“PTSD has been a problem for the military for decades, but America’s recent wars have pushed it to epidemic-level heights. Experts estimate between 11 and 20 percent of soldiers who served in Iraq or Afghanistan suffer from PTSD.
We’re in this odd situation where one of the most promising therapies also happens to be a Schedule 1 substance banned by the (Drug Enforcement Administration),” said retired Brig. Gen. Loree Sutton, who until 2010 was the highest-ranking psychiatrist in the Army.
Because of the stigma attached to psychedelics since the trippy 1960s, many military and government leaders still hesitate to embrace them. Some scientists are also wary of the nonprofit spearheading ecstasy therapy, a group with the stated goal of making the banned drugs part of mainstream culture.
But the scope and severity of PTSD makes it all irrelevant, said Sutton, who now works as New York City’s commissioner of veteran services. “If this is something that could really save lives, we need to run and not walk toward it. We need to follow the data.”
Sourced through Scoop.it from: triblive.com
Psychedelics for PTSD? It looks like it’s working for some veterans. Not sure I would try it now, but truthfully when I was at my worst with PTSD I would have swung a dead chicken around my head buck naked at midnight if they told me it would give me some relief. So hopefully perhaps this will help many.