View all articles in this issue
Hallucinogenic Drug Use and Personal Belief in Paranormal Phenomena
Download this article for $1.00 (FREE for Members)
by Melissa Garthwaite, Joe Miele, and John Broida* - University of Southern Maine (Garthwaite, Broida); East Stroudsburg University (Miele)
Categories: Personality | Physiological | Sensation/Perception
Use of marijuana has been linked to belief in extrasensory perception (ESP) and other paranormal phenomena. We examined the possibility that such acceptance is characteristic of users of other types of hallucinogens. We also explored acceptance of other paranormal phenomena in relation to drug use. In Study 1, surveys were distributed to university students; in Study 2, a snowball sample of acquaintances was used to diversify the group surveyed. Results indicated there is no significant relationship between use of serotonergic hallucinogens and acceptance of ESP. Furthermore, no link was observed between marijuana use and belief in ESP. Belief in other paranormal experiences, including telepathy and aura, was related to the use of hallucinogenic agents. Factors other than use of hallucinogenic agents may be more important in creating a belief in the paranormal.