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Psychedelics can treat ptsd, so should they be given to soldiers?

Another question is whether they’d even want to fight. “Would people all become hippies and leave the military? I don’t think that’s the case. There’s something noble about defending others and defending your country. Some people will choose to serve and some will not,” said Rick Doblin, the founder of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, or MAPS.

It was concern about psychedelics and warfare that put an end to the first wave of enthusiasm in the ’60s, when the counterculture slogan of “turn on, tune in, drop out” clashed with aims of the Vietnam War. Doblin said he’s had discussions at places such as Walter Reade National Military Medical Center that give him optimism that psychedelic treatments may be made accessible to soldiers still in service – but he added there are ongoing concerns. One is whether soldiers given psychedelic drugs might be less quick to kill. On the other hand, Doblin said those who are “hypervigilant” might do things they later regret, like being too quick to fire on the wrong target.

Original Article (Bloomberg):
Psychedelics can treat ptsd, so should they be given to soldiers?
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