Seeing opportunity in psychedelic drugs
New research into LSD and psilocybin makes a powerful argument against prohibition. ‘This study assures us that there were not widespread “acid casualties in the 1960s,” Charles Grob, a pediatric psychiatrist at UCLA, told Nature.’
Over 30 million U.S. adults have tried psychedelics and there just is not much evidence of health problems,” the author and clinical psychologist Pål-Ørjan Johansen said. Johanesen was careful to acknowledge that users of psychedelic drugs are not immune to bad trips, and are as susceptible as anyone else to mental-health issues. But his findings negate a common perception that drugs like LSD put users directly in danger—a justification used in criminalization.