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US veterans with PTSD turn to psychedelic drugs overseas as VA frustration grows | Fox News

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Marcus revealed that in November 2017, after burying old traumas for years, ibogaine drove him to face them.

In 2007, Marcus Capone began therapy after a stellar 13-year military career that included seven deployments as a U.S. soldier. In 2010, the first of several prescriptions for him to take to treat conditions ranging from PTSD to a moderate traumatic brain injury was an antidepressant.  All of that changed in November 2017 when the Capones followed the counsel of a fellow Navy SEAL who informed them about a traditional medication called ibogaine that is derived from the bark of a rainforest shrub that is native to Gabon in West Africa. 65 special operations personnel who traveled to Mexico for treatment between 2017 and 2019 were the subjects of a 2020 study that looked at the effects of ibogaine and another psychedelic drug, 5-MeO-DMT, and found significant decreases in symptoms of PTSD, depressions, anxiety, suicidal ideation, and cognitive impairment.Ibogaine “permits the evocation and reprocessing of traumatic memories and occasions therapeutic and meaningful visions of spiritual and autobiographical content, which are of key value in resolving PTSD-related psychological content,” according to the researchers’ theory.



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