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Love & LSD: A Guide to a Romantic Acid Trip

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Written by Joseph Mcqueen

There’s that thing, isn’t there? That all encompassing feeling. Where you feel warm inside, whilst also feeling complete. All your questions are answered, whilst more are beautifully asked. Sometimes it can be exactly what you’ve always dreamt of, and other times it can feel like the end of the world. Are we talking about love or LSD? Who knows. Well, let’s combine both of them. Today we’re going to guide you through the perfect romantic acid trip and discuss why these two things have such an intrinsic connection. 

1960s USA

The 1960s in the US is often referred to as the summer of love and the flower power years. However, it was also a time of political and social unrest. But why? Well this decade was a time of great change and experimentation, particularly in the realm of art, music, and culture. There was much that birthed a powerful counterculture. The Civil Rights movement was gaining in strength but receiving much aggressive and violent backlash from the white establishment.

The Vietnam war was also in full force – a conflict that many could not understand the purpose of. Not only that, but the disparity between rich and poor, and the disconnection between old and young was a sign of the divide in society. From the ashes of unrest came many social and cultural movements that emerged during this time. They were characterized by a rejection of traditional values and an embrace of alternative lifestyles and modes of expression. The Collector writes:

“A new identity was born at the start of the counterculture movement in the late 1960s. This youth movement criticized consumerism, promoted peace, and yearned for individualism. The 1960s and ‘70s revolutionized pop culture and encouraged social reform. This 20-year period was a turning point in history that influenced future decades, and still has an impact on the present day.”

This movement brought about an influx of rock music, like the likes of Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix. But the youth counterculture also began exploring drugs in a new way. Cannabis was flowing freely and, of course, LSD was a new ointment. What could be a better way to break out of the mold and experience life in a new way than taking acid

LSD & Love

At the center of this movement was the use of psychedelic drugs, particularly LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide), which was seen as a means of expanding consciousness and exploring new realms of experience. LSD was first synthesized by Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann in 1938, but it wasn’t until the 1960s that it became widely known and used as a tool for spiritual exploration and personal transformation. Origins writes:

“The CIA experimented with LSD in the 1950s for its potential use in psychological warfare… By the early 1960s, several leading universities had begun to investigate the psychological effects and health benefits of LSD. Most famously, between 1961 and 1963, Harvard professors Dr. Timothy Leary and Dr. Richard Alpert… tested Acid for its therapeutic use.”

As more of the world became aware of the substance, people began to realize its potential for other purposes. The connection between love and LSD was a central theme of the counterculture movement. Many people who experimented with acid reported experiencing profound feelings of love and interconnectedness, and saw the drug as a means of breaking down the barriers that separated individuals from one another and from the natural world.

The use of LSD as a means of exploring love and consciousness was reflected in the art and music of the era, particularly in the psychedelic rock music that emerged during the mid to late 1960s. Bands like The Beatles, The Grateful Dead, and Jimi Hendrix used the substance as a means of expanding their creativity and exploring new musical horizons, while their lyrics often reflected themes of love, peace, and interconnectedness.


Now of course we’re no longer in the 60s, instead we’re existing in the 2020s, which has its own identity. Today, the use of LSD and other psychedelics is being revisited by researchers and medical professionals as a potential tool for treating a variety of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, and addiction. Nonetheless, that feeling that makes us feel love and unity with another person is still there. That is why the idea of taking hallucinogens with your loved one can be an incredible experience. Like with any substance, acid needs to be utilized in the right way, to risk any problems arising. So let’s go through the well-required steps of how to have the perfect romantic acid trip. 

The Romantic Acid Trip

Before we can begin any LSD trip, we must first understand how the substance works on the body. It is this that will inform how we go about creating the perfect environment for our romantic acid trip. 

How it Works

LSD is a powerful psychedelic drug that has the ability to profoundly alter perception, mood, and cognition. LSD works by affecting the serotonin system in the brain, which is responsible for regulating mood, appetite, and sleep, among other functions. When LSD is ingested, it binds to serotonin receptors in the brain, particularly the 5-HT2A receptor, which is thought to be the primary target for its effects. This binding leads to an increase in serotonin activity, which results in a range of altered perceptions and sensations.

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The effects of acid can vary widely, depending on the dosage, the individual’s mood and mindset, and the environment in which the drug is taken. The effects of the drug typically last for 6-12 hours, with the peak of the experience occurring between 2-4 hours after ingestion. However, the drug can have longer-lasting effects on mood and cognition, which can persist for several days or even weeks after use. Common effects of LSD include:

1 – Altered Perception

It can cause a profound distortion of the sense of time and space, leading to a feeling of timelessness or a sense of the dissolution of boundaries between oneself and the world.

