Magic mushrooms are 'safest drugs' for recreational use, scientists say

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Researchers found that of all people who tripped on psilocybin hallucinogenic mushrooms in 2016, only 0.2 percent needed emergency medical attention, according to the annual recreational drug survey released Wednesday. The survey, of more than 120,000 participants in 50 countries, found that the rates of emergency medical treatment for MDMA, LSD, alcohol and cocaine were nearly five times higher.

"Drug laws need to balance the positives and problems they can create in society and well crafted laws should nudge people to find the right balance for themselves", said Winstock.

However, the founder of the Global Drug Survey, Adam Winstock, told the Guardian that magic mushrooms are not without risks and can cause confusion or panic attacks.

They're a powerful natural hallucinogen beloved of people who wear fluorescent clothing and listen to Goa trance - but magic mushrooms are actually very, very safe.

Yet hallucinogenic mushrooms aren't limited to recreational drug use. "Death from toxicity is nearly unheard of with poisoning with more unsafe fungi being a much greater risk in terms of serious harms".

But while there have been unfortunate incidents involving mushrooms, there have been studies that have shown psilocybin mushrooms could help treat severe depression and anxiety. "It's easy to take too much and have an experience beyond the one you were expecting".

Methamphetamine carried the greatest risk for seeking emergency medical treatment, followed by synthetic cannabinoids, which are sold under brand names like K2 and Spice, the survey found.

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