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Psychedelic.Support is celebrating Bicycle Day!
Author: Adam Miezio
By Adam Miezio
April 18, 2021(Updated: February 27, 2023)

Looking for FREE psychedelic harm reduction education to celebrate Bicycle Day? Or any other reason for that matter?

Yes, Bicycle Day, April 19th is here! For the uninitiated you may ask, “What is Bicycle Day?”

Well Bicycle Day commemorates that cosmic prank of a day when Swiss chemist Albert Hoffman accidentally dosed himself with a lot of LSD at his lab. Oh boy. After that, he ended up having one helluva bicycle ride home! Consequently, the name “Bicycle Day.” Who can say they’ve had a bicycle ride like that?

Bicycle Day Celebrates Rediscovery of LSD

Bicycle Day is a celebration honoring Albert Hoffman’s rediscovery of LSD in 1943 and his historical bike trip home. Pun intended. Lost in the legend is the fact that Hoffman first synthesized LSD while studying a rye fungus called ergot back in 1938. However, he paused that research and shelved it until returning to it 5 years later

If you want to get up to speed on the history of Albert Hoffman’s trippy bicycle ride, please read this thorough article. So at Psychedelic Support, we take this occasion as a moment to reflect on the psychedelic timeline of the past, present, and future and the role we play in its growth. 

78 years after Albert Hoffman’s infamous bicycle ride we are closer than ever to the cusp of a psychedelic evolution. As part of Bicycle Day’s celebration, we’re here to help you manage, or maybe even end, bad trips and rough psychedelic experiences. The phrase “bad trip” has fallen out of favor in recent years, and we’ll cover that more later. For now, let’s introduce you to the education and tools to deal with them.

FREE Psychedelic Harm Reduction For You, For You, and You…

As part of the psychedelic evolution, we here at Psychedelic.Support want to do our part towards reducing adverse effects and helping you to manage challenging and rough psychedelic experiences. One big reason why psychedelics have been so stigmatized is the misunderstanding of so-called “bad trips.” So we want to boost the integrity and legitimacy of psychedelics by teaching people how to pass through those psychedelic obstacles by being prepared and well informed. 

We’re proud to introduce our latest FREE course, Riding the Wave: Principles in Psychedelic Harm Reduction; a collaboration with our friends at NEST. This free course can be utilized any time and offers an in-depth look at psychedelic substances, considerations for psychedelic journeys, and ways to access psychedelic support. 

Psychedelics and the psychedelic community have given us a lot so we want to return the favor by paying it forward. This is a TOTALLY FREE HARM REDUCTION COURSE.

Seriously, we’re not kidding. We hope you’ll use this tool to help guide and educate your circles on safe psychedelic use for Bicycle Day and beyond!

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Riding the Wave: Principles of Psychedelic Harm Reduction

What’s in the Free Psychedelic Harm Reduction Course?

The Psychedelic.Support free harm reduction course features interactive learning using creative graphics, videos and a lot more you’ll have to discover yourself. The course includes 7 components: the introduction, harm reduction history and major players, principles and frameworks of harm reduction, risks and potential adverse consequences of psychedelic use, harm reduction strategies, harm reduction for clinicians, and resources and additional information.

When taking the course you’ll explore the principles of harm reduction. As you progress, you’ll learn about harm reduction’s impact on psychedelic users, and risks associated with different psychedelic substances. Most importantly, you’ll discover tangible ways to support a psychedelic experience through holistic integration and preparation techniques.

Learn the 5 Keys to Psychedelic Harm Reduction

As a result, upon completing the course, your harm reduction graduation will empower you to do 5 things:

  1. Describe the principles of harm reduction and define terminology related to psychedelic harm reduction.
  2. Understand risks and potential adverse consequences of psychedelic use and how risks vary across settings and individuals.
  3. Specify contraindications for each drug class and identify common harms associated with altered states.
  4. Discuss harm reduction strategies and how preparation and integration can help mitigate risks.
  5. Explain how clinicians can talk to clients about harm reduction and psychedelic use.

Above all, the bestest of besties always know what to do if things go sideways for a beloved friend. Going on a psychedelic journey is no different than going on a backcountry hike. You should be prepared for anything in both cases. So if something does go awry, you can handle the unexpected swiftly with ease.

This is why we’d love to turn you into the hero of your friend’s psychedelic journey. Pick your transformation. You can be the Luke to our Obi Wan or the Neo to our Morpheus.

Because, in true Morpheus, psychedelic fashion, what if I told you…?

There’s no such thing as a bad trip.

All Your “Bad Trips” Will End

Yeah that’s right. There’s no such thing as a bad trip, especially when there’s a properly trained therapist and/or sitter with proven harm reduction strategies at their disposal. Moreover, “bad trips” have figuratively ended.

