Just like the song says, psychedelic drugs including LSD and mushrooms may result in a long, strange trip. However, according to a recent study that trip probably won't be a violent one. According to the study, men who have used psychedelic drugs are approximately half as likely to physically abuse their partner as men in general.
The study, published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, finds a strong correlation between men who have tried psychedelic drugs and are unlikely to commit domestic abuse. This is a major split from drugs like alcohol or cocaine that are related to an increase in domestic violence. According to the author of the study:
"Although use of certain drugs like alcohol, methamphetamine or cocaine is associated with increased aggression and partner violence, use of psychedelics appears to have the opposite effect. We found that among men who have used psychedelics one or more times, the odds of engaging in partner violence was reduced by roughly half. That's significant."
The results of the study showed that men who have experimented with psychedelic drugs claimed to have a better grasp of their emotions compared to the general population. Researchers point to this emotional control as the cause for the lower domestic violence rate. Interestingly, the study does not reflect the same connection among women.
The study, performed by researchers from the University of British Columbia as well as Laurentian University, reviewed anonymous data collected from social media and interviews. In all, 1,300 men took part in the study. The questions delved extensively into the subject's drug history. It also covered the subject's belief of how he controls his emotions.
It's worth noting that this study merely finds a correlation between psychedelic drug use and lower rates of domestic violence. The report takes no position on if these drugs make men less violent, or if less violent men are drawn to psychedelic drugs. This is an area the researchers hope to tackle in the future.
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While researchers hope studies like this will eventually lead the way to eliminate domestic violence, the present-day reality is that domestic violence will continue to be an issue. Domestic violence charges are serious; they carry real consequences that can include jail times and fines. What's more, the stigma of merely being arrested for domestic violence can haunt you regardless of your guilt or innocence.
If you are facing domestic violence charges, it is in your best interest to discuss your situation with an experienced criminal defense attorney. Whether you are facing a misdemeanor or felony, an experienced criminal defense attorney will give your case the attention it needs.
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