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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Psychedelic Drugs and Mental Health Problems

PSYCHEDELIC DAY
Psychedelic drugs can confuse the brain by flooding neuro-chemical receptors with serotonin, dopamine, and endorphins all at once producing a variety of effects. Often times consumers of psychedelics experience vivid hallucinations that many experts believe is not good for the brain. However, experts now have reason to think that psychedelics do not cause long term mental health problems, according to new research.

LSD, mushrooms (psilocybin), or the cactus peyote buttons do not increase a person's risk of developing mental health problems, according to researchers. An analysis of information from more than 130,000 randomly chosen people, including 22,000 people who had used psychedelics at least once, was conducted by researchers.

Data from a US national health survey that focused on the association, if any, between psychedelic drug use and mental health problems, was observed by researchers in Norway. Teri Krebs and clinical psychologist Pal-Orjan Johansen, from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology's (NTNU) Department of Neuroscience analyzed the survey.

They found no link between the use of psychedelic drugs and a number of common mental health problems. Conversely, they determined that there were some significant associations between the use of psychedelic drugs and fewer mental health problems.

It should be noted that the research did not look at the effects on long term continued psychedelic use and the effects it might have on the brain. It is probably fair to say that chronic use of these types of drugs could not be good for the brain.

 The results are published in the journal PLOS ONE and are freely available online.
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