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Psychedelic drugs reduce the risk of criminal behavior

October 18, 2017 16:19

According to researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, classic psychedelic drugs, eg, psilocybin ( "magic mushrooms"), LSD, mescaline and reduce the likelihood of criminal anti-social behavior.

The findings, published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, suggest that the treatment of psilocybin can reduce the risk of criminal behavior.

"These data, combined with the older evidence suggests that the classic hallucinogens provide benefits to people connected with the criminal world," - said Peter Hendriks. - They are, of course, suggest that clinical trials should be considered with classical drugs in legal terms. "

In the current study used data from a national survey on the consumption and use of drugs. The work shows that using psilocybin reduces the likelihood of theft, burglary, assault and other property and violent crimes.

Hendrix's team studied the behavior of more than 480,000 adults in the United States over the past 13 years. Respondents were questioned about the early use of a number of classical psychedelics including dimethyltryptamine, LSD, mescaline, and psilocybin mushrooms.

The use of drugs reduces the likelihood of theft and 27 percent of the attacks - 12 percent of arrest for violent crimes - 18 percent. On the contrary, the illegal use of other substances is strongly associated with a higher probability of criminal behavior.

"The classic psychedelics provide good psychological and social benefits They have long been used for therapeutic purposes,." - says Hendricks.

The data obtained will be the beginning of clinical studies classical psychedelics in forensic environments.

"The development of innovative and effective measures to prevent criminal behavior is an obvious priority, - he said -. Taking into account the costs associated with the prevention of criminal behavior, in this study a lot of potential."

Source: https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-10-psychedelic-drugs-criminal-behavior.html

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