Psychedelic drug use 'does not increase risk for mental health problems'

An analysis of data provided by 135,000 randomly selected participants - including 19,000 people who had used drugs such as LSD and magic mushrooms - finds that use of psychedelics does not increase risk of developing mental health problems. The results are published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology.

Previously, the researchers behind the study - from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim - had conducted a population study investigating associations between mental health and psychedelic use. However, that study, which looked at data from 2001-04, was unable to find a link between use of these drugs and mental health problems.