‘Magic’ Mushrooms have finally gotten their scientific kudos from the medical research community, and now two US congresspersons want to include their use to treat troops in the new Pentagon Policy Bill.
Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, (D-N.Y.), and Daniel Crenshaw, (R-Texas), would direct the Defense Department to study the use of psychedelics in the treatment of PTSD and other related illnesses in active duty servicemembers.
At a news conference earlier this year, Crenshaw, a conservative, said about the use of psychedelics, “everybody’s on the same page because there’s a realization that these therapies are working. There’s already some pretty solid studies, specifically on MDMA, that show just unbelievable outcomes — massive reductions in PTSD symptoms. We need to keep replicating those studies.”
Proponents say psychedelics offer a long-term alleviation of symptoms, if not cures, to some psychological illnesses, sometimes after only a single use.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has previously granted “breakthrough therapy” designations to psilocybin (Magic Mushrooms) and MDMA, another psychedelic, commonly referred to as ecstasy or Molly. The designation recognizes the therapeutic potential of the drugs and can eventually lead to their approval.
Full approval for MDMA is widely expected in the coming months, and psilocybin may not be far behind.
Its interesting to note that psychedelic drugs are already used in some religious services in the U.S., as a way to get closer to God.
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