How Culture Can Influence a Psychedelic Experience

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It is clear that expectations and beliefs can shape a psychedelic experience. Your ‘set’ (or mindset) is one of the vital components — along with your external setting — that can steer your psychedelic journey in a certain direction, colour it with a certain emotional tone and significance. I don’t wish to explicate all the ways in which set influences a psychedelic experience, as that has been covered widely elsewhere; instead, I would like to revisit an earlier article I wrote, where I argued that when you see specific motifs and patterns when taking a specific psychedelic, it’s more likely this is down to the unique quality of the psychedelic than the cultural associations of a compound, which you bring to the experience.

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Originally published at https://www.samwoolfe.com on June 22, 2020.

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