Mushrooms, Ketamine And Weed Are The Safest Recreational Drugs

According to the world’s largest annual drug survey, out of all common recreational drugs, psilocybin mushrooms, ketamine and cannabis pose the smallest risk of needing medical treatment.

The data comes from the recent 9th annual Global Drug Survey – the biggest drug survey in the world – which this year analysed the experience of more than 110,000 participants from over 50 countries.

Of the participants, 16.1% had taken magic mushrooms and 15.9% reported using ketamine in the last 12 months. 

For both groups, just 0.6% of people reported seeking emergency medical treatment following use of either drug. 

Cannabis users were the third less likely, with 0.7% seeking treatment, while 1% of cocaine, MDMA and LSD users reported needing treatment. 

This is compared to a global average of 4.1% of methamphetamine users, 3.2% of synthetic cannabinoid (spice) users, and 2% of alcohol users.

Heroin users had the highest rates of emergency medical care, with 12.7% reporting emergency treatment. 

It’s worth noting that the survey took place between November 7th and December 30th 2019, so are not affected by the COVID pandemic/lockdowns.

Previous research

The results of the survey are pretty well aligned with previous research, including a study published in the Lancet that found alcohol to be more harmful than heroin or crack when the overall dangers to the individual and society are considered.

Co-authored by Professor David Nutt, the former government chief drugs adviser who was sacked in 2009 following publication, the study ranked 20 drugs on 16 measures of harm to users and to wider society and found that magic mushrooms are the least harmful recreational drug. 

Heroin, crack and crystal meth were deemed worst for individuals, while alcohol, heroin and crack cocaine were the worst for society. Alcohol was found to be the worst overall.

The study also judged tobacco and cocaine to be equally harmful, while ecstasy and LSD were among the least damaging.

The study concluded that “the present drug classification systems [in the UK] have little relation to the evidence of harm.”

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A passionate cannabis proponent, Jack has been immersed in cannabis culture for over a decade. He launched High & Polite in 2017 and has since reached millions of people. He is the author of Overcoming Weed Dependence: The Truth About Addiction And The Secret To A Healthy Relationship With Cannabis

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One Comment on “Mushrooms, Ketamine And Weed Are The Safest Recreational Drugs”

  1. In my opinion alcohol is by far the worst thing to happen to society. I mean some people have a bottle of wine or two after a hard days work in front of the tv and that’s fine we all have our vices and mine is herb. But alcoholics cause so many problems like being very loud and inconsiderate people who get that pissed day and night they have no cares to the people around them. And they take up police cells and hospital beds and cause fights and just being silly under the influence. I just like peace and you never get it if you live around alcoholics. Alcohol kills and cannabis doesn’t and yet cannabis is still illegal for some weird reason. Cannabis smokers cause no harm and just wanna chill and watch tv and things. Our governments are so backwards in their way of thinking. I bet these people who appose cannabis all drink alcohol. Hypocrites the lot of them. #makealcoholillegal #makecannabislegal

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