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Table 4 Comparisons of drug experience characteristics among 250 Internet survey respondents

From: Cannabis as entheogen: survey and interview data on the spiritual use of cannabis

  Typical psychedelic experience
(N = 220)
  Typical cannabis experience
(N = 250)
  Spiritually motivated cannabis experience
(N = 66)
Anger or hate 2%   1%   2%
Confusion 24%   21%   21%
Contact with non-ordinary beings 25% *** 3%   3%
Contact with transcendent forces 34% *** 5%   11%
Disgust 5% * 2%   5%
Ego death or dissolution 33% *** 4%   9%
Fear 24% ** 14%   17%
Feeling of homecoming or return to your essence 60% *** 27% *** 49%
Feeling of isolation from other people 12%   17%   15%
Improved connection with nature 75% *** 48% *** 73%
Improved connection with other people 67% *** 44% *** 64%
Inner visions 57% *** 14% ** 27%
Insight into the world 78% *** 38% *** 56%
Insight into your relations 74% *** 42% *** 65%
Insight into yourself 86% *** 51% ** 65%
Joy 84% *** 56% ** 71%
Love 76% *** 37% *** 58%
Peace 82%   72%   77%
Regrettable behavior towards others 6%   4%   3%
Sadness 19% *** 6%   11%
Surprise 42% *** 8%   14%
Unity with transcendent forces 41% *** 4% * 12%
Words cannot describe the experience 49% *** 7%   12%
  1. Note: The left column of stars indicates significant difference on the paired t-test between a typical psychedelic and cannabis experience (N = 212); the right column indicates significant difference on the independent t-test between spiritually motivated cannabis users (N = 66) and other cannabis users (N = 184) for a typical cannabis experience: * p < = .05, ** p < = .01, *** p < = .001