As a veteran who served in the Iraq War, I know very well how my fellow veterans have suffered with the effects of PTSD and how alternative medicines have been used to help troops suffering whereas the VA and other medical means have failed them. With more and more case studies coming out showing how some of these alternatives are effective, the State of Texas is now starting to reconsider its stance on some of these drugs.

Texas House Bill 1802 which was passed last summer could change the game on drugs in Texas.

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According to CBS Austin, the bill allows the Department of State Health Services in collaboration with the Texas Medical Board to look into the use of substances like 4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, also known as MDMA, ketamine and psilocybin to treat conditions like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, chronic pain, migraines, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

One of the drugs to be studied in Texas, magic mushrooms

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Magic mushrooms which contain the hallucinogen psilocybin, is one of the drugs being studied. In 2020, Oregon became the first state in the U.S. to legalize magic mushrooms and if the Texas studies show the drug to be helpful, it could soon be legalized. The mushroom movement is already a topic talked about in the veteran community, because some who have tried them, feel they work.

But What About Marijuana??

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The jury is still out on the legalization of Marijuana in Texas. While the rest of the nation is getting on the weed train, Texas is just now opening the door to that debate in the upcoming gubernatorial election. Both Abbott and O'Rourke has said that the decriminalizing weed is on their agenda but the Texas Legislature has a strong majority that still wants to lock people up for it. It would be pretty wild if Magic Mushrooms got legalized before weed.

 

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