When we have questions about psychedelics, we often consult our Auntie. An Auntie can be a person of any gender who offers wise advice about psychedelic substances and how to effectively use them. Lucid News is asking a collection of well-informed people to step in as Auntie and answer your questions about psychedelics. Below you will find past questions submitted by readers and answered by our Auntie.

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What Substances Are More Likely To Be Contaminated With Fentanyl?

Meet Your Psychedelic Auntie, a source of advice on all things psychedelic. This month Auntie discusses how to help prevent ingesting substances that might be contaminated with fentanyl, how to navigate sex and boundaries while altered, and if LSD, 2C-B and psilocybin deplete serotonin like MDMA.

What Do I Need To Know About Tripping Alone In Nature?

Meet Your Psychedelic Auntie, a source of advice on all things psychedelic. This month Auntie discusses how to set up a solo trip in nature, the potential challenges of mixing mushrooms with alcohol, and whether the ketamine experience is “psychedelic.”

How Do I Know If I’m Integrating My Psychedelic Experience?

Meet Your Psychedelic Auntie, a source of advice on all things psychedelic. This month Auntie discusses psychedelic integration, adulteration of substances, and helping a friend who is having a difficult mushroom experience.

How Do I Navigate A Psychedelic Voyage?

This column is the first of a regular series offering advice in response to reader questions about psychedelics by DanceSafe Executive Director Mitchell Gomez and Programs and Communications Coordinator Rachel Clark.

Meet Your Aunties

Rachel Clark

Rachel (she/her) serves as the Education Manager for DanceSafe, a nightlife harm reduction nonprofit known for its drug education and drug checking kits. In addition to working for DanceSafe, Rachel has been teaching a semester-long course called DrugsCo for several years, and founded the Oberlin Students for Sensible Drug Policy chapter in 2019. She has been an avid harm reductionist since 2012, and enjoys long walks to her soapbox to talk about psychedelic safety and the injustices of the drug war.

Mitchell Gomez

Mitchell Gomez is a graduate of New College of Florida (whose Alumni included the founders of Erowid, MAPS and the Zendo Project), and has his Masters from CU Denver. He has been a part of the electronic music community since the late 90’s, when he first started attending underground breaks shows while still in high-school. In 1999 while living in Israel, he became one of the earliest full time professional fire spinners, eventually performing at some of the biggest electronic music events on four continents. Mitchell joined Dancesafe as their National Outreach Director in 2014 and was responsible for all volunteer coordination, the development, implementation, and evaluation of new training curriculum and outreach initiatives, and administrative tasks, and was promoted to Executive Director in 2017. He has volunteered with the Burning Man organization, SSDP, the Denver Drug Strategy Commision, Psymposia, and other small harm reduction projects for many years, and is a passionate advocate for reality-based drug policy and harm reduction.

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