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What To Do If You’re Too High (Read This Before You Eat Those Mushrooms) 

Wednesday, Mar 2 2016

Drugs. Everyone does them, especially at music festivals. But people tend to forget drugs are mercurial: While you may have a good time high, you could easily have a not-so-good time — especially if you're already tired, dehydrated, or overstimulated. If you find yourself having a less-than-pleasant psychedelic-, synthetic-, or cannabis-induced experience, here are some tips from the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies to steer you through your ordeal.

1. Speak up. Don't be embarrassed to tell friends you're too high, though it's recommended that you turn to friends who aren't also on drugs.

2. Find a safe place where you can sit or lie down. Oftentimes, festivals will have designated "chill out" areas that are manned by festival staff or health experts. And even if you can't find one, you can always create your own "chill out" space away from the stage in a quiet place.

3. Don't be alone. Having a person to talk to can work wonders if you're too twisted; you won't feel as if you're going through it alone. Also, having a conversation can potentially take your mind off of what's ailing you.

4. Don't freak out. The key is to think of your trip as being difficult, not bad, says MAPS spokesman Brad Burge. Remember that what you are experiencing is temporary, and that the effects will wear away with time.

5. Drink water and eat food. Chances are, you're dehydrated — and even if you're not hungry, the act of eating is grounding and ergo can be helpful.

6. Take a nap. Sleep it off if you can.

7. Wear earplugs. Drowning out the loud sounds from the stage(s) can help you calm down and find peace.

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