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We are starting to learn much more about the impact of different types of drugs. In recent years, a lot of research has gone into the impacts of psychedelics on mental health. We have some solid research showing success in treating PTSD and depression with mushrooms.
But is there any link between psychedelics and rates of domestic violence? As we continue to explore the use of psychedelics in therapy, we have found some startling results have been found linking their use to lower rates of domestic violence.
The Link Between Psychedelics and Domestic Violence
In a study performed by the University of British Columbia, they performed a survey with more than 1,200 women and men about their ability to regulate their own emotions, their history with psychedelics, and past incidents of perpetrating domestic violence. The study controlled reports of alcohol use which has been highly linked to increases in violence.
The study found that those who had a hard time of regulating their emotions were more likely to perpetrate violence. They also found that men who had a history of psychedelic use had an easier time regulating their emotions.
Yet another study looking at 302 inmates for up to six years after their release found that 42% of the study participants who did not take psychedelics were arrested within six years for domestic violence. This is a dramatic difference to the only 27% of inmates who had taken psychedelics that were arrested for similar charges.
Are Psychedelics Really the Answer?
There is a lot of documentation supporting the theory that psychedelics can have a positive impact and reduce levels of violence. The evidence is not totally conclusive. Much of this research is promising and warrants further investigation and study.
Most of the research that has been done so far has been completed by survey. No matter how careful it is worded and carried out, there may still be some under or over-reporting.
The current research also only proves that men who have a history of psychedelic use will be less likely to engage in domestic violence. This could be a correlation and not a causal link. It simply means that the men who are more likely to use psychedelics may just be predisposed to be less violent for other reasons. For example, research has confirmed that those who take psychedelics are more adept at their own emotional regulation. Those who are in control of their emotions are less likely to become violent towards others.
It's also important to note that the current research finds no significant difference in domestic violence rates among women who take psychedelics and those who do not.
While there is a solid link between psychedelics and a reduction in rates of male domestic violence, we need more research to determine the nature of this connection. Further research could help us determine the exact nature of the correlation. It will help us tease apart the difference between those who are likely to perpetrate domestic violence and those that are not.
This knowledge can help us make a significant impact on combating the real causes of domestic violence.
Rethinking What We Know About Psychedelics
Psychedelics have proven to be way more valuable than just recreational use. We need more research to really understand the full potential and risks. Much of this research has been held back by certain assumptions and notions rooted in propaganda promoted over the years by different agencies. It has kept our eyes closed and kept us from exploring the full range of possibilities. By challenging our assumptions and what we know, we may continue to learn more that could be the difference in the fight against domestic violence.
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