Congressional Lawmakers Push For Psychedelics Research For Veterans In New Report

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Federal health agencies should pursue research into the therapeutic potential of psychedelics for military veterans suffering from a host of mental health conditions, a House committee says in a new report attached to spending legislation. The report for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LaborH) contains novel language stating that the epidemic of veteran suicides necessitates an evaluation of alternative treatment options, including psychedelics. “There have been many recent studies and clinical trials demonstrating the positive impact of alternative therapies, including psychedelics, for treatment resistant post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and major depressive disorder, particularly for veteran participants,” it says. “In light of growing interest in this area, the Committee encourages [the National Institutes on Health] and other relevant Federal agencies to undertake, and where appropriate expand, research to evaluate the effectiveness of psychedelic therapies in treating PTSD, major depressive disorder, and other serious mental health conditions.” While Congress continues to lag on actually enacting drug policy reforms like marijuana legalization, the report language reflects a growing recognition that certain currently illicit substances hold medical potential that has been largely under-researched. It also comes amid a national movement to reform psychedelics law—and as universities are increasingly prioritizing research into the substances. Melissa Lavasani, co-founder of the Plant Medicine Coalition (PMC), told Marijuana Moment that the group has spent the past six months “educating Members on the Hill about psychedelics and their therapeutic potential,” and its “encouraged” by the inclusion of this research language in the appropriations report. “Though we are disappointed that the Committee did not specifically fund psychedelic research, we are not discouraged. We consider this a critical first step in advancing and broadening the research potential of these medicines,” she said. “This committee report language signals to NIH and other federal agencies that…

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