A new report compiled by the Global Drug Survey revealed that, when it comes to the use recreational drugs, magic mushrooms outperform other drugs when it comes to safety.
About .2 percent of roughly 10,000 people who reported taking psilocybin hallucinogenic mushrooms in 2016 said that they required medical treatment.
Comparatively, the rate of emergency medical treatment for methamphetamines was nearly five times higher than that of mushrooms.
But, Adam Winstock, a consultant addiction psychiatrist and founder of the Global Drug Survey, cautioned the public about the dangers of hallucinogenic mushrooms. He pointed out that the bigger risk was people picking and eating the wrong mushrooms.
Death from toxicity is almost unheard of with poisoning with more dangerous fungi being a much greater risk in terms of serious harms
He added that the risk of danger increases when drugs like mushrooms are combined with other substances, such as alcohol.
“Combined use of alcohol and use within risky or unfamiliar settings increase the risks of harm most commonly accidental injury, panic and short-lived confusion, disorientation, and fears of losing one’s mind," Winstock told the Guardian.
The Global Drug Survey based its results on the responses of about 115,000 people in 50 countries. It's the world's largest annual drug survey--covering themes such as people's pattern of use and their responses to the drug.