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: https://t.co/Q6lfJSgh37 pic.twitter.com/IecEW6B5YK — 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.
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