According to a study in the journal Addiction, hallucinogen use in the U.S. has risen since 2015 for adults aged 26 and older and decreased among adolescents.
The study was conducted by Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and Columbia University Irving Medical Center.
The findings pose significant implications as hallucinogen use is potentially harmful.
As part of the study, more than 1 million respondents aged 12 and older were involved. Data was taken from the U.S. National Survey on Drug use and Health.
“Predictors were continuous years. Outcome variables included any hallucinogen use and use of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), ecstasy and phencyclidine (PCP) in the past year,” the Columbia University researchers elaborated in their report.
“Since 2002, hallucinogen use in the United States has decreased among adolescents but increased in adults and is now estimated to affect more than 3 million adults aged 26+ years and more than 5.5 million adults aged 18+ years.”