I’ll have to admit — when I was asked to review the Netflix #7 movie, Have A Good Trip, I was skeptical. Another LSD documentary that laments the vilification of the drug and puts LSD in the limelight as the chief instigator of the hippie revolution? No thanks, seen it all before. I know that story.

But…

After seeing that it was #7, and that there must be high interest (no pun intended), I decided to get in my warmest PJs, roll a joint, and let the trip begin.

Here’s my bonafide honest review of Have A Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics, available on Netflix until it’s not. 

Your favourite celebrities’ (funny) LSD experiences

So, I was wrong. The movie does not lament the vilification of the drug. In fact, the movie is pretty much completely un-political. It’s a tongue-in-cheek, honest, and funny documentary of people’s real life experiences on LSD.

Writer and director, Donick Cary, obviously had other intentions for this documentary. Your favourite celebrities — and I mean, Cary gets some big names into this movie — talk about their LSD experiences. All of them. The good, the bad, and the ugly.

Sting, Sarah Silverman, Ben Stiller, Deepak Chopra, Anthony Bourdain, and Carrie Fisher are just a few of the names that make it to the show. They range from “I took LSD at least 50 times” to “I took LSD only once” — and each one delivers a painfully honest, hilarious recount of their best and worst moments on LSD.

Laid out in a satirical educational fashion, the documentary features brief chemistry class interludes, tacky satirical propaganda, and the real life stories of people we love.

I don’t feel anything… Wait…

What makes this documentary so hilarious is its ability to pinpoint those characteristic LSD oddities that are so hard for most of us to express. Like the tipping point between “not tripping” and “tripping”. Sarah SIlverman describes it as that moment where you tell yourself – “I don’t feel anything”.

But then… wait… Do I feel something?

It hits the nail on the head, and anybody who has ever tried LSD likely relates to that very important moment in an LSD trip. 

And of course, the bad trip

Bill Kreutzmann stars in Have A Good Trip on Netflix

As if they were going to leave the bad trip story out of this documentary. The majority of the “bad trip” story is told in Reefer Madness propaganda fashion. The After School Special host is played by Adam Scott, who tells the Reefer Madness story with perfect political satire.

While, of course, the characters of the After School Special descend into madness under peer pressure to consume, the real-life characters of Have A Good Trip deliver more realistic stories. Sting talks about getting his arse kicked from time to time, while Ben Stiller says there’s a very obvious reason why he only used LSD once.

Other interviewees talk about the weird and wonderful things they experience during their bad trips — whether they be aliens, demons, or twisted alternate universes. Then there’s the ever pervasive question in a bad trip — “is this going to last forever?”

Two joints in: Is this documentary going anywhere?

Rob Corddry stars in Have A Good Trip on Netflix

After two joints, and about an hour into the documentary, it was starting to feel “a bit more of the same”. Everybody’s telling stories of their LSD experiences… so what? Good thing the documentary only goes for about an hour and a half.

Funny moments and funny stories still bubble to the surface in the last half an hour, but don’t expect a breakthrough in your understanding of LSD or anything.

If anything, Have A Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics is a documentary of more hands-on educational style. It isn’t really an educational documentary per se, and you won’t learn any more about LSD. But you will learn more about other people’s experiences of LSD.

What do I rate it?

OK — so no religious revelations about LSD or how it can be used to save the world. But, there’s a lot of good quality editing in the movie. I particularly love the way director, Donick Cary, uses animation to help tell the story his interviewees are recounting. Then adding all the faux-propaganda and educational interludes makes it all the more entertaining.

For some stoned watching, I give Have A Good Trip 8/10. It’s funny, it’s light, and it’s bound to go well with a few joints.

If you want something a little more grounded or educational about LSD, this isn’t your movie. If anything, I think this movie is best enjoyed by people who have actually tried LSD. If you haven’t, maybe some of the references just aren’t funny? 

In any case, Donick Cary puts a funny spin on LSD, something we rarely ever get to see in psychedelic documentaries. When there is comedy, it’s usually slapstick comedy that’s rife with stereotypes. Well, this one isn’t. It’s true, to the point, and hits you on your funny bones.

Today’s article is a guest post by the extraordinary Carly-Rae Cooke from Ordinarily Honest cannabis advocate, blogger, and modern yogi.

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So here we are — at home isolating, living out this 2020 pandemic life. While I know that we’re all experiencing it a little differently, I thought I’d share a glimpse into one of my days + how I’ve been using cannabis to elevate my days + ease into my nights.

8:30am ish — I scream at Alexa to turn on some tunes.

