Magic mushroom users in 2016 needed less medical treatment than users for MDMA, LSD and Cocaine, whereas synthetic cannabis was deemed the riskiest drug.
According to the Global Drug Survey, just 0.2% of 12,000 people who reported using magic mushrooms claimed they needed medical treatment, which is substantially less than those who used MDMA, LSD or cocaine.
“Magic mushrooms are one of the safest drugs in the world,” said Adam Winstock to The Gaurdian, emphasising the risk with mushrooms is picking and consuming the wrong type, “Death from toxicity is almost unheard of with poisoning with more dangerous fungi being a much greater risk in terms of serious harms.”
The Global Drug Survey 2o17 received almost 120,000 entries in 50 different countries. In total, 28,000 entries reported they had taken magic mushrooms at least once in their lives, 81.7% of these were looking for a ‘moderate psychedelic experience’ or to enhance their environment and social interactions.
Winstock also expressed how magic mushrooms aren’t completely harmless. “Combined use with alcohol and use within risky or unfamiliar settings increase the risks of harm most commonly accidental injury, panic and short lived confusion, disorientation and fears of losing one’s mind.”
He also advised for first time users to plan “your trip carefully with trusted company in a safe place and always know what mushrooms you are using”.