Are psychedelics mainstreaming? Here’s How Many Americans Have Tried Psychedelics


By Nina Zdinjak

As people become more open to experimenting with alternative treatments for various health conditions, or simply for wellness purposes, cannabis and psychedelics come into play. While it has been confirmed that Cannabis is the most widely used substance in the world, with an estimated 209 million people using it in 2020, psychedelics are a different story. At least for now.

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However, things seem to be changing. According to a new poll according to YouGov, some 28% of Americans have tried at least one psychedelic drug. The poll, which surveyed 1,000 adults between the ages of 22 and 25, found that the most widely used psychedelic is LSD and 14% of participants confirmed having tried it, followed closely by psilocybin with 13%. .

Survey Highlights

  • 9% of participants tried MDMA, 6% ketamine, 6% DMT and 5% salvia;
  • 51% of those who define themselves as very liberal have tried at least one psychedelic;
  • 42% of those with a household income of at least $100,000 have tried at least one psychedelic;
  • 42% of participants with a postgraduate degree confirm having tried a 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 surveyed, the following groups showed the lowest propensity to try psychedelics: Black Americans – 14% have tried; seniors (65 years and over) – 14%; Protestants – 19%; people living in rural areas – 19%; conservatives – 21%.

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Positions on decriminalization

While progress on psychedelic decriminalization and research has been seen over the past two years, most Americans are still against it.

  • 44% to 27% of Americans oppose the decriminalization of psilocybin (mushrooms);
  • By 53% to 20%, Americans oppose the decriminalization of LSD (acid);
  • From 53% to 19%, Americans oppose the decriminalization of MDMA (ecstasy);

Those who have tried any of these three drugs are more likely to support 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;

House Reps Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.) and Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) recently filed separate bills to advance research into psychedelic-assisted post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatments for veterans. According to the poll, some 54% of Americans support this type of research, while 18% oppose it.

This article originally appeared on Benzinga and has been republished with permission.


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