Study: Psychedelics Could Reduce Domestic Violence

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Study: Psychedelics Could Reduce Domestic Violence

Domestic violence, no matter who it is between, is a serious matter. That is why science is working hard to find ways to tackle it. The most recent positive findings lie with the use of hallucinogens.

Hallucinogens can clear the cobwebs of the mind, reconnect us with the world around us, and show us insights we would not have otherwise realised. Those of you who use them on a regular basis, such as LSD, magic mushrooms, or magic truffles, will know this power first-hand. It is also a power science is showing more and more appreciation for with each passing study. The most recent research to be published on the nature of psychedelics has found that the significant insights they uncover reduces the likelihood of domestic violence between couples.

The research in question, conducted by the University of British Columbia together with the University of Alabama, followed 302 men aged 18-40 that were undergoing proceedings in the criminal justice system. It was found that over a seven-year period, only 27% of those who reported using hallucinogens were arrested for domestic violence, compared 42% of the men who claimed they had never used hallucinogens.

It is a pretty significant difference and one that suggests much more investigation is needed. If expanded upon, it could revolutionise the way society deals with domestic violence, and how it is treated and prevented.

Of course, the real question currently is why? Well, as mentioned, those who are well acquainted with hallucinogens will have already experienced the more compassionate and empathetic nature it can induce – the connection it creates to our surrounds often dispel feeling of hate and anger. The authors of the study had the following reasoning:

"Although we're attempting to better understand how or why these substances may be beneficial, one explanation is that they can transform people's lives by providing profoundly meaningful spiritual experiences that highlight what matters most. Often, people are struck by the realization that behaving with compassion and kindness toward others is high on the list of what matters."


Psychedelics have been around for thousands of years, with even the most recent varieties, like LSD, having been popular for decades. Yet, despite this, we are only now discovering the potential therapeutic value of these illicit substances – or should we say, rediscovering.

Many of these beneficial effects were being research back in the 50’s, but due to the War on Drugs, all research was ignored in favour of political fearmongering, allowing the insights to fade away into time. It is only now, with a more informed society, that science has been allowed to start investigating hallucinogens again. In the short few years since research started back up, scientists have found a plethora of positive results with very profound implications. These implications include treating such conditions as PTSD, cluster headaches, and even helping repair brain damage.

We are only just scratching the surface. As long as the governments of the world do not regress, the future of psychedelic based therapy is very bright, indeed.



Written by: Josh
Writer, psychonaut and cannabis aficionado, Josh is Zamnesia’s in-house expert. He spends his days nestled out in the countryside, delving into the hidden depths of all things psychoactive in nature.

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