Hallucinogenic drug use doubles in just three years

Although LSD is the most popular psychedelic drug, young adults are increasingly turning to psilocybin, a substance that is also used to treat depression.

A study published by Addiction Journal highlights that the consumption of psilocybin, a hallucinogenic drug, doubled between 2018 and 2021 . Megan Patrick, co-author of the report, indicated that the findings and results of the study are difficult to explain:

Doubling the prevalence in just three years is a dramatic increase and raises potential public health concerns. It is really difficult to explain these trends.

The percentage of young adults (8%) who claimed to have tried some type of hallucinogenic drug in 2021 also reflects a steady increase: 3% (in 2011); 5% (2016) and 8% (2021), according to federal data.

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