A proposal from Texas senate to study psychedelics as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder among military veterans has been passed into law. Despite the fact that Texas Governor Greg Abbott, refused to sign the initial bill, he thereafter consented to a separate bill requiring the state to go ahead with the study without his signature.
This bill was introduced at the floor of the house by Rep. Alex Dominguez (D) in February, Dominguez has pushing its progress in the legislation process.
“Psychedelic medicine has the potential to completely change society’s approach to mental health treatment, and research is the first step to realizing that transformation. It’s said that ‘as goes Texas, so goes the nation. While states across the country consider how best to address the mental health crisis facing our nation, I hope they once again look to Texas for leadership,” said Dominguez after the bill was enacted to law.
Under the new psychedelics law, Texas will research on potential benefits and risks of DMT, Ketamine, psilocybin and MDMA which is also referred to as ecstasy in military veterans battling PTSD.
This study will be conducted in collaboration with Baylor College of Medicine and a military-focused medical center. The study is set to incorporate a clinical trial into psilocybin to veterans fighting PTSD.