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Boys Who Take Acid: A Field Guide

Who they are and why they are like that

I have a weird relationship with boys who do acid, or really any psychedelic. Two things: one, they tend to love me, putting some deeper meaning into my love of trees and general social awkwardness, and two, they tend to also be my emotional downfall– and many hours of strife have been spent crying about these men. Because boys who do acid seem cool at first and then tend to really suck and be self-centered.

But who are these boys and why are they like this?

So dear reader, as an experienced veteran, I have prepared a field guide of sorts to spot these men so you can make the choice on whether to run and hide or take on this perilous battle.

From my own experience, here are the three main types of boys who do acid (loosely based on men I have dated):

Recently on Tiktok and Twitter, I have been seeing an increase in the discourse on why boys who do acid that. How they present as emotionally mature and wise due to their drug use while still being very emotionally stunted and self-centered. User @sara_miko said in a TikTok

“People who identify as women, people in the LGBTQ+ community, & people of color always have to think about their identity & what their place in society is. Society is made for straight white men...Meaning, psychedelics are one way for straight white men to start really thinking about their identity. Unfortunately, I’ve seen a lot of SWMs get superiority complexes because of it. They think they’re discovering something new by just thinking about their identity. When basically, everybody who isn’t a straight white man has constantly been having to do that”

A lot of the time people talk about a thing called “ego death” when it comes to doing psychedelics, a loss of subjective self-identity. For non -straight white men or anyone who exists in society is orbiting around straight white men, they tend to have more of a concept of a changing and impermanent identity and ego. When a straight white man’s ego, whose ego is constantly held by society, is taken away, he can experience a much larger identity gap during a psychedelic trip.

Basically, this is how I understand it:

The main takeaway here is that although acid and other drugs are a mind-opening experience that changes one’s perception of the world, the sober world is still here. And in finding a psychedelic-loving boy to form a relationship with, one must make sure they take what they “discovered” on acid- the sense of oneness with the world and the dissolution of the ego, and apply it to real-life instead of just using the experience to better their own self-image.

Both these men and psychedelics actually have a lot in common. Both are fun to do but not the gospel.

The obsession a lot of straight white men have with psychedelics has to do with learning about empathy. As long as you practice empathy, you are golden.


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