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7 Party Drugs That Might Have Medical Benefits 

Matthew Cole Weiss
Updated February 24, 2020 208.5k views 7 items

By now, everyone in the world knows that marijuana is not just a munchie-inducing recreational drug. It can also have big medicinal benefits for some. In fact, state after state has begun to legalize medical use of the marijuana to help sick people with issues that range from glaucoma and seizures, to anxiety and Alzheimer's disease. There's some possibility it can even help treat cancer.

So this begs the question - if cannabis has beneficial medical properties that were previously unknown, is it possible that there are other party drugs that also have some upsides to them (medically speaking, of course) And the answer, at least according to several studies, doctors, and experts, is "yes! But let's be clear, we're not suggesting LSD, ecstacy, coke and the other drugs on this list are good for you, or that the drugs on this list should be legalized now. That's for the researchers and doctors to figure out. We're just compiling the available studies. Further research is needed, but these drugs may one day widely help human beings in more ways than just helping them have a good time.

This lists contains seven other party drugs that, along with making people hallucinate or tweak out, have shown some ability to heal the sick. Some are even used internationally by medical professionals. Check out these facts about drugs and find out all about illegal drugs with medical benefits. Should these drugs used as medicine be more widely accepted?

Shrooms

Medical Benefits: Treat depression, relieve headaches, help with OCD, and help the brain recall memories.

There may also be some medical benefits to shrooms as well. Not only have studies shown that mushrooms can help treat depression by dampening areas in the brain just like anti-depressants do, but they have also been shown to relieve headaches and help with obsessive compulsive disorders.    

A study by the British Journal of Psychiatry in 2012 proved that mushrooms can also enhance the brain's ability to recall memories, and could possibly be used alongside psychotherapy. "We're not saying go out there and eat magic mushrooms," said David Nutt of Imperial College London about the studies. "But...this drug has such a fundamental impact on the brain that it's got to be meaningful."

Medical Benefits: Treats PTSD and may help fight cancer.

Also known as MDMA (methylenedioxymethamphetamine), ecstasy (sometimes called Molly), is a stimulant drug with hallucinogenic properties.  It is said to provoke feelings of emotional warmth and high energy, though it may have some medical uses that make it more important. 

One study showed that ecstasy is very useful in treating PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), which could be helpful since PTSD is so hard to cure. In fact, the DEA has already permitted using MDMA in certain forms for patients with high anxiety disorders.

Meanwhile, another study in 2011 at the University of Birmingham found that ecstasy has anti-cancer properties, specifically when fighting leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma.  The manufactured ecstasy was 100 times more potent at destroying cancer cells than the original form of MDMA.  

Medical Benefits: Can treat minor skin cuts, be used as an anesthetic, alleviate altitude sickness, and fight bowel inflammation.

Leaves from the coca plant have been used as a stimulant for thousands of years, and the drug derived from it, cocaine, has been linked to many health benefits over time.

Early on in medicine, cocaine was used as a topical anesthetic for surgical procedures due to it's ability to numb.  It can be used to treat minor skin lacerations (since the drug works in narrowing blood vessels) and can lessen bleeding.   

Some doctors believe it can help as an antibiotic and also alleviate altitude sickness dude to trace minerals, flavonoids, B vitamins, and antioxidants found in the leaf.

Finally, Dr. Andrew Weil, founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, has studied the gastrointestinal effects of the drug and believes it can help with bowel inflammation and diseases.

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Medical Benefits: Helps with anxiety disorders and alcoholism.

Short for Lysergic Acid Diethylamide, LSD was manufactured in a lab and known as the hallucinogenic party drug of the 1960s (though it was made illegal in 1966).

Though it can sometimes lead to "bad trips", research shows it helps deal with anxiety disorders. The first LSD study in 40 years was done in 2014 and showed that LSD paired with psychotherapy alleviated end-of-life anxiety in patients suffering from terminal illnesses. 

In another story from 2012 in Norway, published data suggested that LSD also prevents alcoholics from relapsing during treatment.