2 – Hallucinations

it can cause the perception of colours, shapes, and patterns that are not actually present, as well as alterations in sound and music perception.

3 – Heightened Emotions

The substance can lead to intense feelings of joy, love, and interconnectedness, as well as fear, anxiety, and paranoia.

4 – Changes in Thought Patterns

Acid can lead to a loosening of normal cognitive constraints, allowing for more fluid and creative thinking, as well as a tendency towards associative and non-linear thought.

5 – Physiological Effects

LSD can cause a range of physical effects, including dilated pupils, increased heart rate and blood pressure, sweating, and tremors.

The Guide

So we’ve established how acid works on the body, and for how long, now we can start planning our romantic acid trip. Love and acid are both powerful forces but, when combined, they can move to a whole other level. Or, of course, if done incorrectly, they can open a world of despair. But don’t worry, that shouldn’t happen if you follow these steps. 

1 – Research 

In a sense, you’ve already done this part. But it’s always vital to educate yourself about the effects of LSD, potential risks and benefits, and how to minimise harm. Read up on harm reduction techniques and best practices for safe psychedelic use. No one wants to sound like Talk to Frank, but the aim here is to really enhance the benefits of this wonderful substance. It will also give you confidence in your experience. 

2 – Partner

Next thing to do is to ask yourself the ultimate question: is this experience right for my partner and myself? This isn’t to give you doubts, it’s simply to highlight that acid is not for everyone. Worst case scenario you have a slightly unpleasant experience, it’s not the end of the world, but that isn’t always nice to add to the memories of a relationship. Ensure you feel comfortable, familiar, trusting and warmth from your partner before engaging in something as intimate as this. This doesn’t mean you both need to have tried it before, but it means you both need to rely on one another. You most likely won’t have a trip-sitter for this experience, so you’ll need to act as one for each other at different points in the journey. 

3 – Set

The next step is to consider you and your partner’s mindset. This means both as a couple and individually. When taking acid, your subconscious can quite easily become your conscious, so any negative thoughts, worries or concerns you may have can materialise themselves. This can be very therapeutic in one way, but it can also be quite unpleasant. Make sure that you’re not overly angry, sad or stressed before the experience – or at least not in a way that you don’t want to face during the trip. As said, many people use LSD to face and tackle these thoughts head on and it can work a treat. But this doesn’t mean that the trip won’t be tough. This is the same when thinking about your shared mindset. Ideally taking acid should boost your love between each other, but it can also help resolve issues too. But, again, that will only work if both of you are willing. 

4 – Setting

Then there’s the setting: where this is all taking place. For a romantic trip you’re going to want somewhere that oozes love and warmth for you both. This may be a beach somewhere, it could be a forest, it could simply be your living room. Don’t judge yourself – wherever you feel the most comfortable and safe with your partner is the place for you. Ambience is also crucial – choose the right music, the right candles or lighting state and even some incense.

romantic acid trip

All of your senses will be heightened. Also make sure that you have easy access to food, water and even a toilet and a bath, you never know when you might need them. Whilst many people love being amongst nature when on a trip, others prefer the comfort of a sofa and a bed. Don’t judge yourselves, simply find the place that you both feel snug. 

5 – Dosage

If you’re somewhat new to tripping – or you’ve only done it once or twice – start with a low dose. This allows you to test your sensitivity to the drug and assess its effects on your body and mind. Not only that, but it gives you both the time to edge yourselves into it and not completely lose yourself. Remember that LSD is a potent substance and its effects can vary widely from person to person. If you’re a bunch of psychonauts then, of course, take as much as you feel works for you. 

6 – Have Fun

Last but by no means least, enjoy yourself! Love and acid is a powerful combination and it can be made even more exciting by having things to do during a romantic acid trip. Play games, watch movies, run around, make love, maybe even discuss things on your mind – whatever works for you. This is a no judgement zone and maintaining that is crucial. If you both want to sit around wearing no clothes and pretending to be pirates then so be it. When the trip comes to an end, and you’re lying in each other’s arms, you should have a sense that you’re closer than you were before the trip started. That is the beauty of LSD and love.

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About the author

Joseph Mcqueen

Joseph is a cannabis journalist in the UK. His search and love for the truth in the cannabis industry is what drives him to write.