Psychology

Classic psychedelic drugs may reduce criminal behaviour, says recent study

“Our findings suggest the protective effects of classic psychedelic use are attributable to genuine reductions in antisocial behaviour rather than reflecting improved evasion of arrest. Simply put, the positive effects associated with classic psychedelic use appear to be reliable. Given the costs of criminal behaviour, the potential represented by this treatment paradigm is significant.” -UBC Okanagan’s Associate Professor of Psychology Zach Walsh

Research suggesting that magic mushrooms can cure depression was out and now a new study reveals that common psychedelic drugs may help in reducing criminal offences. The recent study was done using data obtained by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, which is administered by the US Department of Health and Human Services. The researchers collected data of 13 years, from over 4,80,000 adults in the United States to explore the connection between the use of classic psychedelic substances and criminal behaviour. During the survey, the respondents were asked whether they used any classic psychedelics in the past. [Zach] found out that psychedelic drugs such as magic mushrooms, LSD and mescaline (a substance derived from the peyote cactus) are associated with a decreased likelihood of an antisocial criminal behaviour. Zach Walsh said: “These findings add to a growing body of research suggesting that use of classic psychedelics may have positive effects on reducing antisocial behaviour.”

Original Article (International Business Times India):
Classic psychedelic drugs may reduce criminal behaviour, says recent study
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