In June, I traveled to Denver with Zach Weismueller to cover the Psychedelic Science 2023 conference, organized by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), a group that has been working to gain Food and Drug Administration approval of MDMA-assisted therapy for PTSD since the late 1980s. We produced a 30-minute documentary about today’s “psychedelic renaissance.”
The most unexpected speaker at the conference is Rick PerryThe former Texas governor is now the energy secretary for Trump’s administration. What the hell was a conservative Republican on stage doing, praising drugs associated with hippies in the 1960s and counterculture?
I sat with Perry to find out why he thinks psychedelics are a legal medicine to help veterans suffering from PTSD. I also asked him how he would allow more immigrants into the United States legally. And why if he ever took a psychedelic, it would be Ibogaine – a powerful drug made from bark from an African tree.
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