Contrary to observations of prior research warning against the use of psychedelic substances like lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), psilocybin mushroom and mescaline, a recent study suggests how people taking such drugs exhibit less proclivity to engage in criminal behaviors. Authors of the study, published online in the Journal of Psychopharmacology in October 2017, made use of data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH).
The survey contained details of responses from more than 48,000 adult Americans between 2000 and 2014. The participants were asked several questions; for example, if they had been involved in use of drugs like ayahuasca, dimethyltryptamine (DMT), LSD, mescaline, peyote, or psilocybin mushrooms even once in their lives. They had also hinted about their involvement in various kinds of criminal offenses during the past one year and the number of times they had been apprehended for the same. The responses of the participants had been evaluated and collated in the body of the survey.
Examination of the data after taking into consideration variables, such as age, gender, education level, employment and marital status, the researchers observed that lifetime classic psychedelic use was associated with 27 percent decreased odds of past-year larceny/theft and 12 percent reduced chances of past-year assault. The study also found that the use of psychedelic drugs resulted in 22 percent decreased probabilities of past-year arrest for a property crime and 18 percent reduced odds of arrest for a violent behavior.
However, the current study observed that those who abused illicit substances other than psychedelics were linked with increased potential of manifesting criminal behavior at or above the trend level. Elaborating the observations, one of the co-authors of the study Zach Walsh said, “These findings add to a growing body of research suggesting that use of classic psychedelics may have positive effects for reducing antisocial behavior. They certainly highlight the need for further research into the potentially beneficial effects of these stigmatized substances for both individual and public health.”
Though the findings hint at potential effect of psychedelics in reaping psychological and pro-social advantages, they are not enough to suggest that the impact of these drugs can help alleviate anti-social impulses. Experts stressed that though the effects of LSD and similar substances may not be as hazardous as common illicit drugs like cocaine or heroin, psychedelics can affect one’s mental health, if taken in excess or for prolonged periods.
Road to recovery
Psychedelics or hallucinogens are a group of drugs that have an ability to alter perception and thoughts. As psychedelic drugs are considered less addictive than opioids and stimulants, people think that such substances are less likely to cause intense physical side effects or overdose. However, this is a myth as psychedelic drugs like LSD are also dangerous if taken for a long period. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), adverse effects of the use of hallucinogens are not uncommon. Some of the common side effects of psychedelic drug abuse include increased heart rate and blood pressure, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, and muscular pain.
The use of LSD and other psychedelic drugs are rampant among teenagers across the U.S. Sovereign Health understands the plight of a teenager suffering from addiction to illicit substances, including LSD. Our Rancho San Diego facility makes available a host of necessary treatment procedures and behavioral therapies for its patients looking for relief from LSD addiction. For more information about treatment for LSD addiction, call our 24/7 helpline number. You may also chat online with one of our representatives for expert advice about recovery from drug abuse in your vicinity.