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A survey published online in the Journal of Psychopharmacology dispels myths that psychedelic drugs are linked with increased risk of mental disorder. More than 135,000 random people were surveyed, 19,000 of which had used psychedelics in their lifetimes.
Using data from the U.S. National Health Survey and survey data, co-authors Pal-Orjan Johansen and Teri Suzanne Krebs, a clinical psychologist and neuroscientist at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, respectively, found that there was no correlation between the use of psychedelics and mental illness. Specifically between psychedelic drug use and psychological distress, depression, anxiety, or suicidal thoughts/plans/attempts.
"Over 30 million U.S. adults have tried psychedelics and there just is not much evidence of health problems," said Johansen in the paper. Krebbs added that drug experts consistently rank LSD and psilocybin mushrooms as much less harmful to both the user and society than common controlled substances like alcohol.
The research continues findings that change how many view psychedelic drugs as those same drugs are researched as treatments rather than a cause.
Find the study Psychedelics not linked to mental health problems or suicidal behavior: A population study and read about using some psychedelics to treat mental disorder here.
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