VA Research with MDMA & Psilocybin for PTSD & Depression | theSITREP

In this episode, theSITREP covers VA’s decision to research the safety and efficacy of using MDMA and psilocybin, in a therapeutic environment, to help Veterans experiencing PTSD and depression. For additional videos and resources, on this topic, please visit the links below.

DISCLAIMER: It is extremely important to note that the VA does not recommend psychedelics be used as part of a self-treatment program. Veterans in the existing trials do not simply take psychedelics. Therapists and other health professionals are involved in closely monitoring the treatments. This is part of the safety protocol to better ensure Veteran health. If you’re a Veteran struggling with mental health or substance abuse problems, VA can help. More information is available about how to get support for mental health substance abuse problems through VA at https://www.va.gov/health-care/health-needs-conditions/mental-health/.

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FOR ADDITIONAL INFO ON THIS TOPIC

To improve care for Veterans, VA to fund studies on new therapies for treating mental health conditions

https://newhorizonspodcast.transistor.fm/episodes/psychedelics

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/09/14/health/mdma-ptsd-psychedelics.html

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/newsroom/news-releases/2022/02/psilocybin-treatment-for-major-depression-effective-for-up-to-a-year-for-most-patients-study-shows

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41591-023-02565-4#author-information

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