New research suggests psychedelic drugs may make people less prone to violence
Researchers at the University of Alabama recently published a study that seems to indicate taking psychedelic drugs such as LSD and mushrooms lowers the chance of the user committing a violent crime.
Published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, individuals who had consumed psychedelics were found to be 12% less likely to commit assault, 18% less likely to be arrested for a violent crime, and 27% less likely to commit a theft than those who had not taken the drugs — numbers the study contends are “reliable” enough to establish positive effects for those who indulge.
From 2002–2014, 480,000 individuals were surveyed for the study. The study additionally found that, for lifetime users of hallucinogens, 47–68% were more likely to sell drugs and describe those activities as beneficial to their clients for the substances medicinal and therapeutic qualities.
The research also indicates that drug users who partake in cocaine and ecstasy are more likely to commit crimes than others.