VA Report Says Psilocybin And MDMA Show Therapeutic ‘Promise’ For Veterans’ Mental Health Conditions

VA Report Says Psilocybin And MDMA Show Therapeutic ‘Promise’ For Veterans’ Mental Health Conditions
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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has concluded that psychedelics like MDMA and psilocybin show promise in the treatment of certain mental health conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and severe depression. In a recent report from VA’s Evidence Synthesis Program (ESP), officials said that their review of more than 2,500 “potentially relevant articles” turned up 38 key studies that back the therapeutic potential of psychedelics. The report determined that “MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD may improve symptoms and lead to remission for some individuals in the short-term,” while psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy “for depression also shows some promise.” VA caveated, however, that evidence is “very preliminary and several critical gaps need to be addressed by future research.” The report further demonstrated that psilocybin therapy “may reduce heavy drinking days and average daily alcohol consumption among adults with alcohol use disorder.” Additionally, the department’s researchers cast doubts on the idea that the psychedelic ibogaine can treat opioid-related withdrawal symptoms. “Critical gaps to address in future research include whether treatment effects vary according to patient characteristics and disease severity and whether benefits are durable over time,” the report, dated October and posted online last month, says. “The feasibility of implementing intensive psychotherapy protocols in real-world settings is another critical gap, as is determining how psychedelic treatments could fit into current standard of care and usual care pathways.” With respect of MDMA and psilocybin, which have been designated as “breakthrough therapies” by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), VA’s ESP supported findings about the substances’ therapeutic potential. “MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD has been the most extensively studied therapeutic intervention involving psychedelics,” it said. “Similarly, psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy for depression shows some promise.” “Psychedelics and psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy have been proposed as novel treatments for adults with mental health and substance use disorders based on the supposition…

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