A new study indicates psychedelic drugs make people less violent

AnewstudyconductedbyresearchersattheUniversityAlabamaandpublishedintheJournalPsychopharmacologyhasdiscoveredthattakingpsychedelicdrugssuchasLSDandmushroomsmaymakepeoplelesslikelytocommitviolentcrimessuchasassaultandtheft.

Assubstancescloselylinkedtohippyculture,it’sperhapsunsurprisingnews.

Thestudyfoundpeoplewhohaveusedhallucinogenswerearound12percentlesslikelytohavecommittedassault,18percentlessliketohavebeenarrestedforaviolentcrime,and27percentlesslikelytohavecommittedtheftcomparedtopeoplewhohadneverindulgedinpsychedelicdrugs.

“Simplyput,thepositiveeffectsassociatedwithclassicpsychedelicuseappeartobereliable,”readthestudy.

480,000surveyresponsesweretakenintoaccountforthestudy,collectedbytheNationalSurveyonDrugUseandhealthbetween20002to2014.Thestudyalsoundtakersotherillegaldrugssuchascocaineandecstasyweremorelikelytocommitviolentcrimes.

Thestudydidfindalinkbetweentakinghallucinogensandnon-violentcrimes.Lifetimeuserswerefoundtobebeween47to68percentmoreliketoselldrugs,althoughtheirmotivesweredescribedas“prosocial”,believingtheiractionstobepositiveforsharingmedicinaldrugswiththerapeuticqualities.

Researchersconcludedthatdespitethepositivetrends,there’snotenoughdatatosupportmandatedpsychedelic-aidedtreatmenttosuppressviolentbehavioursincriminals,writing:“Mandatedtreatmentsarecommonincorrectionalsettings,yetaregenerallyineffective.”

Anumberstudiesbetweenthe50sand70saboutforcedpsychedelictreatmentprisonersdidnotyieldpositiveresults,whichtheresearcherssaidshouldserveasa“cautionarytale”.

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