The Global Drug Survey recently released the results of its 2017 survey on recreational drug use in 2016 and its effects. According to it, while marijuana and alcohol may be the most common variants, magic mushrooms are the safest.
The London-based research group, the Global Drug Survey, based its study on responses gathered from over 115,000 people living in 50 countries all around the globe. For this study, the researchers looked at the number of people seeking emergency medical treatment after having consumed recreational drugs.
By monitoring this factor, the team states that they can get a better reading of the risks and acute harms brought by the consumption of different substances. The results of this particular study only apply to people that do use recreational drugs.
Magic Mushrooms Revealed the Lowest Reported Rate of Emergency Medical Treatment
Survey reports show that alcohol is the most commonly used recreational substance. Almost 100 percent of the study respondents reported having drunk alcohol at least once in the past year. Marijuana was the second most common drug, with 78 percent of those questioned admitting to having used it. 60 percent among them reported its use in the past year.
According to the study, 1.3 percent of the people reported needing emergency medical treatment after consuming alcohol. The rate was lower, at 0.6 percent, for those that used marijuana.
When comparing results, the survey team deemed magic mushrooms as being the safest recreational drugs. Over 12,000 people reported using them. Still, just 0.2 percent requiring emergency medical treatment afterward.
Magic mushrooms are a sort of psilocybin fungi whose psychedelic compounds can induce mind-altering effects. These include reality distortions, hallucinations, an altered time perception, among others.
In contrast, methamphetamine had the highest number of emergency medical visits, coming up to about 5 percent.
Although the survey established the “safest” drug, none of the substances in the study are harmless, and their use comes with quite a number of risks. The National Institutes of Health underlines that a long-term use of magic mushrooms can lead to memory problems and flashbacks, to give just one example.
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