Making "bad trips" good: How users of psychedelics narratively transform challenging trips into valuable experiences.

  title={Making "bad trips" good: How users of psychedelics narratively transform challenging trips into valuable experiences.},
  author={Liridona Gashi and Sveinung Sandberg and Willy Pedersen},
  journal={The International journal on drug policy},
BACKGROUND We study the significance of stories about bad trips among users of psychedelics. Drawing on narrative theory, we describe the characteristics of such stories and explore the work they do. METHODS In-depth qualitative interviews with 50 Norwegian users of psychedelics. RESULTS Almost all participants had frightening experiences when using psychedelics and many described these as bad trips. The key feature of a bad trip was a feeling of losing oneself or going crazy, or ego… 
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