The steady rise of the trippy festival
The most common drug used at festivals is alcohol, and it also happens to be the most problematic for health workers.
The rising number of music festivals inspired by psychedelic drugs are clearly tapping into a growing need to take time out from normal life, but also to go on a mental journey, surrounded by like-minded people. And the more festivals that are willing to set up drug harm reduction facilities like Boom has in Portugal, the safer these people will be … “What people are looking for at [many festivals] is an experience that connects them with something and to each other. That something may be being in nature, observing the arts and culture, or the environmental sustainability efforts and the opportunities to practice spirituality throughout the festival.” as one example … But not all trips are idyllic. With the rise in music festivals has come a rise in NGOs … specializing in harm reduction, including providing safe advice for taking drugs, drug checking, and looking after people who are having a bad time on drugs.