Although the DEA classifies shrooms as a Schedule 1 drug — a classification that’s supposed to be reserved for the most dangerous of substances — according to scientists, it’s not nearly as dangerous as the the government claims. Researchers Teri Krebs and husband Pål-Ørjan Johansen argue in a letter to Lancet Psychiatry journal, that the current laws against drugs like psilocybin and MDMA are way overblown compared to the so-called harm they cause to society. According to the duo, tens of millions of adults in the U.S. have tripped balls and “there is just not much evidence of health problems,” and in some cases, the hyper-connected psychedelic substance can be useful for treating addictions.
Based on their findings, taking shrooms is about as risky as “riding a bike or playing soccer.” While bad trips do happen, it’s statically “rare” occurrence:
Although psychedelics can induce temporary confusion and emotional turmoil, hospitalisations [sic] and serious injuries are extremely rare. Overall psychedelics are not particularly dangerous when compared with other common activities.
Especially when those other common activities involve tobacco or booze.