Psychedelic drugs may reduce violence by men towards women

While most of the U.S. is focused on the battle to legalize marijuana, a small group of dedicated Canadian researchers is working on proving that another illegal substance may have the power to change human history like none has ever done before. No, we’re not talking about Viagra but a drug that can possibly cure a different kind of dysfunction … LSD and its potential to stop men from abusing women.

“… we found in a previous study that psychedelics appeared to be protective against partner violence in a sample of men involved in the criminal justice system and we wanted to know if that association could be extended to a community sample of both men and women.”

In what should be called a ground-breaking study published this week in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, Michelle Thiessen, a clinical psychology graduate student at the University of British Columbia Okanagan and the study’s lead author, looked at the possible link between partner violence and psychedelic drugs (LSD and psilocybin mushrooms) for three reasons: the prisoner evidence, the link between other drugs (alcohol, methamphetamine, cocaine and other) and violence, and the known therapeutic powers of psychedelics.