According to new research published in the Journal Psychopharmacology, the use of psychedelic drugs does not increase a person’s risk of developing mental health problems, writes the publication PsyPost.
According to Norwegian clinical psychologist Pål-Ørjan Johansen and neuroscientist Teri Suzanne Krebs, the findings show that most of the claims about the harms from psychedelic drugs like LSD, “magic” psilocybe mushrooms, and mescaline-containing cacti are unfounded.
“There is little evidence linking psychedelic use to lasting mental health problems,” according to the findings.
“In general, use of psychedelics does not appear to be particularly dangerous when compared to other activities considered to have acceptable safety,” the researchers wrote in the study.
“Concern about psychedelic use seems to have been based on media sensationalism, lack of information and cultural biases, rather than evidence-based harm assessments.”