Men who drop acid or take magic mushrooms and cstasy are less likely to be wife beaters – because the psychedelic drugs gives them spirituality.

Turning on, tuning in and dropping out reduces domestic violence because they begin to realise behaving with compassion and kindness toward others matters.

LSD and other hallucinogenic drugs were at the forefront of research into psychiatric illnesses in the 1950s and 60s until they were made illegal.

But now new researchers are exploring their potential to treat a host of disorders and a new study found it reduces violence in the home.

It found only 27 per cent of US inmates given the psychedelic drugs were arrested for domestic violence after six years of their release compared to 42 per cent male who did not take them.

The observational study followed 302 inmates who had histories of substance abuse.

Associate Professor Zach Walsh at the University of British Columbia said: “While not a clinical trial, this study, in stark contrast to prevailing attitudes that views these drugs as harmful, speaks to the public health potential of psychedelic medicine.

“The experiences of unity, positivity, and transcendence that characterise the psychedelic experience may be particularly beneficial to groups that are frequently marginalised and isolated, such as the incarcerated men who participated in this study

“As existing treatments for intimate partner violence are insufficient, we need to take new perspectives such as this seriously.

“Intimate partner violence is a major public health problem and existing treatments to reduce reoffending are insufficient.

“With proper dosage, set, and setting we might see even more profound effects. This definitely warrants further research.”

University of Alabama Associate Professor Peter Hendricks predicts psilocybin and related compounds could revolutionise the mental health field.

He said: “Although we’re attempting to better understand how or why these substances may be beneficial, one explanation is that they can transform people’s lives by providing profoundly meaningful spiritual experiences that highlight what matters most.

“Often, people are struck by the realization that behaving with compassion and kindness toward others is high on the list of what matters.”

The study was published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology.

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