The ‘Safest’ Recreational Drug You Can Ever Take Has Been Revealed

Only 0.2% of people who took this drug required medical care of any kind.

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Most of us are aware of the dangers that come with taking drugs, but have you ever wondered what the ‘safest’ drug was?

Millions of people take recreational drugs all over the world, but new research has been revealed which offers us a real look at just how harmful the world’s most popular drugs are.

According to the 2017 Global Drug survey, the ‘safest’ drug you can ever take is magic mushrooms.

10,000 people who took the drug over the past year took part in the study, while only 0.2% required emergency medical treatment afterwards.

Magic mushrooms, or psilocybin mushrooms, contain a substance which has been recognised as a class A drug since 1971. The substance produces an LSD-like psychedelic effect on the brain, only in weaker quantities.

Meanwhile, the most dangerous drug in the survey was revealed to be Methamphetamine, with 4.8% of users requiring medical care after taking the substance.

Synthetic marijuana, also known as Spice, was the second most harmful drug, with 3.2% of people requiring medical care after taking the substance.

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Alcohol, MDMA/Ecstacy, Amphetamine, LSD and Cocaine were all shown to be similarly dangerous, with 1.3 to 1% of users requiring medical care after use.

Cannabis was a significantly lower risk, with 0.6% of users requiring medical attention after taking the drug.

Of course, all of the drugs in the study can be harmful, and Dr Robin Carhart-Harris, head of psychedelic research at Imperial College, was quick to point out some of the dangers involved with taking magic mushrooms [via The Guardian].

The drugs have been known to cause anxiety and depersonalisation. However, the research has also suggested that the drug can have a positive effect on people suffering from depression, but only when taken knowingly and responsibly.

“They are not for teenagers. They make you psychologically vulnerable and you need the capacity to make sense of the experience,” he warned.

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Loaded staff writer Harry Fletcher has covered news, sport and entertainment for several major websites across the UK. Follow him on Twitter at @Harry__Fletcher.