Imo I think EVERYONE can benefit tremendously using psychedelics.
For decade, more like two that was my strong opinion
too. I was positive it is so, in fact I wasn’t even considering it can be otherwise or at most that only people who run into problems with psychedelics are those predisposed for schizophrenia. And guess what? I was proven really wrong.
Every time I read or heard some catastrophe caused, followed or at least catalysed by psychedelics I would dismiss it as propaganda in cases when it was connected to something publicl or case of misunderstanding or twisted stories in cases close to me. I thought cases of catastrophic shroom experiences in Holland all must have been drunk tourists and always found a way to explain catastrophic things that happened on psychedelics by convincing myself it must have been because someone took rc they didn’t knew they are taking, or have been in a terrible set and setting or what not. I thought when Leary was on TV and father of a girl who died on acid called it was some kind of framing him. When I was told a story of a person jumping to death on acid must have been schizophrenic or something. Every time I heard someone going nuts on psychedelics, I thought that person was a nut anyway.
But then as years passed I was witnessing problems some people experienced and also started hearing first-hand, fresh experiences from persons I trust and know have no reason to speak bad about psychedelics and in fact all have positive experiences themselves and are into psychedelic scene for a long time and gone very deep. And I’ll name just a few examples I know that happened, and know it beyond any doubt in fact -
People killing themselves shortly after psychedelic experiences, I personally knew two persons who did that. Friend was at a festival where person jumped into fire and died, I was on one other where same happened but resulted “only” in third degree burns, or other way around, but neither was a result of imagination/high of none other than those persons who jumped into fire.
People experiencing damage after psychedelic experience (none of those I know from first experience; in fact really bad first time psychedelic experiences for which I know resulted in only those persons not ever taking them again), lasting as in getting diagnosed schizophrenia or just having temporary full-blown psychosis but up to present day slip into it again following psychedelic use but every time convincing themselves it wont happen again.
I also know for more than one case of violence that happened under influence of psychedelic.
Than two cases where people hurt themselves under influence of psychedelics, one good friend by accident but still because he was high and other person because of being in some fucked up trip and not being aware what he was doing. Both resulted in permanent irreparable damage, very serious in second case, and that person had many experiences with psychedelics and doesn’t blame anyone or substance he took but is aware he could have led a lot better life if he didn’t took psychedelic that day.
I won’t even start with harmless hospitalizations, people ending up in long lasting harmless delusions, people loosing jobs and other harmless consequences, people who slipped into addiction by using downers and/or uppers trying to manage daily life along frequent use etc.
It might be that 99% of people convincing themselves opiates are wonderful, not dangerous etc end up experiencing opposite while 1% ends up with life improving and non-problematic use while with psychedelics it might be that only 1% end up having problems and 99% end up with good results; but I suspect neither are opiates as bad for as many people as generally viewed and neither are psychedelics resulting in as much good/neutral experiences.
All drugs can result in great time and improving life or in bad time and destroying life, in any case generalization is wrong and contraproductive and harm reduction needs to be applied for both drugs generally viewed as problematic and for these generally viewed as positive and that’s often forgotten.
I’ll conclude with adding that I think I have obligation to share what I wrote even I personally had profoundly positive life changing experience by using psychedelics and know hundreds of people who experienced same thing but it’s far, far from saying everyone
had that experience.