, suggesting that the experiences had offered them deep insights and opened up repressed feelings.

Interestingly, many users of psychedelics seem to embrace the positives in these challenging trips, despite describing them as intensely frightening. Researchers Liridona Gashi and her team proposed that one way psychedelic users might find meaning in such bad trips is through storytelling. Narratives might allow drug users to reframe these adverse incidents into valuable experiences – the same way that humans commonly make sense of the world by telling stories.

Original Article (Psypost):
Study suggests psychedelic users reframe “bad trips” into positive experiences through detailed narratives
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