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Creating a Great Playlist for a Ketamine Psychedelic Medicine Session

Ketamine is a dissociative psychedelic medicine that has gained popularity in recent years as a tool for treating a variety of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Many people have found that creating a playlist of music to listen to during a ketamine session can enhance their experience and help them process their emotions.

Here are some tips for creating a good playlist for a ketamine psychedelic medicine session:

  1. Choose music that is calming and soothing. Ketamine can induce a sense of dissociation and disorientation, so it’s important to choose music that can help ground you and keep you feeling safe. Look for music with slow, steady rhythms and calming melodies.
  2. Consider incorporating ambient sounds. Ambient sounds like nature sounds, white noise, or field recordings can help create a relaxing environment for your ketamine session. They can also help mask any unpleasant sounds or sensations that you may experience during the session.
  3. Look for music that evokes emotions. Ketamine can help bring up intense emotions, so it’s important to choose music that can help you process those emotions. Look for music that evokes feelings of love, peace, joy, and connection.
  4. Avoid music with lyrics that are too distracting or intense. While some people may find that listening to music with lyrics can enhance their ketamine experience, it’s important to choose music with lyrics that are not too distracting or intense. Lyrics that are too intense or disturbing can trigger anxiety or other negative emotions.
  5. Create a playlist that is at least an hour long. Ketamine sessions can last anywhere from 45 minutes to several hours, so it’s important to create a playlist that is at least an hour long. This will ensure that you have enough music to last throughout the session and that you won’t be distracted by having to change the music.
  6. Make sure you can play your playlist ad-free. If ads come up during your ketamine session, it can be quite distracting and set you off-course. 

Some music genres that may be particularly well-suited for a ketamine session include ambient, downtempo, neoclassical, and instrumental music. Here are some specific music recommendations to get you started:

  • Brian Eno – Music for Airports
  • Max Richter – Sleep
  • Nils Frahm – All Melody
  • Jon Hopkins – Singularity
  • William Basinski – The Disintegration Loops
  • Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works 85-92
  • Harold Budd – The Pavilion of Dreams
  • Stars of the Lid – And Their Refinement of the Decline

Remember, the most important thing is to choose music that feels right for you and that helps you feel safe and grounded during your ketamine session. By taking the time to create a good playlist, you can enhance your ketamine experience and gain deeper insights into your emotions and mental health.

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