UBC study finds psychedelic drugs may help curb domestic violence

“Now researchers at the University of B.C. say the drugs may help curb domestic violence committed by men with substance abuse problems”.

The UBC Okanagan study, published last week in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, found that 42 per cent of U.S. adult male prisoners who did not take psychedelic drugs after their release were arrested within six years for domestic battery, compared to 27 per cent for those who had taken drugs such as LSD, psilocybin (magic mushrooms) and MDMA (ecstasy). One of the researchers was Zach Walsh, the co-director for UBC Okanagan’s Centre for the Advancement of Psychological Science and Law. He said overall the study speaks to the public health potential of psychedelic drugs in contrast to prevailing attitudes that they are harmful. “As existing treatments for intimate partner violence are insufficient, we need to take new perspectives such as this seriously,” he said. Walsh said with proper dosage and setting, scientists might see “even more profound effects.”

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