A Canadian study claims that psychedelic drugs like ecstasy may decrease suicidal thoughts and reduce suicide risk. The specific study analyzed data pertaining to 800 female sex workers over the course of four years. Psychedelic drugs like ecstasy, according to the data from this new study, may be effective at easing symptoms of anxiety and depression.
The study was, according to Daily Mail, the brain child of Elano Argento from the BC Center for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. Reportedly, Elano wanted to see how various drugs affected suicidal thoughts. So, in order to control the study, Elano eliminated women from the study if they had already experienced suicidal thought or attempted suicide. The number of women that remained was only 290 women. These 290 women were the women tracked in the research. The female sex workers were tracked from 2010 to 2014. They answered questions about their drug use and mental health. They were specifically surveyed about suicidal thoughts and tendencies. During the next four years, 11 percent of the sex workers experienced suicidal thoughts at some point. The interesting thing is that for all the women, whether they reported contemplating suicide or not, the use of psychedelic drugs like methylenedioxymethamphetamine (also called MDMA and associated with the street drugs molly and ecstasy) reduced risks.