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    anthony Pastore

      what are the drawbacks/ benefits, of a hero dose (5 grams)? experiences, please?

      Joshua D

        The famous album title from Kanye West describes it best, at least what my experience was: a beautiful, dark, twisted fantasy. It was an intense experience but changed my life forever—you will likely experience “ego death,” but obviously that’s not a guarantee as everyone’s experience varies and it’s entirely based on your mindset, initial intentions, and the environment you choose for your experience. (And your tolerance.)

        I can honestly say the overall summary of the experience was as if the entire universe “hugged me,” I let go of most of the existential fears I’d had before the dose and it left me feeling peaceful and assured. Still, at several points I definitely felt like I was way off the deep end and losing touch with reality, but I had someone I trusted to take care of me when things went too dark. To bring me back to solid ground, to assure me I was safe. You can expect a loss of time perception, loss of tangible reality, and hearing and seeing people, places, and things that are not there. I also relived past trauma from an out-of-body perspective…it was incredibly therapeutic, but at times was also legit terrifying. I felt far outside of our usual plane of reality, and had a distinct awareness of an “other.” What this other is or was, in the moment I interpreted it as another intelligence from a different dimension or plane of existence, but as I type this I realize how insane that sounds. But that should give you an idea of the kind of reality-altering potential a hero dose unlocks.

        I cannot emphasize this enough though, DO NOT DO IT ALONE. The experience is powerfully convincing and you’d be surprised how quickly you forget you’ve taken a hero dose…how quickly the hallucinations begin to feel like reality. Have someone with you that you trust who can assure you beyond any doubt that you’re safe, I’d liken it to all of the totem safety measures adhered to in the film “Inception” as a close explanation of why that’s so important. You need someone with you that can bring you back to reality if you drift too far. You also want someone who will not interfere with or interact with you during your experience unless you want them to, but overall they should support you as an impartial observer and not a participant of your experience. You will be in an extremely vulnerable and impressionable state of mind, so this should be someone you absolutely know will take care of you without judgement.

        With all of that said, the “journey” of a hero dose reminds me most of that ride at Disney World’s Epcot where you’re essentially strapped in for a pre-ordained path or story that you’re being shown. Let it happen, let it in, and it’s basically a ride with a beginning and end. Don’t try to control it, or believe that you can influence it, everything is happening in your brain regardless so you’re essentially in your own feedback loop. Just let the ride take you through its experience and you’ll arrive safely at the end. Good luck!

        SoulCybin Moderator

          Hello there, Anthony (and Joshua – thanks for sharing your experience and comments about it!).

          If done properly, a heroic dose can be very beneficial indeed.

          It’s recommendable to have done previous sessions with lower doses (not that small that it’s microdosing, but not a heroic dose either – still a ceremonial dose).

          By the way, we recommend you and anyone here interested in ceremonies to read our Ceremonial Guide (FREE): https://bit.ly/sc-ceremony-guide

          As to benefits of heroic doses (or even smaller non-heroic but still ceremonial doses), here are the most common ones:

          Many users report life-changing spiritual or mystical experiences.
          Feelings of unity with the universe, profound insights, and deep emotional connections are common.

          This brings some Therapeutic Potential to address deep-seated psychological issues, trauma, and emotional blockages.
          And these can lead to long-lasting positive changes in mood, outlook on life, and behavior.

          Also, Enhanced Creativity and Perception are not rare outcomes from heroic doses. Users often experience heightened creativity and altered perception of reality.
          Colors may appear more vivid, and music or art can be deeply moving.

          Another common experience is Ego Dissolution: High doses of psilocybin can lead to the dissolution of the ego, which some find liberating and transformative. This can result in a sense of interconnectedness with all living things.

          But not all is roses, of course.

          Especially if done without care, respect, intention and a favorable context, there can be some drawbacks.

          For example, the intensity of a hero dose can be overwhelming, leading to fear, panic, or paranoia.

          Some users may experience “bad trips” characterized by intense anxiety and negative thoughts.
          Also, some people experience physical discomfort such as nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and other unpleasant or distressing symptoms.

          If not done correctly, high doses can exacerbate underlying mental health issues, such as anxiety or psychosis.

          Therefore, it’s crucial, ESPECIALLY for individuals with a history of mental health problems, to approach with caution.

          Another thing that can happen is that the intensity of the experience can make it difficult to integrate insights into everyday life, so some people may struggle to make sense of the experience and apply it constructively.

          For this reason, we offer both (paid) Consultation and Integration calls with our experts (note: they’re not medical professionals), which you can read about and book from https://soulcybin.org/guidance

          Here are some extra-recommendations for any considerable dose:

          As to how to prepare, please ensure you are in a safe, comfortable environment with people you trust.
          Also, prepare mentally and emotionally for the experience, setting clear intentions.
          If you need help with this, consider booking a Consultation Call (https://soulcybin.org/consultation-calls/).

          It’s also important that you allow time to process and integrate the experience afterward.
          Consider discussing the experience with a therapist or support group, or with one of our Integration Calls (https://soulcybin.org/integration-calls).

          For safety reasons, we ask you to either avoid using psilocybin if you have a history of severe mental health issues, or to do it with the permission and guidance of a licenced medical professional of your choice.

          Lastly, it’s key to have a sober sitter present to provide support and ensure your safety.

          As a conclusion… Heroic dose can be a profoundly transformative experience, but it carries risks and challenges. Therefore, proper preparation, a safe setting, and a focus on integration are crucial for maximizing the benefits and minimizing the potential drawbacks.

          Hopefully you and others will find this useful! We wish you all the best with your experiences and in your lives in general.

          If you have further questions, you can always contact us via chat or email, we’re always replying Mon-Fri 10am-3pm EST.

          In Sacred Service,


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