Could Psychedelics Be An Effective Suicide Prevention Measure?

The new wave of research on the medical applications of psychedelic drugs has suggested that these substances may hold considerable promise as therapeutic interventions for a number of mental health conditions. And according to new research, use of “classic” psychedelics — psilocybin (magic mushrooms), LSD and mescaline — may also be an effective suicide prevention measure.

University of Alabama at Birminghamon researchers studied data on 190,000 American adults, collected between 2008 and 2012 as part of the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The data showed that lifetime psychedelic use was associated with a 19 percent reduction in past-month psychological distress, a 14 percent reduced likelihood of past-year suicidal thinking, a 29 percent reduced likelihood of past-year suicidal planning. Those who had used psychedelics had a 36 percent reduced likelihood of attempting suicide in the past year. Lifetime use of non-psychedelic illicit drugs, on the other hand, was linked with an increased likelihood of these outcomes.

While the study doesn’t offer an answer as to why the use of psychedelics was correlated with reduced psychological distress and suicidality, it does suggest that more research could be helpful in determining whether psychedelics hold —> Read More Here


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