A new study has revealed that raving and psychedelic use are linked to “social bonding and prosocial behavior.”
dr. Martha Newson, a cognitive anthropologist at the School of Anthropology and Conservation, conducted an online retrospective survey of those who attended memorable raves. The study examined altered states of consciousness common in group rituals that included the “4Ds” – dance, drums, sleep deprivation and drugs.
The research found that those who engaged in the “4Ds” at raves or free parties often experienced an awe-inspiring, personal transformation — and the more a person felt personally transformed by the experience, the more connected they felt with the group. .
dr. Newson believes this deep feeling could play a key role in psychedelic therapies. She explains: “Psychedelics have a deep-seated stigma regarding recreational drug use and harm, but they are increasingly being used in clinical trials for drug therapy in the search for more effective treatment routes – for example, treating depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, or even anorexia.”
What’s more, this new research from the University of Kent may “help explain why rave culture has endured over the past thirty years.”
H/T: Mixmag, Source: University of Kent | Photo via Curious Josh for Insomniac