by Matt Agrest
For years, the Free Thought Project has been Reports On the beneficial effects of psilocybin and other drugs ranging from treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to addiction and depression. However, in Liberty Land, in all places except Oregon, Oakland, and Denver, cops will kidnap you and hold you for their use. Tens of millions of people are denied the potentially life-saving effects of this drug based solely on the fact that ignorant government enforcers threaten to use violence against you to possess it.
All this is changing, however, and one of the most conservative nations in the union is aware of it. As psychedelic research has expanded over the years, veterans with PTSD face a unique hurdle because these alternative treatments are not available to them. Instead, VA clinics are tossing out SSRIs like candy and hoping for the best. But thanks to a new law in Texas, we can soon see this paradigm shift.
This month, Governor Greg Abbott (right), approved a bill This will require the state to study the drug’s therapeutic potential on veterans with PTSD.
The state, in partnership with Baylor College of Medicine and a medical center focused on the military, will study the medical risks and benefits of psilocybin, ecstasy and ketamine for military veterans.
The new law also mandates a clinical trial of psilocybin for veterans with PTSD, as well as a broader review of the scientific literature on the three substances.
“It has been said that ‘as in Texas, so does the nation,'” the bill’s sponsor, Representative Alex Dominguez, said in a news release. “As states across the country consider how best to address the mental health crisis facing our nation, I hope that Looking back to Texas for leadership.”
As Dominguez mentioned, there is already a mental health crisis facing America as thousands of veterans commit suicide every year.
“Medicine has the potential to completely change a society’s approach to mental health treatment, and research is the first step to achieving that transformation,” Rep. Dominguez said.
According to Psychedelic Spotlight, this news comes just weeks after the results of a Phase 3 investigation MDMA-assisted therapy for PTSD showed that 67 percent of study participants who were treated with MDMA while undergoing psychotherapy found significant relief from PTSD symptoms, to the point that they no longer met the criteria for PTSD
As TFTP has reported in the past, mushrooms containing psilocybin and other drugs are an enemy of an establishment that has every reason in the world to want to keep them illegal as much as possible.
One industry in particular, Big Pharma, would lose billions if measures like this start spreading to other areas where mushrooms have been clinically tested to treat a wide range of problems, including depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
One in ten men in the United States currently takes antidepressants while 16.5% of women use them as well. If people can treat their depression or PTSD with something you can plant in your home, pill-taking verses with side effects like homicide, the pharmaceutical industry will lose a lot of time.
William Richards helped co-found the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine program 20 years ago, through which hundreds of people have had life-changing experiences in pursuit of these very means, and now is the time for veterans to be able to legally pursue these choices as we will.
Richards credits the “sacred molecules” in such chemicals for causing beneficial effects. While many psychedelic drugs are used, researchers often use psilocybin — found in “magic” mushrooms — for its reliable and promising indications in treating anxiety and PTSD.
After 40 years, it seems that another brick in the wall of prohibition is beginning to collapse in the face of science and logic. Now, if we could get all governments to stop arresting people for doing with their bodies what they saw fit.
Source: free thought project
Matt Auguste is an honorably discharged USMC veteran and former intelligence operator tasked directly by the National Security Agency. This past experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been a freelance journalist for over a decade and has appeared in major networks around the world. The agorist is also the general editor at the Free Thought Project. Follow @MattAgorist on TwitterAnd the SteemitAnd now onwards minds.