The use of plant based medicine or even psychedelic substances for treating post traumatic stress disorder in soldiers returning from war is not only gaining steam but is possibly one of the best ways we can show the benefit of these treatments for emotional traumas.
“That is really what we’re aiming for, and we’re doing it carefully,” said Rick Doblin, the executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, which financed the MDMA study. “After all this cultural turmoil, the split between the military and the psychedelic community, it would really be something if we could come together and use some of these drugs to help people.”
The experiment we are going to discuss today though has a different flavor to it however, one that begs the question of why we go to war to begin with.
Previous Military Experiment
In an experiment conducted in 1963, a crew of British soldiers were given LSD as part of a morning drink while in the field. As you will see in the video, LSD isn’t conducive with violence or war -something we will discuss more below.
“Fifty minutes after taking the drug, radio communication had become difficult, if not impossible. But the men are still capable of sustained physical effort; however, constructive action was still attempted by those retaining a sense of responsibility despite their physical symptoms. But one hour and ten minutes after taking the drug, with one man climbing a tree to feed the birds, the troop commander gave up, admitting that he could no longer control himself or his men. He himself then relapsed into laughter.”
Exploring The Use Of These Substances
You might be sitting there thinking, “Did we need LSD to figure out war isn’t conducive with our hearts desires?” A good question, but when you consider how often we are encouraged to explore our hearts and feelings in our modern day world, including how we interact with other nations, we can quickly see that for many of us it’s not so obvious.
The exploration of our hearts, love and individual connection with other human beings seems to be a long lost art that as time goes on becomes increasingly less and less of a priority. Sure, we’ve been fighting for years, but it’s only gotten worse, way worse. What does that say about our learning?
Through media propaganda and fear mongering we’ve been convinced on a mass scale that people in other areas of the world want to kill mass amounts of people in other areas of the world and in order to stop it from maybe happening we have to go kill them or take control of their countries. Unfortunately this belief is very common amongst the population and therefore they see enemies in not only people from other countries but also their own. Just look at the racial wars happening in the US right now.
For some of us, without taking these substances we already feel the oneness that exists between us all. By that I mean the fact we are all the same, no different, just playing out different characters in this world. We feel the love we all are at our core and see no reason and have no feelings to go to war with one another never mind even harm one another.
But, for many this can be a great opening to feeling, seeing and understanding this connection, and for that reason utilizing them under the proper circumstances can be very beneficial for us. I wonder how many of these soldiers had a different perspective following their experience.
To be clear, I don’t believe these substances can save us or fix everything, in fact simply on their own I think the value may not be extremely high – no pun intended. I believe in the proper setting, with the right intention, guidance and exploration of ones self, preferably assisted, these substances have the most value and can make a big impact.
We’ve covered using these substances as medicine in depth. For more on this topic click here.
What are your thoughts? Should these be used more often to help treat and dissolve things like emotional trauma, past childhood experiences, anxiety, depression, etc?
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