GOP Congressman Who Voted Against Psychedelics Amendment Says MDMA Therapy ‘Sounds Amazing’


A Republican congressman who’s voted against modest measures to loosen barriers on psychedelics research seems to be coming around on the issue following discussions with advocates—including military veterans who have utilized the substances therapeutically—and now says the treatment “sounds amazing.” Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), a veteran himself, moderated a conversation late last month with Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) Founder Rick Doblin and Jon Lubecky, a veteran who’s participated in clinical trials on the efficacy of MDMA in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. In a step towards the destigmatization of psychedelics, U.S. Army SGT(R) @JonLubecky of @MAPS and I attended @RepDanCrenshaw's Healthcare Innovation Summit to discuss the groundbreaking, nonpartisan psychedelic research conducted by MAPS. Watch: — Rick Doblin, MAPS (@RickDoblin) August 12, 2021 During the roughly 20-minute chat at the event at Rice University in Houston, the congressman asked questions about why MDMA therapy appears to be more efficacious compared to traditional therapies and what the experience of taking psychedelics for therapeutic purposes feels like. “It feels like doing therapy while being hugged by everyone in the world who loves you in a bathtub full of puppies licking your face,” Lubecky, who does government relations work for MAPS, said. He credited MDMA therapy, facilitated by the organization, for saving him after multiple suicide attempts.

Crenshaw said the veteran’s description of psychedelic therapy “sounds amazing.” The congressman also shared a story of hearing from a Marine veteran friend with traumatic brain injury issues who said psychedelic treatments “had changed his life.” Yet Crenshaw claimed that he only became aware of this issue “six months ago,” despite having voted against amendments to appropriations legislation from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) that was specifically meant to promote research into the medical value of psychedelics—first in 2019 and again…

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