Psychedelic Mental Health

Prompted by “Psychedelics linked to reductions in suicide and distress”:

Some interesting highlights to piece together…

“Psychedelic users showed a significantly lower likelihood of recent psychological distress…”

“Correlation does not necessarily imply causation, however. ‘It might be that those who use psychedelics are inherently curious or spiritual, and that’s why they have better mental health,’ Hendricks told ‘We can’t control for that.’

‘No one study is going to answer every question,’ he continued. ‘But we need to be able to go where the studies lead us. Right now that suggests that these substances can be protective for mental health.'”

“The results align with another recent study, completed by a Norwegian team in 2013, which also linked psychedelic use to improved mental health. In that study, psychedelic users were shown to have a lower incidence of psychosis, anxiety, mood disorders, social phobia, and PTSD. Users also had lower rates of psychological distress, outpatient mental health treatment, and psychiatric medications.”

“Hendricks concedes that, although psychedelics are associated with improved mental health in general, using them still carries personal risks and may occasionally do more harm than good.”

“Even in the form of black market drugs, taken in recreational settings and without any formal preparation or education, psychedelics appear to improve mental health in the general population. Now imagine a culture that emphasized responsible use…”

That sums up where the combination of Stress Health’s Mind Always Matters and Respect Cannabis campaigns are heading.

I am an honest freak (or reasonably responsibly balanced "misfit", if you prefer) of an artist working and resting to best carefully contribute towards helping society. Too many people abuse reasoning (e.g. 'partial truth = whole truth' scam), while I exercise reason to explore and express whole truth without any conflict-of-interest -- all within a sometimes offbeat style of psychedelic artistry.

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