Roll out of bed, boil water, roll back into bed. Once the water boils, I make my coffee + turn on the news. I’m trying to avoid a lot of the COVID chatter, but I like to keep tabs on what’s going on — a few mins of morning news seems to be working for me, so far. I scroll through IG, put a story post up + scroll through FB — let’s see what’s going on in the social world.

10am — My tummy starts to rumble — it’s smoothie time. I make a berry smoothie w/ vanilla protein powder + mix in some 3:1 indica CBD drops. These drops are ideal for easing into my a few hours of adulting — they bring a sense of relaxation + no head high.

10:10am — Adulting = emails, scheduling + meetings!

I’ve got a few exciting projects in the works, so I send some emails, add some things to my calendar (so many giveaways!) + wrap it all up with a Zoom meeting!

11:11am — I don’t consider myself a super spiritual human, but

I see 11:11 all the time. And, when I do I feel this weird sense of calm. Sometimes I make a wish, sometimes I just close my eyes + sit in the calm for a bit. Whatever it is, I dig it + offer up this moment of calm for you to share whenever you need it.

1pm — I decide to decarb some cannabis,

to have it ready to go for my attempt at making cannabis oil later on in the week. I was surprised how simple it was! I used this recipe from Leafly!

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2:30pm — Time to get creative!

I feel a bit of a lull coming on + decide it’s time for another coffee. This time — a sativa cara—melt coffee. Don’t knock it till you try it.

Each candy is 10mg — I cut one in 1/2, cause I’m not looking to get too lifted, just needing a creative kick start.

With the cara—melt mixed in, the coffee has a slight cannabis taste + all the sugary caramel goodness! I dive into making playlists + shooting some yoga content. I like to work on playlists while I do yoga, to see how the songs vibe with the movements.

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3pm — I realize I haven’t really eaten yet + throw some leftover rice in the microwave.

I give up on the idea of having a shower today.

4pm — Family Facetimes + check—ins.

My mom screens my call, but Gram answers while pouring herself a happy hour glass of wine. We chat, my gramps pops on, and Gram shows me her garden. Then I dive back into creating.

5:30pm — I decide that I’ve done enough creating for the day,

so I begin putting my apartment back together. I leave my bed in the living room for some chill TV time later on (I don’t have a couch + yoga mats aren’t that comfy).

6:45pm — I spend some time cruising Pinterest,

brainstorming for blog posts + jotting down any ideas that come to mind. Tunes on.

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8pm — Bath time!

If I could, I would spend all my time in the bath — it’s like a big, warm, wet, hug (OK, not the best visual — but, if you aren’t a bath person, I urge you to give it a try). I crank the hot water + add in some CBD bath salts. While the water is running, I roll a joint for later + enjoy a 10mg THC fuzzy peach. With the candles lit, music on, and my tried + true “guacamole + rice cracker dinner in the tub” — I am ready to chill. I start to feel the fuzzy peach buzz after about 40mins or so.

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9pm — I climb into bed + pop on an episode of Shameless.

9:45pm — Feeling way ready for some sleep.

I grab the lavender indica joint I rolled earlier. This strain was a suggestion, for sleeping, from the team at My Supply. I absolutely love the taste of the lavender cannabis + it brings the perfect balance of body/head high, easing away any muscle cramps or tension. I take a few pulls + wander to my mat for some random, slow, stretching + moving.

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10:05pm — Bed time.

I fill up my water jug, finish up my lavender joint + tuck myself in. Right before my head hits the pillow, I take a few drops of the indica 3:1 oil that I used earlier in the day — I find the drops really help to keep me zzzz—ing all through the night.

And that’s a wrap! I’ve been using cannabis for just under 2 years now — initially, I was scared of the “high” but slowly, with education + support, I’ve been able to work it into my day to day + am thriving on a high note. If you’re curious about the cannabis products that I use or how I’ve integrated time into my life — leave a comment or send me a note!

This featured post has been written and shared by courtesy of Carly-Rae Cooke, founder of Ordinarily Honest and a 200hr registered yoga teacher based in Vancouver, BC. She founded Ordinarily Honest to offer a refreshing and down-to-earth approach to yoga; steering away from spirituality and keeping the focus on movement and breath. All classes are cannabis-friendly and offer the perfect space (virtually, for now) to relax and decompress. They also feature carefully crafted playlists to enhance the experience.  Check out her Daily Dose online classes, live stream class schedule (classes regularly include cannabis brand pop-ups and samples) and learn more about the inspiration behind Ordinarily Honest.