Motivations and morphology of recreational psychedelics use in Germany: A qualitative empirical study
Surveys estimate the prevalence of LSD and hallucinogenic mushrooms use between 7% and 25% among young adults, and up to 50% in nightlife settings. However, there is a lack of research into the patterns, settings, motivations and consequences of use and the subjective experience of drug effects. These questions are investigated by qualitative methods, focusing on interactions of set and setting determinants. Findings reveal 3 types of motivations characterising recreational psychedelics use: Self exploration and insight (psychotherapy or spirituality) correlate with moderate use in private settings, introspective drug experiences and perceived benefits for personal development. Hedonistic motives (sensory enhancement, entertainment, sensation seeking) correlate with intensive use in public party settings, extraverted experiences and perceived problematic consequences. Different motivations tend to be confirmed by subjective experiences like a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Susanna Prepeliczay received a diploma in social sciences in 1997 with a literature study about LSD. From 1998 through 2009, she worked as academic collaborator at Bremen University for ARCHIDO, a library specialised in drugs and addictions. In this framework, she was the coordinator of the ELISAD Gateway Project, an online inventory of web-based resources about illicit drugs, which was performed by a network of European information services (funded by the European Commission). She also worked as a consultant expert on drugs and addictions within the Serbia Assessment of Drug Abuse, and published some articles in the field of recreational drug use. In recent years, she provided psycho-social interventions for chronically addicted women at the Methadone Treatment Centre (EMP) in Bremen. Currently, she is finishing her Ph.D study, a qualitative empirical investigation of recreational psychedelics use in Germany.