Pionieer experience: MDMA/LSD/Ketamine

Cosmic Christ by Alex Grey

I bet most of you already know the substances MDMA, LSD and Ketamine and some of you might even have experiences with them either as a single substance or as a combination. But what about the combination with the three of them?

For those who don’t know these substances very well, I’ll try to give a brief explanation.


3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), commonly known as Ecstasy is a psychoactive substance. MDMA increses empathy, euphoria, and heightened sensations. When taken by mouth, the effects start to kick in after 30–45 minutes and last somewhere between 3–6 hours. 
For some time MDMA was used by professional therapist for legal treatments because of its beneficial influence on people. The results were stunning and a lot of mental, emotional and spiritual work could be done within a few sessions. However, in the mid 80s the United States made MDMA a Schedule 1 substance.


LSD brain study

Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), also known as Acid, is a psychedelic substance known for its psychological effects. These effects may include altered awareness of the surroundings, perceptions, and feelings as well as sensations and images. The brain activities are increased heavily as you can see in the image above (please see the link to the guardian article below the image for more information). People under the influence of LSD can feel the universal oneness and the connectedness with everything — non-dual-awareness. Experiences like that and many more can bring great healing into people’s life and have great impact in society and our world. After taken, the effect starts to come up between 15–40 minutes and last up to 12 hours depending on the dosage. Since 1968, the use of LSD in the US is illegal.


Ketamine is a medication mainly used for starting and maintaining anesthesia. It induces a trance-like state while providing pain relief, and sedation. Ketamine can be injected, consumed in drinks, snorted, or added to joints or cigarettes. Depending on the method, it takes more or less time to kick in. This substance should be treated with very great respect and mindfulness as it is an addictive substance (better do not consume Ketamine more than two times a year). The effects people experiencing can be very different from individual to individual such as this is the case with every psychedelic experience. Despite that fact, it’s very common that people find theirselves completely removed from their surroundings and their body. 
The states declared Ketamine a Schedule III substance in 1999.

Pionieer ritual experience

Now as you know a little bit more about the substances, I’d like to share some impressions of my experiences I had with them as a combination.

It was on a beautiful and sunny Saturday in early June when I attended a seminar for holistic healing with psychedelic substances. It was my very first pionieer weekend and therefore I felt a little tension in my system. The people who are hosting these seminars are well trained therapists and have great knowledge with different divination techniques. The place is close to the forest and offers a safe and comfortable space for at least 12 people.

At about 03:00 pm, we officially started with the ritual indoors. We took the first medicine which was a cup of tea with 130mg MDMA. After the first prayer, the whole group went out in the forest for a short walk. It’s really an incredible feeling when you walk outside in the forests enjoying the vibes from the plants and the sun and you then suddenly feel your heart chakra opening up. My breath started to get deeper and deeper and I felt myself melting together with the group and the nature. Also my perception of sounds started to intensify and all these singing birds and insects formed an unbelievable orchestra. As the effects increased more and more we decided to make our way home to the ceremony house. Back in the seminar room, we all laid down on our mattresses and the guy leading the ceremony played the first piece of music. The very first song this time was from Johan Julius Christian Sibelius who’s a phenomenal componist. This particular song took each one of us on a ride to our inner worlds.

About one and a half hours in the ceremony it was time for the next step. The participants received LSD blotters which all contained specific doses somewhere between 150 and 250 micrograms. Then we were asked to lay on our belly and pull down our pants a little bit so that out butt is free. The reason therefore was that we now received a little injection of Ketamine (dosage depending on the person somewhere between 70–120mg). All of us had to wear a sleep mask for at least the next hour because of the potential heavily distortion of seeing. The Ketamine kicks in quite fast and shoots you straight into the universe. To be honest, it’s really hard to describe a Ketamine experience… However, it’s remarkable how Ketamine shows your place in this huge universe. At some point you feel yourself as the universal creator and in the next moment you can see how small you are as an individual. For me it’s always fascinating how those substances clear everything out in your energy field and how you feel yourself as a fluid energy being. Just breathtaking! Somewhere between an hour and a little bit more later, for most people the Ketamine effects decrease and this is the particular moment where the LSD starts to increase in effects so you feel no crash from the Ketamine. Anyway, the MDMA and the Ketamine have a great influence on how you perceive the LSD. But there’s no way how I’d be able to describe that. You simply have to try it if you’re interested in it.

The days after

The days after can be a little bit tough. In the end, you had an extremely powerful psychedelic experience and lot’s of old patterns got smashed. Basically, you’re world looks different and you need to find your new center in your very self and in the world. Take as much free time for you as possible so that you can fully commit to this important process of integration. I found it incredible what you can achieve with this particular combination… Nevertheless, be aware that Ketamine can make your physical system easily addictive when you take the substance more than 2–3 times a year. It’s better to give your system some time off.

P.S. I try to be as short and open with my personal experiences as possible so that people have their very own experience and are not to much influenced by expectations or imaginations. As said already, psychedelic experiences are very intimate and should be seen as sacred.


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