Study: Tripping Balls Is Actually Good For Your Brain
A new study suggests that taking LSD, peyote, or mushrooms doesn’t lead to mental health issues, and may even prevent them. So … you got any tabs?
By Michael Irons
Remember all those times you did tons of drugs in college? (If you answered yes, you probably didn’t do tons of drugs in college.) Well, according to some Norwegian scientists — the ones who don’t spend all their time studying reindeer — the LSD, mushrooms, and peyote you took to get mangled won’t have negative long-term effects on your mental well-being.
Researchers at the Norwegian University of Science used survey answers from 130,000 randomly chosen people, including 22,000 who had used psychedelic drugs in the past. Based on that info, they were able to determine that the risk of developing mental health problems did not increase with psychedelic drug use. In fact, the research showed that people who tripped actually had fewer mental health issues than people who’d never playplayeding invisible checkers with pink and yellow cockroaches.
So why or how, exactly, did their study render such results? Great question! We can’t answer it — and neither can the eggheads who crunched the numbers. Instead, they were all “clinical trials back us up” and people report “deeply meaningful experience and lasting beneficial effects” from their trips. Whatever you say, hippies!