According to a new survey, magic mushrooms are the safest recreational drug. The annual Global Drug Survey reported that only .2% of nearly 10,000 people who took psilocybin hallucinogenic mushrooms in 2016 reported that they needed emergency medical treatment.

The survey consisted of 120,000 participants in 50 countries found that the rate of emergency medical treatment was almost five times higher for MDMA, LSD, alcohol, and cocaine. The Guardian spoke with, Adam Winstock, a consultant addiction psychiatrist and founder of the Global Drug Survey.

“Combined use with alcohol and use within risky or unfamiliar settings increase the risks of harm most commonly accidental injury, panic and short-lived confusion, disorientation, and fears of losing one’s mind,” Winstock told the Guardian.

But while there have been unfortunate incidents involving mushrooms, like weeks ago, a tourist died after jumping from a fifth-floor balcony after drinking orange juice laced with magic mushrooms, according to the Tribun Bali, there are positive studies.

Studies have been shown that psilocybin mushrooms could help treat severe depression and anxiety. The report found that LSD users were more than five times as likely as mushroom users to seek emergency medical treatment, possibly because of the inaccuracy of dosages of the drug. According to the report, people in Colombia, New Zealand, Norway and Mexico were most likely to find and pick magic mushrooms themselves.

We do not condone drug use, but we know people will use anyways, so remember to be safe, have someone sober with you, and use test kits whenever possible.


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