Two scientists in Norway, Pal-Orjan Johansen and Teri Suzanne Krebs, released their findings on March 5 in the Journal of Psychopharmacology to a study done centering around the effects of psychedelic drugs like LSD and mushrooms on an individual’s mental health. They concluded that there was no known substantiated link between such drugs and a decline in users’ mental health.
To carry out their study, they relied on methods from a previous study they had done on subjects from the United States. They compiled data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health “from respondents aged 18 years and over from survey years 2008–2011.” According to Johansen and Krebs, “[t]he sample consisted of 135,095 respondents, of whom 19,299 (13.6% weighted) reported lifetime use of a psychedelic substance.” For additional details on their methods, such as mental health indicators, control variables, and data analysis, you can click on the link above that takes you to their report.
Here’s what they supposedly discovered:
- Users of psych drugs were predominately young, single, educated white males with good incomes.
- They were risk takers who had used other drugs.
- Lifetime use of psych drugs did not render any incidents in the previous year of their lives of psychological distress, suicidal thoughts or behavior, the need or reception of mental health treatment, anxiety, or depression.
- Lifetime use was linked to “decreased inpatient psychiatric treatment.” In other words, psychedelics allegedly made them more sane than others.
Nevertheless, the researchers supply this disclaimer–‘given the design of the study – the researchers cannot “exclude the possibility that use of psychedelics might have a negative effect on mental health for some individuals or groups…’ Johansen and Krebs also speak highly of the use of psychedelics for personal and spiritual benefits (i.e. they promote shamanic witchcraft) to the individual and to help cure alcoholics. Then they give this telling statement: “Overall, it is difficult to see how prohibition of psychedelics can be justified as a public health measure.”
Furthermore, to top it all off they give full disclosure at the end of their report to inform readers that they are part of an organization, EmmaSofia, that seeks to legalize all hallucinogens and narcotics so they can be controlled. Johansen is also a member of the Association for a Humane Drug Policy, another organization that backs legalization. And here’s an additional kicker–they were funded by the Research Council of Norway, an organization active in the Bilderberg Group, which gives them access to global elitist money to push for the legalization that globalists want. So, yes, they are biased and their claims are suspect.
The history of LSD is rather dark and infamous in the U.S. From the 1950s to the 1970s, the CIA used these drugs to experiment on U.S. soldiers without their consent, starting with mostly black soldiers. Then they expanded their experiments to 7000 more soldiers of all ethnicities at the Edgewood Chemical Arsenal in Maryland. This in spite of the fact that studies done in the 1940s showed that LSD led to out-of-control paranoia and temporary schizophrenia. Of those thousands of soldiers, about 1000 developed depression and epilepsy. Many of those thousands became suicidal.
Once again all of this shows us why the Lord in his word warns us not to put trust in humans even if they are scientists, unless they prove themselves trustworthy.
It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. Psalm 118:8
David McNamee, Psychedelic drug use ‘does not increase risk for mental health problems’, Medical News Today, March 8, 2015.
Michael Otterman, American Torture: From the Cold War to Abu Ghraib and Beyond, Melbourne, Australia: Melbourne University Press, 2007, pages 21-23.