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Magic Mushrooms: The Safest Drug

Postby Rob Lister » Wed May 24, 2017 11:03 am

Study finds mushrooms are the safest recreational drug

People taking mushrooms in 2016 needed medical treatment less than for MDMA, LSD and cocaine, while one of the riskiest drugs was synthetic cannabis

Mushrooms are the safest of all the drugs people take recreationally, according to this year’s Global Drug Survey.

Of the more than 12,000 people who reported taking psilocybin hallucinogenic mushrooms in 2016, just 0.2% of them said they needed emergency medical treatment – a rate at least five times lower than that for MDMA, LSD and cocaine.

“Magic mushrooms are one of the safest drugs in the world,” said Adam Winstock, a consultant addiction psychiatrist and founder of the Global Drug Survey, pointing out that the bigger risk was people picking and eating the wrong mushrooms.

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The article goes on to say that recent studies show that the use of psilocybin as a treatment for chronic anxiety and depression shows promising and long term benefits. This is something I already knew about and have considered trying. In my youth I experimented a few times with mushrooms and it was a very positive experience.

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Re: Magic Mushrooms: The Safest Drug

Postby Anaxagoras » Wed May 24, 2017 11:25 am

Took them once maybe twice a long time ago. Don't remember very well. Not a big enough sample size for me to form a strong opinion about the drug. I think it was better than LSD. My LSD experiences were not very pleasant. I would not drop acid again if given the opportunity. Not nearly as fun or mind-expanding as I had imagined it would be.

I see heroin and opioids are not on the list though.
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Re: Magic Mushrooms: The Safest Drug

Postby Rob Lister » Wed May 24, 2017 11:45 am

Anaxagoras wrote:I see heroin and opioids are not on the list though.


Yea. Wow. I downloaded the 125 page survey and there is almost no mention of opioids. There's no mention that I can find as to why they are excluded.

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Re: Magic Mushrooms: The Safest Drug

Postby Abdul Alhazred » Wed May 24, 2017 1:00 pm

Maybe because they are so very not safe that if you included them weed as well as mushrooms would look miniscule on the graph.
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Re: Magic Mushrooms: The Safest Drug

Postby sparks » Thu May 25, 2017 2:38 am

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Re: Magic Mushrooms: The Safest Drug

Postby Doctor X » Thu May 25, 2017 6:13 am

Anaxagoras wrote:Took them once maybe twice a long time ago. Don't remember very well. Not a big enough sample size for me to form a strong opinion about the drug. I think it was better than LSD. My LSD experiences were not very pleasant. I would not drop acid again if given the opportunity. Not nearly as fun or mind-expanding as I had imagined it would be.

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Re: Magic Mushrooms: The Safest Drug

Postby Rob Lister » Thu May 25, 2017 10:14 am

As I look at the report, I think they're using the wrong metric. Or at least one can't really say that this drug or that is safest just by counting ER visits. For example, alcohol is on par with cannabis; 1.3 and .6 respectively. Alcohol poisoning is a real medical condition. Paranoia--which is about the worst thing cannabis can do--is not.

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Re: Magic Mushrooms: The Safest Drug

Postby Abdul Alhazred » Thu May 25, 2017 12:07 pm

Could be tobacco is the "most dangerous" but long term chronic effects are not covered by ER visits.
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Re: Magic Mushrooms: The Safest Drug

Postby Anaxagoras » Thu May 25, 2017 1:49 pm

Drunk driving accidents don't seem to part of the calculus either.

As far as why they don't consider opiods, could it be because they don't consider them to be a "recreational" drug?
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