Mushrooms and Marijuana Are the Safest Recreational Drugs, According to New Survey
Miles Klee - Mic
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May 26, 2017
Deep in the mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico natives have been using psilocybin mushrooms, or 'magic mushrooms' for thousands of years not as a drug, but as a medicine to heal both physical and mental disorders. (Reset.me)
According to the annual Global Drug Survey, psilocybin hallucinogenic mushrooms are the safest recreational drug — with marijuana a close second.
Out of 120,000 people surveyed in 50 countries, more than 12,000 reported that they had taken "magic" mushrooms in 2016 — and just 0.2% of that group needed medical attention as a result. By comparison, 0.6% of marijuana users had a medical problem as a result of the drug, the second-least dangerous according to the study.
On the other side of the spectrum, the three most dangerous substances were alcohol (1.3% medical emergency rate), synthetic cannabis (3.2%) and methamphetamine (4.8%).
Results from the 2017 Global Drug Survey - click to enlarge
"People don’t tend to abuse psychedelics" like mushrooms, marijuana or LSD, Adam Winstock, the addiction psychiatrist who founded of the Global Drug Survey, told the Guardian. Psychedelics don't create dependency or "rot every organ from head to toe, and many would cite their impact upon their life as profound and positive. But you need to know how to use them.”
... Meanwhile, synthetic cannabinoids — potent chemical products designed to imitate the effects of THC, marijuana's psychoactive compound, bearing names like "K2," "spice" and "black mamba" — were shown to be far riskier to one's health than plain Mary Jane. The potential negative side effects include vomiting, kidney damage, heart problems, blackouts and psychosis.
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