Higher is Healthier?

Psychedelic science

Despite what you might have learned from old government-sponsored black-and-white educational films or hippie-era exploitation flicks, psychedelic drugs do not drive you inexorably insane. A new study in PLoSOne, an online peer-reviewed journal from the Public Library of Science, examined survey results from over 130,000 U.S. adults, more than 21,000 of whom had used psychedelics, and found there are "no significant associations between lifetime use of any psychedelics, lifetime use of specific psychedelics (LSD, psilocybin, mescaline, peyote), or past year use of LSD and increased rate of any of the mental health outcomes" they examined.

Those prospective bad outcomes included "serious psychological distress…mental health treatment…symptoms of eight psychiatric disorders…and seven specific symptoms of non-affective psychosis." In "several cases," neuroscientists Teri S. Krebs and Pal-Orjan Johansen of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology actually found "psychedelic use was associated with lower rate of mental health problems." Psychedelic users also had higher educational attainment and income than non-users.

The study was restricted to surveys from 2001 to 2004, so it did not include a longitudinal study of possible lifetime effects, positive or negative. But Krebs told Science Newsline that "over the past 50 years tens of millions of people have used psychedelics, and there just is not much evidence of long-term problems."

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    Most nutso, chronic drug users are self medicating for pre-existing mental health issues. I have no doubt that too much drug use can damage the brain, but hysteria over the boogeyman drug of the week is nonsense.

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  • np||

    In "several cases," neuroscientists Teri S. Krebs and Pal-Orjan Johansen of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology actually found "psychedelic use was associated with lower rate of mental health problems."

    I've read how LSD can be used to treat various mental disorders. I think many people still freak out at the thought of treating LSD like regular medicine though.

  • np||

    Psychedelic users also had higher educational attainment and income than non-users

    hmmm... LSD, the genius pill?

    The legendary molecular biologist Francis Crick had told his Cambridge fellow, Dick Kemp, that he surprisingly had “perceived the double-helix shape while on LSD.”

    Kary Banks Mullis was an American biochemist who won the 1993 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for making valuable improvements to polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technique. Mullies once told California Monthly that he “took plenty of LSD”.

    Paul Erdös was a leading Hungarian mathematician and a highly prolific author. Known for his eccentric personality, reportedly wasn’t able to get any mathematical work done for almost a month when he quit taking amphetamine as he’d made a $500 bet with his friend Ronald Graham.

    Ralph Abraham is a prominent American mathematician. In an interview with GQ magazine, Abraham discussed how psychedelic insights had helped influence his mathematical theories. He took LSD and other psychedelic drugs.

  • Harvard||

    Stiffy Curdle was an American classmate of mine who hasn't been right since he launched an expedition to "caress the sun" from his mother's second story bedroom window on his third mesc/acid expo.

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  • CalvinS||

    I usually love the articles posted and referenced on Reason, however, this one is poo. Doherty is usually a very thoughtful and educated writer, but in this article he presents the results of an observational cohort study as if they show causation, or really have any meaning at all. As an opponent of the drug war, I really enjoy scoffing at the warriors as they present junk science as valid and constantly arrive at illogical conclusions from what they see in the world around them. If we try and hold up studies like the one referenced in Doherty's article in our fight against the drug war, we will fall into the same trap and look just as stupid. To be fair to Doherty, he never explicitly implied causation, he just wasn't careful to not imply it, and from reading the comments, I'd say some of his readers went ahead and inferred it.

  • Acosmist||

    Oh dear, now the selection bias trap into which you fell is there for everyone to read.

  • steve baker||

    Back in the late 60-early 70's, whenever one of our heavy psychedelic using friends had to get married we'd recycle our jokes about two-headed baby sweaters.

    Never did need one though.

  • Car Scanner||

    I don't think psychedelics is a good thing.

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