Under the Hood

5 Party Drugs That Surprisingly Have Health Benefits

Doing more harm than good is the main reason why the government marked some drugs as illegal in the U.S. This is backed by doctors who said unregulated use of illicit drugs can significantly hurt the body. 

However, there has been a growing debate over the medical use of such substances. This comes amid the efforts of researchers to find the benefits of using illegal drugs, according to Live Science

Studies already showed that some of the drugs, including those used for recreational purposes, actually have positive effects. Below are some of the widely known party drugs previously found with surprising health benefits.

1. Ecstasy

It is a synthetic compound that causes hallucinations and feelings of emotional warmth and high levels of energy. But it is not just the partygoers that could enjoy the effects of ecstasy as the same psychoactive properties of the drug has been found potentially useful in treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Another study in 2011 suggested that this party drug can help fight leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. When slightly modified in the lab, ecstasy appears 100 times more potent at destroying cancer cells than traditional drugs. 

2. Cocaine

This one is notorious in the U.S. and other countries. But cocaine offers a range of health benefits, including as a topical anesthetic for surgical procedures to provide rapid-acting numbing effects and as treatment for minor skin lacerations. 

3. Magic Mushrooms

The psilocybin found in these mushrooms give users colorful hallucinations and relieve the symptoms of cluster headaches, obsessive-compulsive disorder and depression. Two separate studies in 2012 found that psilocybin could provide enhanced recall and regulate the activity of the brain linked to depression.

4. LSD

Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) could help reduce alcoholism. A study in Norway suggested that the drug helps alcoholics avoid relapsing during treatment.

5. Ketamine

The “Special K" party drug. Aside from helping people get a unique experience at dance raves and other events, this drug has the potential to combat the symptoms of depression.

A 2012 study showed that ketamine could stimulate the growth of synapses in the brain and gives a rapid therapeutic response for people with chronic depression or treatment-resistant conditions. 

Despite the reported health benefits of such party drugs, self-medicating or using the drugs without the assistance of a medical professional can be dangerous. It may lead to incorrect self-diagnosis, incorrect dosage, incorrect choice of therapy and it increases the risk of dependence and abuse.

Medical experts also said that more studies are required to further prove that the drugs could help improve health of people without severe side effects.