Marital Status Seems to Influence Psychedelic Outcomes, Study Shows

A recently conducted analysis has determined that people who had used psychedelics at some point in their lives experienced less psychological distress. The analysis also revealed that this link was highest in single people and significantly reduced in individuals who were married, divorced or widowed.

Psychedelics are psychoactive drugs that are known to alter an individual’s mood and perception, among other things. These drugs often induce introspective experiences and powerful auditory and visual hallucinations.

Classic psychedelic drugs include psilocybin, LSD, DMT and mescaline.

Different studies have found positive links between psychedelic substances and health, with some highlighting the drugs’ potential therapeutic effects in the treatment of some mental-health conditions.

For this recent study, Sean M. Viña, the study’s author, focused on the link between psychedelic use, distress, marital status and size of households. He theorized that married people who had previously tried psychedelics experienced less distress while individuals living in bigger households would have higher distress levels. He also hypothesized that psychedelics’ positive effects on distress would be extremely low among people in larger households.

Viña began by analyzing data obtained from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, centering on data about distress levels, use of psychedelics, household size and marital status. His findings demonstrated that married individuals had lower distress levels in comparison to divorced and single persons, while widowed individuals had similar levels of distress to married people.

Additionally, divorced persons had very high drug-use levels across several substances of all groups surveyed, including cocaine, tobacco, inhalants, tranquilizers, heroin, cannabis and pain relievers. They had also begun drinking at earlier ages in comparison to the other groups.

People who admitted to using psychedelics reported that they experienced lower levels of psychological distress. The researcher observed that the link was still present even after household size and marital status was accounted for.

In his conclusion, Viña stated that his findings confirm the forecasts that lifetime use of classic psychedelics worsened unpleasant consequences of household sizes for household heads who were widowed, married or divorced. He added that his findings also suggested that bigger households were, regardless of marital status, linked to harm.

Further, he asserted that while widowed users of psychedelics could gain some benefit from living with other individuals, these benefits diminished as the size of household grew.

This research gives insight on the association between psychological distress and use of classic psychedelics. The analysis’ findings were reported in “PLOS ONE.

Whether or not those family dynamics exert a significant influence on the efficacy of the treatments being developed by entities such as Seelos Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: SEEL) remains a question that clinical studies could answer in future.

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