Psychedelics Reduce Violence Against Intimate Partners

Psychedelics Reduce Violence Against Intimate Partners

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This article is intended to raise awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault against intimate partners, especially women. Violence against anyone is wrong, especially violence against women. This study looks at psychedelic violent crimes in the criminal justice system, and domestic violence by gender.

Psychedelics Reduce Violence Against Intimate Partners

A study published at SagePub Journals, Psychedelic use and intimate partner violence: The role of emotion regulation has found that men who use psychedelics drugs are much less likely to commit violent crimes against their partners.

It could be because perceptive, cognitive and emotional changes occur after psychedelic use due to the mystical and spiritual experiences produced by MDMA, magic mushrooms or Psilocybin, LSD, Ayahuasca DMT, Ibogaine, and Salvia.

Psychedelics get us in touch with our true selves. They seem to reduce feelings of revenge or vengefulness, and take away the bitterness of life. We tend to forgive more. Domestic violence and abuse are less likely to occur in men taking psychedelics.

Psychedelics also cause us to become more loving and compassionate, as they increase our level of empathy. They also help us realize that when we have disagreements, we should try to solve them through working through them, and not to force anyone to do what we want.

According to Zach Walsh, a professor at University of British Columbia:

“Previous research from our lab that looked at men in the criminal justice system found that hallucinogen users were substantially less likely to perpetrate violence against their intimate partners”

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And according to Michelle Thiessen, a graduate student at University of British Columbia in Canada:

“Although use of certain drugs like alcohol, methamphetamine or cocaine is associated with increased aggression and partner violence, use of psychedelics appears to have the opposite effect.”

psychedelic intimate partner violence

The study was done to examine any associations between long term psychedelic use and intimate partner violent crimes among a sample of men and women. The study also tested how the associations were mediated by improved emotional and spiritual self-realization.

In the study, 1266 people aged 16-70 were questioned using an online survey that required them to share their use of psychedelic substances, regulation of emotions, and intimate partner violence. If any of them had said that they used psychedelics, the study counted them as test subjects in the their random sample.

“We found that among men who have used psychedelics one or more times, the odds of engaging in partner violence was reduced by roughly half. That’s significant,” - Thiessen.

The online survey conducted by Laurentian University found that:

Males reporting any experience using lysergic acid diethylamide and/or psilocybin mushrooms had decreased odds of perpetrating physical violence against their current partner (odds ratio=0.42, p<0.05). Furthermore, our analyses revealed that male psychedelic users reported better emotion regulation when compared to males with no history of psychedelic use. Better emotion regulation mediated the relationship between psychedelic use and lower perpetration of intimate partner violence. This relationship did not extend to females within our sample.

Conclusion

The research study has clearly shown that the men who use psychedelic drugs, or have used them in the past, such as MDMA, magic mushrooms or Psilocybin, Lysergamides such as LSD, Ayahuasca (DMT, Ibogaine, and Salvia are not likely to commit violent crimes against their intimate partners.

Studies like this indicate that using psychedelics, having spiritual experiences, and the regulation of our emotions by their use, cause us to become less violent.

“These findings add to the literature on the positive use of psychedelics and suggest that future research should explore the potential for psychedelic therapies to help address the international public health priority of reducing domestic violence,” Thiessen added.

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Hash C. Borgir

Hash Borgir is a Bhang Sadhu (Cannabis Shaman) from Punjab India. He is the author of 1800 DMT Trips: Navigating the Other Side. Hash gives lectures and talks on microdosing, psychedelics, consciousness.

Hash also leads Pranayam Yoga, Transpersonal Breathwork, and meditation classes regularly. Find out more about Hash here.