Classic psychedelic use found to be protective with regard to psychological distress and suicidality, study finds

Classic psychedelic use found to be protective with regard to psychological distress and suicidality, study finds

Classic psychedelics, such as LSD, psilocybin mushrooms and mescaline, previously have been shown to occasion lasting improvements in mental health. But researchers led by University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health investigators wanted to advance the existing research and determine whether classic psychedelics might be protective with regard to suicidal thoughts and behaviors.

Approximately 30,000 lives in the United States are claimed by suicide every year, and more than 90 percent of victims have been diagnosed with , according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Using data from more than 190,000 respondents of the National Survey on Drug Use and Health from 2008-2012, the researchers found that those who reported ever having used a classic psychedelic drug in their lifetime had a decreased likelihood of psychological distress in the past month, and decreased suicidal thinking, planning and attempts in the past year.

"Despite advances in treatments, generally have not declined in the past 60 years. Novel and potentially more effective interventions need to be explored," said Peter S. Hendricks, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Health Behavior and lead study author. "This study sets the stage for future research to test the efficacy of classic psychedelics in addressing suicidality as well as pathologies associated with increased (e.g., affective disturbance, addiction and impulsive-aggressive personality traits)."

Hendricks says the take-home message from this study is that classic psychedelics may hold great promise in the prevention of suicide and evaluating the therapeutic effectiveness of classic psychedelics should be a priority for future research.

This study was recently published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology.


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Jan 21, 2015
i think we should listen to what the mushroom is trying to tell us. the mushroom and homosapien have a symbiotic bond going back millennia.

who made psilocybin and cannabis against the law? qui bono?

take back your mind. take back what is rightfully and naturally yours.


Jan 21, 2015
who made psilocybin and cannabis against the law? qui bono?

Greedy sociopaths on the take from beer-brewers, and politicians who wanted to appeal to our worst instincts by out-grouping minorities who liked those drugs.

I have seen how people act on alcohol and weed. The same person who is unmanageable and a danger to himself and others on alcohol, is quiet, sociable, and docile on weed. I would go so far as to say that if we had to have EITHER alcohol OR weed illegal, that alcohol should be the one to go. Weed doesn't shut down your frontal lobes and make you think everything you do is right, as alcohol does.

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