Fund Psychedelic Research for Mental Health

Fund Psychedelic Research for Mental Health

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Maryam Shabir started this petition to U.S. Senate and

According to NAMI, 1 in 5 adults in the U.S suffer from a mental health illness.  Meaning that someone you know, or even you, are suffering from a mental health illness. 

The most common medication given for mental health illnesses is antidepressants. While antidepressants do help some people, studies have shown they only work slightly more than placebo. At the same time, they have negative side effects and have very nasty withdrawal effects when you stop taking them. 

With mental health issues on the rise, we need to find other solutions to make sure that the most effective treatments are being studied and offered.

A route that we can take is through researching drugs related to psychedelics. Psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy (PAT) is a promising treatment for mental health illnesses.  With PAT, under the supervision of a trained professional, psychedelics are administered in a controlled setting. 

An example is 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine(MDMA) which was called  “a breakthrough therapy for PTSD” by the FDA. In fact, there was a 76 % success rate after using MDMAMDMA is currently in Phase III trials with the FDA because of the promising research.  

However, an issue that arises is the lack of funding and the stigma surrounding psychedelics. The stigma was mostly caused by the war on drugs; the same war that was motivated by racist and political agendas. Contrary to popular belief psychedelics are not physically addicting and they do not make you crazy. There is a small chance it can trigger (not cause) schizophrenia, although only if you have a direct family history of schizophrenia. 

An important fact is distinguishing psychedelics from recreational use and medical use. MAPS state, "MDMA is not the same as "Ecstasy" or "molly." Substances sold on the street under these names may contain MDMA, but frequently also contain unknown and/or dangerous adulterants. In laboratory studies, pure MDMA has been proven sufficiently safe for human consumption when taken a limited number of times in moderate doses."

Despite this, for-profit pharmaceutical industries are not interested in researching MDMA because the patent for MDMA has expired, meaning they can not make a profit off of it. They are already making so much money off of overprescribing other addictive medications. Also with MDMA and other psychedelics you only have to take them a few times for long lasting results, the opposite of taking antidepressants every day for a very long time. 

I am not saying that psychedelics, or MDMA, is a magic pill that will be a cure-all for everyone. However, if there is a possibility that it can help so many people, as a country dependent on science, there needs to research. 

The issue I am tackling is more than just having a petition to allocate funding towards psychedelics. It's about trying to help millions of Americans who struggle getting out of bed every day because of their illness. These include our veterans, our mothers, fathers, children, friends, co-workers, and neighbors. Let us change that for them. 

Let's urge members of the government to fund research for psychedelics by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and through other governmental organizations.

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