Neurotransmitters and psychedelics

At trip therapy, we have been going beyond therapeutic tripping for years. Based on a neurotransmitter test and intake, our clients receive advice on how to get neurotransmitters more balanced through diet, supplements and exercise. A recent study now shows for the first time in history that the level of glutamate in the hippocampus plays an important role in whether the psychedelic trip is experienced as a good or bad trip. A high level of glutamate has a strong correlation with a negative psychedelic experience A good preparation in terms of balancing the neurotransmitters is not for nothing.

Read the entire scientific study on psilocybin and glutamate here

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Less risk of bad trips with less glutamate in the hippocampus

Glutamate and GABA

Thus, a lowered glutamate concentration in the hippocampus results in a more positive psychedelic experience. Increasing the neurotransmitter GABA lowers the glutamate concentration in the brain. This mechanism also works the other way around. Persons with low GABA have more glutamate and thus are more prone to anxiety-related symptoms and more likely to have a bad trip anyway. Increasing GABA and thus decreasing glutamate is recommended for some people and can be done with supplements.

Read more about GABA and increasing this neurotransmitter here

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The glutamate inhibitory effect of GABA

Eating less Glutamate?

Glutamate is an amino acid, a building block of protein, so you get it when you eat protein. Glutamate is used by our intestines as an energy source, and the glutamate that does enter the bloodstream has great difficulty crossing the blood-brain barrier. So cutting down on glutamate and MSG (E621) has a very limited impact, although you might want to avoid MSG. Glutamate, ironically, is also the building block of GABA, which actually lowers glutamate activity in the brain. So getting less glutamate in through food makes no sense. Increasing GABA, on the other hand, does.

Set and setting are important

Set and setting, by the way, are also very decisive for the effect of the psychedelic trip. Yet it is fascinating that actually everything counts when it comes to how we feel and how the psychedelic trip is experienced. Actually, there is nothing that can be left out and that simple substances like glutamate and GABA have so much influence on our emotions and consciousness. Are you also now asking yourself the question "who am I?" when even these factors play a role in your disposition and the choices you make?

We are happy to help

It is a great passion to understand the links between psychology and health through a biochemical way and help people. It is different from what the standard approach in psychology entails, as we are much more than just our psyche and therefore we want to take a holistic approach to maximize results. Would you also like to try the holistic approach we offer through trip therapy? We are here for you.

Read more about the process in trip therapy here