It’s been known for a hot minute that despite what years of Government anti-drug policy might tell you, psychedelics are actually not as bad for you as your parents probably think.
Besides the fact that they can actually help to treat depression, quit smoking and are otherwise pretty fucking fun, it turns out that psychedelics actually decrease the likelihood of committing crimes associated with “antisocial” behaviour, like theft or assault.
A study by researchers at the University of British Columbia and the University of Alabama looked at 480,000 people who responded to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health to determine the correlation between psychedelic users and past criminal behaviour.
The study found that those with lifetime psychedelic use were less likely to commit theft, assault, property crime, or other violent crime in the past year. To be fair though, when I’m tripping bawls I can barely figure out how to open a zipper, let alone punch on with some random.
Respondents who did admit to being longtime users had a 27 percent lower chance of having committed larceny and 22 percent lower chance of having committed a violent crime in the past 12 months. The study found that other illicit drugs were actually associated with increased odds of committing the same offences.
“More research is needed to figure out what factors underlie these effects,” Zach Walsh, an associate professor at the University of British Columbia and a co-author of the paper, told Science Daily. “But the experiences of unity, positivity, and transcendence that characterize the psychedelic experience may have lasting benefits that translate into real-world consequences.”
However, the study did note that one crime seemed to be a common occurrence amongst psychedelic users, drug dealing.
Oh well, it’s better that someone flips a cheeky profit then punches someone in the back of the head and kills them.
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