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    VA to Fund Research on Using MDMA, Psilocybin to Address Mental Health Disorders in Veterans

    VA to Fund Research on Using MDMA, Psilocybin to Address Mental Health Disorders in Veterans

    The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced funding for research into the potential use of psychedelic substances to treat post-traumatic stress disorder and depression in former personnel.

    The VA on Friday issued a request for applications from researchers and academic institutions on potential research into the safety and efficacy of psychedelic drugs such as MDMA, psilocybin — the active ingredient in “magic mushrooms” — and other compounds to address mental health conditions.

    According to the VA, it is the first time in nearly six decades the department will fund such research and comes amid a growing but cautious optimism among the veteran community and Congress that the drugs, widely associated with illicit party culture, could offer breakthrough treatments for the unseen wounds of war and military service.

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    “Veterans and VA researchers have told us about the potential promise of psychedelics to treat mental health conditions for some time,” VA Under Secretary for Health Dr. Shereef Elnahal said in a statement Friday. “Now is our chance to study this potential method of treating veterans with PTSD and major depression across the country.”

    VA researchers previously have conducted studies on the use of psychedelics, including MDMA, known also as the recreational drug molly or ecstasy, and…

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