Magic mushrooms are the safest drug people take recreationally, according to this year’s Global Drugs Survey. The study found only 0.2% out of almost 10,000 people who took mushrooms in 2016 said they needed emergency medical treatment.
It was a considerably lower rate than LSD; one tab of acid being much harder to accurately dose than one mushroom. The report reads:
"The rate is considerably lower than with LSD presumably because of intrinsic safety of magic mushrooms (the greatest risk is picking the wrong type), the smaller dosing using units (a single mushroom v an LSD tab) and greater understanding of how many mushrooms may constitute a typical dose fora desired effect in your region."
Synthetic cannabis came in at number two; with 3.2% (male + female) of respondents saying they needed emergency medical treatment.
Psychedelics are gaining traction in medicine, as research suggests that psilocybin (the active compound in mushrooms) could help the treatment of depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions. A study in May also suggested that psychedelics could lower the risk of suicide.
But before you go in search of some mind-expanding fungi, it’s worth noting that mushrooms are not without risk; especially if you pick the wrong ones.
Adam Winstock, a consultant addiction psychiatrist and founder of the Global Drugs Survey, told the Guardian: “Death from toxicity is almost unheard of with poisoning with more dangerous fungi being a much greater risk in terms of serious harms.”