‘Magic’ Mushrooms Are The Safest Recreational Drugs, But Long-Term Use Can Cause Memory Problems

Studies have established that illegal drugs and over indulgence in alcohol is bad for health. There are a variety of drugs available in the market today and some are more potent than others, making them more dangerous.

A new global survey performed by a UK firm revealed how widely each drug is used, as well as detailed how dangerous they are based on interactions with users.

Surprisingly, in the list of drugs, “magic” mushrooms was determined to be the safest recreational drug in the world today, while methamphetamine was the most dangerous.

The Global Drug Survey

A London-based research group Global Drug Survey works to implement ways to make drug use safer. It shared the complete survey data regarding the characteristics of drug and alcohol use in 2016 in a report on Thursday, May 24. The survey considered 115,000 people from 50 countries to determine the final results.

The analysts established the risk associated with a drug after studying the number of times users had to seek medical attention after indulging in that particular drug. The researchers also noted that the results were not related to the general population, but limited to those who used drugs.

‘Magic’ Mushrooms: The Least Dangerous Drug

After interacting and collecting data from 12,000 “magic” mushroom users, analysts determined that only 0.2 percent of them sought emergency medical attention after ingesting the drug in 2016. This is why the psilocybin hallucinogenic mushrooms were listed as the least dangerous drug, which is currently in use.

However, researchers warned that being the least dangerous did not imply that the mushrooms do not have an adverse effect on the body. According to the National Institutes of Health its prolonged use causes flashbacks and memory problems.

How Did The Other Drugs Fare?

Methamphetamine was determined to be the most dangerous drug on the planet in 2016 after around 5 percent of the 1,500 people who reported using it, said that they had to seek medical attention.

Roughly 3.2 percent of the 1,300 synthetic cannabinoids users reported they had to visit the hospital after taking the drug, making it the second most dangerous drug of 2016. Nearly 1.2 percent of the 25,000 MDMA users reported seeking medical treatment after using the drug, while 1 percent of 22,000 cocaine users said the same.

Researchers also discovered that almost 100 percent subjects reported having consumed alcohol at some point of time and around 94 percent said they had it in 2016. This made alcohol the most commonly-used substance in the survey.

The complete report from the Global Drug Survey is available online.

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