Data from U.S. survey casts doubt on U.S. classification of psychedelics as ‘dangerous’

(Eric W. Dolan, Raw Story, August 20, 2013)
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Data from a government-sponsored survey indicates that psychedelic drugs like LSD, magic mushrooms, and peyote do not increase a person’s risk of developing mental health problems. . . . The study, published online Tuesday in PLoS One, used data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health survey to investigate psychedelic drug use and mental health problems. The survey is administered annually by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. . . . The researchers found psychedelic use was not associated with a higher rate of mental health problems. In fact, the use of psychedelic drugs appeared to reduce the risk of mental illness, though only slightly. . . . Previous research has established that LSD, magic mushrooms, and peyote are not addictive. They are not known to harm the brain. . . . Psychedelic drugs have been gaining the attention of medical researchers in recent years. . . . Scientists at the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center have found psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, can safely treat death anxiety in patients with advanced-stage cancer. Scientists at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have also found psilocybin created positive changes in attitudes, mood, life satisfaction, and behavior that persisted for more than a year. . . . Preliminary research on another drug that is often classified as a psychedelic, MDMA, indicated it could help those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. . . . The federal Drug Enforcement Administration currently classifies LSD, psilocybin, and peyote as Schedule I substances: a category reserved for very dangerous drugs with no medical value.

 

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  1. sittinidol Said,

    October 25, 2013 @ 10:40 pm

    Beautiful progress… I recently learned that both peyote and iboga are unscheduled here in Canada…

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