“This is something that can give you a normal life back.”
By Clayton Henkel, NC Newsline
North Carolina’s Compassionate Care Act, a bill that would legalize medical marijuana for certain patients, faces an uncertain future in the state House this session. But state Rep. John Autry (D) has turned his attention to another set of drugs. The Mecklenburg County Democrat is working to advance research on psychedelics.
Hallucinogens like “magic mushrooms” conjure up a certain image in some circles, but Autry said it’s time to get past the stigma and look critically at the benefits of psilocybin, ketamine and other such drugs, when carefully administered.
Dr. Raymond Turpin, executive director of the Pearl Psychedelic Institute in Waynesville, has been studying therapeutic uses of psychedelics since the mid-1980s.
“We have been conducting ketamine-assisted therapy for several years,” Turpin told reporters last week. “We are currently participating in the FDA’s Expanded Access Program, treating people with treatment-resistant PTSD using MDMA-assisted therapy.”
Turpin described one patient as a completely disabled veteran.
“In his first MDMA-assisted session, he felt like it was 10 years of therapy in six hours. And we’re seeing some incredible changes just within the last few weeks. These compounds have been around a
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