Drop Acid to Drop the Crime Rate

By David Jenison on November 20, 2017

Illicit substances are often associated with criminal behavior, but aside from violating drug-prohibition laws, do people on drugs commit more crimes? In the case of psychedelics, it appears to be the exact opposite. 

A new study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology in October 2017 utilized 13 years of data to test "the relationships of classic psychedelic use and psilocybin use per se with criminal behavior among over 480,000 United States adult respondents." Per the findings, individuals who took psychedelics at least once in their lifetimes were less likely to have committed past-year larceny, theft or assault or been arrested for a property or violent crime. In contrast, the lifetime use of other prohibited drugs often corresponded with an increased likelihood of such outcomes. 

"Results were consistent with a protective effect of psilocybin for antisocial criminal behavior," the researchers concluded. "These findings contribute to a compelling rationale for the initiation of clinical research with classic psychedelics, including psilocybin, in forensic settings."

Drug prohibitionists love to conflate correlation and causation, so to take a page from their propaganda playbook, psychedelic drugs help fight crime, so maybe it's time for all adults to drop acid for a safer tomorrow. 

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