The phrase “bad trip” has come to be replaced by “challenging experience.” This is because many believe there is value to be summoned even from scary or confusing trips. Usually, psychedelic experiences, regardless if they’re positive, negative or neutral, reflect back to you what’s already there. 

Bad trips simply equal elements of fear, anxiety and/or resistance. Resistance, that’s a big one. If you travel in psychedelic social circles and socialize with psychonauts, you have probably heard the age old wisdom of, “let it do to you, what it wants to do to you.”

The Secret is to Let Go

That is to say, when you’re having a rocky psychedelic time, let go. Completely give up control and submit to whatever experience arises. Of course this is a type of cosmic Chinese finger trap. Your ego, and the fear it generates of losing control, makes “letting go” the absolute last thing it wants to do!

But, when you do finally “let go” …wow. It can be a tremendous breakthrough and an indescribable moment of revelation. An “Aha” moment like no other!

When you have the courage to face that fear and submit to it, you come out the other side with more love, more insight, and more compassion. After that, you instantly understand the psychedelic street wisdom that people have been dishing out forever.

Our mission is to train you to provide that psychedelic “aha moment” to all the psychonauts you work with and support. 

Who is NEST?

Our friends, partners and collaborators over at NEST are a fantastic bunch.

NEST stands for Network of Emotional Support Teams. NEST focuses on festival harm reduction and education. 

We’re grateful for the opportunity to work with our friends over at NEST. It’s been a lot of fun “riding the wave” with them. Once you join the free harm reduction course, you can hop on the wave and join us.

But, “What if I’m having a bumpy psychedelic ride and I don’t have a therapist or sitter trained in harm reduction to help me” you ask?

Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. 

Free Psychedelic Peer Support Telephone Line

Yes, you read that right. 

There now exists a FREE telephone line to call or text if you’re experiencing a bad trip…erm, challenging experience.

That’s assuming you can still manage to see your phone correctly and punch the numbers in. Or better yet, put the number in your phone now: 6-2Fireside. We certainly hope so, because we think you should chat with our other friends at the Fireside Project to help you out.

The Fireside Project is now offering a psychedelic peer support line.

Their mission “is to help people minimize the risks and fulfill the potential of their psychedelic experiences.” How do they do this?

They do it by “providing compassionate, accessible, and culturally responsive peer support, educating the public, and furthering psychedelic research, while embracing practices that increase equity, power sharing, and belonging within the psychedelic movement.”

So if you’re interested in taking advantage of this psychedelic evolution in harm reduction please check out this page right here for all the FAQs and details about how Fireside Project’s psychedelic peer support line works. 

You’ll never have to worry again by asking…

“Who you gonna call?”

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Call Fireside Psychedelic Peer Support Line Now!

Free Psychedelic Harm Reduction Follows in the Steps of Grief Reduction?

The concept of a free psychedelic peer support telephone line is a fascinating one. One that seems to follow in the footsteps of a brilliant, albeit super tender and tear jerking idea that a lovely Japanese man had some years ago.

Itaru Sasaki invented the “wind phone.” Here’s a brief history of the wind phone along with some pictures.

In short, he built and installed a “glass-paneled phone booth in his hilltop garden with a disconnected rotary phone inside” to speak with a deceased relative. He found the practice to have great benefit in managing his grief.

Following the disaster caused by the earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan, the wind phone became immensely popular. Thousands of people from across Japan made pilgrimages to the phone to speak with deceased loved ones.

We all need more emotional support, love and help managing life’s challenges. We’re never alone. Sometimes you just need to pick up a phone to realize it.

In conclusion, let’s hope that free psychedelic harm reduction services become just as helpful and that much more successful.

Start Your Hero’s Journey to Ending Challenging Experiences Now

So, how can anyone resist the transformation? 

  1. The course is FREE.
  2. You transform yourself into someone’s future hero. 

Simple as that. There’s a bonus. We think you’re going to have fun doing it too. So what are you waiting for? Sign up right now and start your hero’s journey. 

The content provided is for educational and informational purposes only and should be a substitute for medical or other professional advice. Articles are based on personal opinions, research, and experiences of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Psychedelic Support.

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Author: Adam Miezio
Adam Miezio
Originally from Chicago, I call Austin, TX home with stops in Spain and Florida in between. I’m active in the psychedelic culture here, allowing me to see speakers like Jamie Wheal, Anthony Bossis, Roland Griffiths and Dennis McKenna. Austin led me to my first ayahuasca retreat, which supports my yoga, meditation and floating practices. I hike national parks, enjoy abusing my passport, listen to the Flaming Lips and read: Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell, Montaigne, Graham Hancock and Alan Watts. As my beloved Bill Hicks said, “It’s just a ride” so put more pronoia into your life.

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