Hallucinogenic drugs may actually be good for you, a team of researchers has concluded.
Norwegian scientists have carried out extensive research on the effects of LSD - or trips - by studying drugs surveys from tens of thousands of Americans.
The findings are at odds with the long held belief that LSD and other 'mind-enhancing' drugs - such as mescaline and the drug psilocybin, found in magic mushrooms - result in flashbacks, paranoia and long term mental health problems.
Researchers from Norway’s University of Science and Technology in Trondheim examined the drug taking habits of more than 130,000 American citizens between 2001 and 2004.
Last year the duo even recommended that LSD could be an effective treatment for alcoholism.
In several cases psychedelic use was associated with a lower rate of mental health problems.
Over the past 50 years, tens of millions of people have used psychedelics and there is just not much evidence of long-term problems.
Instead, they said, the idea that the drugs caused mental health problems came from a small number of case studies, and that these patients were already suffering some form of mental illness.
They said psychedelic drug use and mental health problems both occurred in late adolescence and so were wrongly linked by researchers.
From the Daily Mail newspaper