Jared Rinehart is a former U.S. Marine as an infantryman from 2006 to 2011, and separated as a sergeant. In 2013, he became a contractor and protected a base in the southern province of Afghanistan where he saw a lot combat.
Phil Sussman is a former U.S. Army cavalry and civil affairs officer who saw the trauma of war from his three deployments and he spent a total of 10 years in service.
In this episode (Part 1 of 2) Jared and Phil join us to discuss how veterans are now turning to psychedelics to help them heal from the trauma of war. After experiencing the positive effects of psychodelics himself during a trip to Peru, Jared knew this was his purpose: to help others like himself overcome the demons he knew too well. Both share their own personal experiences, the challenges of using psychedelics as part of the healing process and having to face their demons, how the process shouldn't be taken lightly, and how it's helped them in their healing journey. It's not the destination, it's part of the journey.
The FDA designated MDMA and psilocybin as "breakthrough therapies" in 2017, which expedites the study and development of drugs that "may demonstrate substantial improvement over available therapy." The Veteran Affairs continues to research opportunities to aid in those struggling with PTSD.
Please see our show disclaimer regarding this content. This episode and the second part are meant to share personal stories of two individuals and to describe/share treatments our veterans are seeking as part of their healing process.
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