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 years 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.
Death from toxicity is almost unheard of with poisoning with more dangerous fungi being a much greater risk in terms of serious harms.
Global Drug Survey 2017, with almost 120,000 participants in 50 countries, is the worlds biggest annual drug survey, with questions that cover the types of substances people take, patterns of use and whether they experienced any negative effects.
Overall, 28,000 people said they had taken magic mushrooms at some point in their lives, with 81.7% seeking a moderate psychedelic experience and the enhancement of environment and social interactions.