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Magic Mushrooms Are The Safest Recreational Drug, Survey Says

May 25, 2017 08:24 AM EDT

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(Photo : Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images) Magic Mushrooms beat marijuana and alcohol as the safest substance for people.

A lot of marijuana advocates and alcohol enthusiasts are debating and defending their choice as the safest and most commonly used recreational drugs in the world. However, a new survey shows that the magic mushrooms are actually the safest drugs among others.

In an article published in Live Science, a survey conducted among people who use magic mushrooms for recreational purposes show that it is the safest drug. On more than 12,000 people who participated in the survey, 0.2 percent of them said that they required emergency medical treatments. The survey also shows that methamphetamine or meth is the main cause of most emergency medical treatments.

Nearly five percent of the 1,500 people who admitted that they use meth said that they wound up needing treatment, according to the results of Global Drug Survey. This is the opposite of the survey found on magic mushrooms.

Still, it does not prove that drugs like magic mushrooms are completely harmless. The risks from all of the drug substance are also mentioned in the survey.

In an article published in E-Science News, long-term use of magic mushrooms could cause flashbacks and memory problems. On the other hand, meth is the drug with the second-highest rate of users needing emergency medical treatment.

The researchers noted that the results of the survey regarding magic mushrooms and other surveys could not be applicable to the general population. This survey is said to be only targeted to people who are in admits of using drugs. The survey also shows that alcohol is the most commonly used substance, with a 100 percent of the respondents said that they had drunk alcohol once in their lifetime. Marijuana is the runner up, with 78 percent of the respondents admitting to having used the drug once in their lifetime.

The Global Drug Survey is a London-based research group that focuses on drugs and how to make it safer to use. The 2017 survey results were published yesterday and it included responses from more than 115,000 participants based from 50 various countries.

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