Experts say that recent research has shown people who use psychedelic drugs such as mushrooms, LSD and psilocybin have lower odds of developing psychological distress. The study also found no marked increase in the risk for mental health problems like anxiety or depression.

“How do death seekers differ from death darers?” This research is important because it shows that psychedelic use may not be as risky as we think.

Research Reveals Lower Odds of Psychological Distress With Psychedelic Use

According to the CDC, an estimated 12.2 million American adults considered suicide seriously in 2020. According to the CDC, one suicide occurs every 11 minutes, which would be far greater if all individuals contemplating suicide actually did so.

In terms of psychological anguish, it was shown that depending on the time of year, between 34 and 43 percent of people feel substantial psychological distress. Psilocybin with MDMA, according to recent studies, may lessen the risk of psychological discomfort and suicidal ideation.

While psychological discomfort and suicidal thoughts may not seem to be as dangerous as suicide, reducing the risk of both may lessen the incidence of suicides. According to the CDC, out of the 12.2 million Americans who have considered suicide, 3.2 million have formulated a plan and 1.2 million have carried it out—whether successfully or not.

Suicide Thoughts and Psychological Distress

Suicidal thoughts are defined as thoughts about taking one’s own life through self-injury and can also include abstract thoughts about how people would be better off without you in the world. Psychological distress is a broad term that refers to “non-specific symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression,” while suicidal thoughts are defined as thoughts about taking one’s own life through self-injury.

Suicidal sentiments or psychological discomfort are described by some persons as follows:

  • “I couldn’t see beyond the discomfort.” For me, it was a different reality. “All I knew was that I wanted the agony and misery to cease.” – Unidentified
  • “I spend a lot of time imagining what it’s like to die.” What it sounds like to die. If I explode like those notes, letting forth my last screams of agony before being quiet forever. If you listen closely enough, I could transform into a hazy static that’s hardly audible.” Warga, Jasmine
  • “A depressed person is selfish because her self, the core of who she is, won’t leave her alone, and she can’t stop thinking about it and how to escape it any more than a prisoner kept hostage by a cruel serial murderer can forget about the person who comes in to torment her every day.” Her mind is torturing her body. Breathing, eating, walking, and thinking ache. The massive motions of her limbs are so exhausting that delicate muscle movements or quick wit required to write, much alone really express anything, are utterly out of the question.” – Pershall, Stacy
  • “I don’t want to die most of the time.” But I’d prefer to have control over the way of dying. I want to have the luxury of choice, to know that the answer to the question, “How do I endure this?” does not necessarily have to be “Endure.” Anna Lyndsey says
  • “I don’t sleep because I’m terrified of the monsters outside my door as well as the monsters my imagination can make up.” “Those who reside inside.” Shannon, Samantha

Suicidal anguish and psychological discomfort are, as you can see, significant and complicated symptoms. Suicide is one of the world’s major causes of mortality due to psychological discomfort and suicidal attempts.

Psilocybin with MDMA

The study conducted by Grant Jones and Matthew Nock was published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology with the aim of assessing whether there is a relationship between Psilocybin with MDMA and psychological distress/suicide risk. The researchers begin by explaining that the number of suicides in America continues to increase despite an increase in people getting assistance for psychological distress and suicidal thoughts, which furthers the need for finding potentially more effective means of reducing the suicides and addressing the root (what causes psychological distress and suicidal thoughts).

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The researchers go on to link psychological distress and suicidal thoughts to experiences of violence resulting in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Considering this connection and the fact that MDMA and ecstasy have previously shown promise as a treatment for those with chronic and treatment-resistant PTSD, its assistance in lowering the odds of psychological distress and suicidal thoughts is pretty logical. However, between Psilocybin with MDMA, the latter has received the most attention for its therapeutic potential despite the fact that both appear to have promise as therapeutics.

The researchers looked at lifetime usage of MDMA/ecstasy, classic psychedelics (psilocybin, LSD, peyote, etc.), and more hazardous and man-made drugs like cocaine, heroin, PCP, and others to better understand the link between traditional recreational drugs and psychological distress/suicidal ideas. Inhalants, pain remedies, tranquilizers, stimulants, and other drugs were also on the squad.

The researchers looked at outcome factors that assess psychological distress, such as signs of current and previous psychological distress, as well as suicide thoughts, planning, and attempts. Feeling tense, despondent, restless, or fidgety was included in comprehending psychological discomfort, as was feeling “so unhappy or dejected that nothing could cheer you up, feeling that everything had an effect, and feeling down on yourself, no good, or useless.”

Psychedelics Have Potential

The researchers were able to corroborate their hypothesis concerning lifetime usage of MDMA/ecstasy, linking it with “decreased likelihood of previous year suicidal thought and planning” using all available data plus data they acquired themselves. Psilocybin was shown to be “marginally linked with lowered chances of past year suicidal planning and a past year suicide attempt,” as well as “decreased odds of past month psychological distress and past year suicidal ideation.”

Despite the rising body of data supporting the effectiveness of alternative drugs for suicidal thoughts and behaviors (STBs), the researchers say further research is needed, particularly since they can’t “infer causation from this observational study.” While there isn’t enough evidence to draw clear conclusions about whether MDMA/ecstasy and psilocybin may successfully lessen psychological discomfort and suicidal thoughts, there is enough to suggest that they can.

People who are experiencing psychological discomfort and suicidal thoughts should carefully consider using such alternative drugs under the supervision of a specialist. Remember that, although some medications have been claimed to be useful anecdotally, they are mostly prohibited, and that self-medicating may be harmful, resulting in more negative side effects. We urge that you seek treatment from a facility that has been trained, authorized, and licensed to utilize such drugs in therapy.


Note: Veriheal does not condone the unlawful use of medicinal chemicals like psychedelics, but recognizes that it occurs due to the present illegal status, which we want to alter by campaigning for research, legal access, and responsible usage. Always seek medical advice before considering alternative treatments.

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Chane Leigh, nicknamed The Bud Fairy, is a cannabis advocate and enthusiast from South Africa with a fiery personality and a desire to travel. She enjoys educating others and challenging social conventions.

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