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What are the best incense's for Tripping?

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Intro

When it comes to a magic mushroom trip preparation, preparation is what will make it a success or a major fail, and our staff at the Magic Mushrooms Shop want to reveal a little secret: Incense can go a long way into making your trip memorable.

Incense has been around for a long time but it’s so much more than a fragrant smoke. Want to know more about incense? Let’s get into the thick of the subject.

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What is Incense?

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Incense is usually a natural substance that once it burns, will release its fragrance.

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Most of us have used incense sticks or cones. But incense can also be bark, wood, resins, petals, herbs, and oils. 

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The term is used for the material or the aroma.

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The interesting thing is that people have been using incense for thousands of years. Not just because it smells nice, but also for aesthetic reasons, aromatherapy, meditation, and ceremony whether shamanic or religious.

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The effects of incense

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Incense creates a soothing atmosphere, it also works directly on your brain by relieving anxiety and depression.

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It enters your system through the olfactory system (sense of smell), which is linked to the part of your brain responsible for memory.

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This is the reason why some smells can take you right back to your childhood or remind you of an ex-lover, for example, they can stir up all kinds of emotions in yourself.

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Incense can stimulate memories and can even be psychoactive. Some can help relieve stress and depression, and it facilitates meditation and getting into creative mental spaces. 

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Some scents such as rose, jasmine, and patchouli are known to be aphrodisiac, and some may even have physically healing properties too.

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Why is incense recommended when tripping?

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Burning cleans any space of negative energies, it has the same effect on you physically, mentally, and energetically.

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Using incense when you’re tripping helps create a comforting environment. And it will help you to relax and unwind. It also helps you stay in a positive mindset throughout the trip, and this is great to reduce to the probability of a bad trip.

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Incense helps you dive deep into your mind or far out into the universe. It is a great complement when tripping on magic mushrooms as it can enhance your overall experience. 

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What kind of incense should you use?

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We recommend you use natural as much as possible, pure incense. Cheap incense sticks can be full of chemicals and they release aromas that can be very aggressive, the last thing you want when your tripping is to be suffocating in chemical smoke.

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Make sure you select incense that corresponds to the size of your house, the intensity of the aroma depends on the area where it is placed.

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A word of caution: with incense, comes smoke, so make sure it is suitable for everyone, especially taking into consideration those who have respiratory conditions.

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The best incense for tripping

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What’s the best incense for tripping? Well, that depends on your personal tastes and you might have to try a few before you find your own special aroma.

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Let’s look at some of our all-time favorites.

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Nag Champa

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Nag Champa sticks are the Kings of incense, considered on of the most popular incense scents. They were introduced to the west by hippies in the 60’s.

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They’re easy to use and you can find them everywhere. Nag Champa comes from India and they’re used a lot in Buddhist and Hindu religious practices, for cleansing and focus. 

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These incense sticks are completely natural, and the main scent is the Nag Champa flower. There are many types of Nag Champa’s as most are blended with other resins and scents such as sandalwood and vanilla.

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Palo Santo

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Palo Santo comes from South America and it’s known as “holy wood”.

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It’s been used for centuries as part of shamanic rituals, particularly ayahuasca ceremonies. This is because it’s thought to be cleansing and protective.

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The wood is known for enhancing calm and soothing the mind, it is even known as a natural mosquito repellant.

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Palo Santo comes in pieces of wood, resin, or oil.

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Burning the wood is the easiest way to use it and it produces a delightful, citrusy, pine aroma that will instantly put you in a good mood.

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Frankincense

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Frankincense is the essence of Christianity. Legend has it that it was given as a gift to baby Jesus by the three kings. Most churches still burn frankincense today. 

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It comes from the Boswellia sacra tree of the Red Sea region and North Africa. It is also available in the form of resin or oil. You can burn the oil on an oil burner or the resin on a piece of charcoal.

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Frankincense will make you feel relaxed and it will give you mental focus and clarity. There's even evidence to suggest that it also helps with anxiety and depression.

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Sandalwood

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Sandalwood has also been used in eastern culture religious ceremonies for thousands of years, whereas in the west, it is mostly used for relaxation purposes and to create a pleasant aroma throughout the home.

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Just like frankincense, it has calming properties and it can even lower systolic blood pressure. This can help your body calm down, especially if you're feeling worked up from stress.

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Sandalwood comes from India and it may be physically healing too. In ayurvedic medicine, it is the main ingredient to treat a wide array of illnesses.

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To get the best out of sandalwood burn it as a resin or use the oil on a burner.

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Sage 

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Smudging or burning sage is an ancient spiritual ritual that comes from Native American cultures, such as the Lakota, Chumash, Cahuilla, and others.

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One of the most important benefits of Sage is its antimicrobial properties. They can keep infections bacteria, viruses, and fungi away. White sage also repels insects.

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Nevertheless, the best benefits have to do with the release of negative ions that neutralizes positive ones like pet dander, pollution, dust, and mold.

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Spiritually speaking, it is said that sage helps you connect to the spiritual realm, it achieves a healing state and helps reflect on spiritual dilemmas.

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Another great benefit is that it is a mood enhancer and helps get rid of stress, it lifts your mood. This has been studied by the University of Mississippi which found that it activates receptors in the brain which are responsible for elevating mood, reducing stress, and bringing pain down.

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Conclusion

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Incense isn't for everyone, and always remember that what you find appealing, others might find nauseating, best thing is to let everyone smell the incense before you start tripping and adjusts accordingly.

 

Burning incense when you're tripping will enhance the experience, create a warm, comforting environment that will allow you to get the best out of your psychedelic experience.

 

Note: If you’re suffering from a mental illness and are curious about using psilocybin or any other psychedelic therapy, please consult one of the relevant medical authorities first. Do not self-prescribe, it’s vital to have the right support and guidance when using psychedelics as medicine.

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