data – Psychedelic Frontier make the most of your dose Fri, 11 Jan 2019 12:00:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 48719013 Psychedelics linked to reductions in suicide and distress Tue, 20 Jan 2015 14:17:11 +0000 Psychedelics linked to reductions in suicide and distress

People who have used psychedelic drugs are less likely to suffer from depression, psychological distress, or suicidal thinking, according to a new study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology.

The research was led by Peter Hendricks, a professor of clinical psychology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, using data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Survey responses from over 190,000 adults were analyzed and the respondents were divided into two groups — lifetime psychedelic users and non-users. Lifetime users were defined as those who had ever, even once, tried DMT, ayahuasca, mescaline, psilocybin mushrooms, or LSD. 13.6% of survey respondents fell into this category (percentages have been weighted to correct for confounding variables).

Psychedelic users showed a significantly lower likelihood of recent psychological distress, as well as less suicidal thinking and fewer suicide attempts, than non-users. Users were 36% less likely to have attempted suicide in the past year.

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Word Clouds Show What It’s Like to Be on Drugs Mon, 24 Feb 2014 12:23:31 +0000 Word Clouds Show What It’s Like to Be on Drugs

What does the language of drug experience look like? What words do we turn to again and again to describe an LSD trip or a cannabis high? has created some slick graphics to answer these questions (although they are not the first). They performed “extensive linguistic analysis on thousands of written user experiences” drawn from the Erowid database. The graphics cover eight popular drugs, including LSD, DMT, MDMA, and mushrooms. The words shown are the ones most unique to each particular drug, and the size of each word indicates its frequency in user reports.

One major problem with an analysis like this is that these reports are self-selected. People are unlikely to post a report about an average or typical drug experience, and may instead share the most sensational or extreme ones. They may also be more inclined to share an unpleasant experience than a euphoric one, leading to a negative bias in the report database.

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New Interactive Graphs Visualize Online Drug Talk Wed, 08 May 2013 20:41:33 +0000 New Interactive Graphs Visualize Online Drug Talk

On his blog Virostatiq, Marko Plahuta has published a set of colorful interactive graphs depicting drug discussions on, the harm reduction forum. According to Marko:

I analyzed around 1.2 million posts on and constructed a simple diagram that tells a lot. It was constructed in such a way that drugs that are frequently mentioned together, appear together. Circle radii are proportional with frequency of appearance of the same drugs in the posts.

A second graph maps the relationships between drugs and effects commonly reported in user posts.

The source data covers a period from 2010 to 2013, so he is also able to provide an interactive historical graph showing the changes in popularity of different drugs. With this graph it’s easy to see how discussion wanes when a chemical is outlawed, and how a new compound like 25I-NBOME becomes a hot topic shortly after its discovery.

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