Responsible drug use

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Responsible drug use is an approach to recreational psychoactive substance use that aims to maximize its benefits while minimizing its harms. Also called the harm reduction approach, the concept of responsible drug use begins from the premise that recreational substance use is an inherently high-risk activity that unavoidably involves the possibility of serious injury, addiction, and death. Therefore, the most reasonable strategy an individual can adopt (other than complete abstinence) is to fully acknowledge these risks and take practical steps to reduce and mitigate potential harms to the greatest extent possible.

This philosophy places complete responsibility on the individual to make sure they are doing proper research and taking the necessary precautions in order to avoid negative consequences, all with the understanding that there is no such thing as truly safe or risk-free use.

Recreational drug use can be viewed in a similar light as other risky-but-beneficial activities, particularly extreme sports such as sailing, skiing, skydiving, surfing, paragliding, and mountain climbing. It may also be compared to driving a car, riding a motorcycle, or flying an airplane. Although these activities are not without major risk, they can be minimized through careful preparation and common sense and have a net positive impact on the life of the user.

Examples of general harm reduction advice include avoiding hazardous situations, excessive doses, chronic use, and hazardous combinations of substances; avoiding injection; and not using substances at the same time as activities that require a sober state, such as driving or operating machinery.

This page is dedicated to cataloging information on the various factors that should be considered when experimenting with psychoactive substances. The first section covers general harm reduction practices for all classes of substances while the latter section is specific to hallucinogens.



Routes of administration

Recovery position

Reagent testing kits

Dangerous combinations




The information below is exclusively tailored for the use and experimentation with hallucinogens such as psychedelics, dissociatives, and deliriants.


State of mind

Bodily state

Trip sitters


Aborting trips

See also

External links


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  2. How big is a milligram? (Ask Erowid) |
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  4. American Weigh Scales, Inc Gemini-20 User Manual |
  5. 3-MeO-PCP (Tripsit) |
  6. Liquid Measurement Technique by Zam (Erowid) |
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