How to take drugs as ‘safely’ as possible

If your mate tells you he’s got a batch of no-risk MDMA, he’s lying. A safe way to do drugs doesn’t exist. You will always be putting yourself at risk. But remember: it’s your body and your life. If you’re set on taking something, there’s not a lot anyone can do to stop you. Thankfully, you can maximise your safety while taking them:

1. Don’t rush

I don’t care how experienced or novice you are: don’t ever rush through your stocks of pills and powders. Don’t feel peer-pressured to take the same amount as your friends, this isn’t like smoking where you’re expected to finish the whole cigarette. You never can be quite sure of how pure a batch is, meaning that the three capsules you took last summer could be as effective as the one you’re taking now. Start low, go easy, and don’t rush just because your mates are already high. Everybody reacts differently, and it might take you longer than them to feel the effects.

2. Location, location, location

Location and familiarity play a big part when you wanna take drugs as ‘safely’ as possible. Don’t take anything in the festival portaloo. Not only will you piss off the massive queue outside, but you’ll also have a better experience of a bad trip if it happens in a tent surrounded by friends, rather than alone in a smelly cramped box.

Also be aware that festivals have drug testing stations, something to definitely keep in mind to make sure your stuff isn’t mixed with anything super harmful.

3. ‘Beer then liquor, never been sicker. Liquor then beer, have no fear.’

We’ve all heard that rhyme but, unfortunately, it’s just not true. Mixing any alcohol is never a good idea, so how could throwing drugs into the mix improve the situation? Combining ketamine and booze has an incredibly depressive effect, while cocaine and alcohol could seriously damage the liver. It’s just not worth the risk.

Pick a substance and stick to it.

4. Stay Hydrated

Festivals get hot. They’re pretty sticky too. If we get another heatwave like last year (praying), you’ll be sweating buckets before leaving the tent. So have water handy and drink a little every so often. But don’t get carried away, especially while taking ecstasy, which makes it hard for your body to expel water. Downing gallons can be just as dangerous as dehydration.

Quick hack: is your pee dark? Drink more. Is it flooding the toilets? Time to slow down. Stay safe, campers.

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