Mushrooms Are The Safest Drugs For Personal Use, Synthetic Cannabinoids Most Dangerous

The results of the Global Drug Survey 2017 are in.

According to data gathered and scrubbed by the Global Drug Survey 2017, the world’s largest survey of drugs and drug users, psilocybin mushrooms are the safest substance for personal, recreational consumption. In fact, survey results indicate users face a higher risk of over-toxicity from choosing the wrong shrooms, than from shrooming in general. Meanwhile, synthetic cannabinoids (known as Spice, K2) are without doubt the most dangerous. 

“Death from toxicity is almost unheard of, with poisoning with more dangerous fungi being a much greater risk in terms of serious harms,” survey founder Dr. Adam Winstock told The Guardian.

The Global Drug Survey anonymously gathers data online from users all over the world. The 2017 survey looks at the results of information from 120,000 participants. According to a survey press release, “65 percent of the people the survey spoke to had used illegal drugs in the past 12 months and the average age of respondents was 29.”

The survey provides a candid look into global drug use trends, everything from where users are sourcing their drugs, the countries with the highest rates of consumption for select substances, and how people are consuming said chemical combinations.

“1 in 4 (25 percent) of those who had used drugs in the past year had bought their drugs from the darknet, where dealers are anonymous, their I.P addresses are masked, and payment is received in Bitcoin. MDMA is the drug most bought globally on the darknet, with 49 percent of those having used the drug having bought it on the darknet,” reads the GDS 2017 press release. 

“Every year, in most countries across the world, there has been a pickup in rates of Dark Net use,” survey founder Dr. Adam Winstock M.D. said to KINDLAND previously. “The two exceptions for that are Sweden and Portugal. In Sweden, there has been persistently high levels of Dark Net usage, because they have zero tolerance to drugs.”

According to the survey, cannabis remains the most widely used drug worldwide, with shifting legislation and regulatory change driving the growing usage rate, along with innovations for safer consumption. Furthermore, users in the United States are the most likely to “wake and bake.” While marijuana users in Italy and Greece are the most likely to mix tobacco with their weed, a practice known as “rolling a spliff.”

The GDS 2017 also found that synthetic cannabinoid products have the highest associated risk of use, stating, “Once again our data shows that these are a diverse group of drugs with the risks of seeking EMT varying widely between countries––with the UK having the highest rates with over one in 10 users seeking [emergency medical treatment] in the last year.”

Most notably, this year's study found that overall, drug purity is increasing worldwide. And according to Dr. Winstock, drug users in Britain face the highest risk of emergency room visits globally.