Music festivals remain as popular as ever, passing down decade after decade regardless of what the popular genre currently is. The connection between music festivals and drug use, however, also remains just as linked as they were in past generations.
The link between music festivals and potentially dangerous drug use is so strong that many festivals even contain on-site drug testing stations to check the purity of various drugs so users know what they are taking.
Here we break down the most popular drugs used at music festivals, and what makes them dangerous in those settings.
1) Ecstasy (MDMA/Molly)
Ecstasy remains one of the most popular music festival drugs, and also one of the most dangerous. Ecstasy is a psychoactive drug that has both stimulant and hallucinogenic properties. Ecstasy can cause severe dehydration, which is particularly dangerous in settings like an outdoor summer music festival.
Ecstasy also most commonly comes in a pressed pill form, which may or may not actually contain ecstasy. It is also very common for the pills to be laced with other dangerous drugs, such as methamphetamine, fentanyl, and other drugs.
2) Psychedelic drugs
Psychedelic drug use has been a part of music festivals nearly since their beginning. LSD (aka acid) and psychedelic mushrooms (aka ‘shrooms) remain the most popularly used psychedelics at music festivals.
The potential for having a “bad trip”, where one has a very dis-pleasurable reaction to the drugs, is always a very real possibility with psychedelic use. This can be particularly dangerous in a public setting such as a music festival, where help may not readily be available.
Much like psychedelic drugs, cannabis use during music festivals goes back to their origin. Over the years, however, the strength of cannabis products sold has exponentially increased.
Edible marijuana products and highly potent extracts such as dabs typically produce an extremely strong high that can be quite disorienting and dangerous in a public setting.
Like most large gatherings, alcohol abuse is rampant at music festivals. The incidence of alcohol poisoning is particularly high at music festivals, especially ones lasting multiple days.
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