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Are hallucinogenic drugs going mainstream? A new poll reveals that 28% of Americans have tried at least one narcotic

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This article was written by Nina Zdenjak and originally published on Benzinga.

As people become more open to trying alternative treatments for various health issues, or just for wellness purposes, both cannabis and drugs play a role. While it has been confirmed Hemp is the most consumed substance in the worldWith about 209 million people using it in 2020, the drug is another story. At least for now.

However, things seem to be changing.

according to new poll By YouGov, about 28% of Americans have tried at least one narcotic drug. The survey, which included 1,000 adults aged 22-25, showed that LSD was the most widely used drug and 14% of participants confirmed their experience, followed by psilocybin at 13%.

Poll drug highlights

  • 9% of participants tried MDMA, 6% ketamine, 6% DMT, and 5% salvia;
  • 51% of those who identify as liberal have tried at least one drug.
  • 42% of those with a family income of at least $100,000 have tried at least one drug.
  • 42% of participants with a postgraduate degree confirmed that they had tried a single psychedelic drug;
  • Of those who tried one, 39% were in the 30-44 age group, and 37% were Americans living in the western part of the United States;
  • Among those questioned, the following groups showed the lowest propensity to try narcotic substances: Black Americans – 14% tried; elderly (65 years and older) – 14%; Protestants – 19%; people living in rural areas – 19 percent; Conservatives – 21%.


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Positions of decriminalization

While progress has been noted in psychedelic decriminalization and research over the past two years, most Americans still oppose it, and many don’t know why the survey was revealed.

  • Americans between 44% and 27% oppose the decriminalization of psilocybin (the fungus).
  • Americans between 53% and 20% oppose the decriminalization of LSD.
  • Americans between 53% and 19% oppose decriminalizing MDMA (ecstasy).

Those who have tried one of these three drugs tend to be more supportive of their decriminalization.

  • 68% of people who have tried psilocybin say it should be legal;
  • 48% of people who have tried MDMA say it should be legal;
  • 43% of people who have tried LSD say it should be legal;

Representatives of the House of Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.) and Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) newly File separate bills for more advanced research on psychedelic-assisted post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatments for veterans. Based on the survey, 54% of Americans support this type of research, while 18% oppose it.

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