Healing PTSD, TBI, Anxiety and Depression with Plant Medicines

Over 44 veterans per day (16,060 per year) take their lives daily by suicide, as they are unable to reintegrate back into society, scarred by the horrors of war and violence. They suffer from trauma, depression, anxiety, Traumatic Brain Injury, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), and panic attacks, while also dealing with physical injuries. These numbers get magnified by the addition of civilian lives lost due to similar traumatic events and mental disorders, as suicide comes at the top of the leading causes of death in the U.S.

Western medicine has been proven to be a little more than useless for these heroes, as the recommended treatment of SSRIs such as Citalopram (Celexa), Escitalopram (Lexapro), Paroxetine (Paxil), Fluoxetine (Prozac), Fluvoxamine (Luvox), Sertraline (Zoloft), and the likes, come with severe side effects, including suicidal ideations.

In contrast, there are plant medicines that offer a natural and safe alternative. They have been used for centuries by indigenous cultures around the world. They have even been studied in the early-to-mid 20th century before Big Pharma played its role in banning most of them. Past and latest studies show that these medicines can be highly effective in treating various mental conditions, such as PTSD, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, TBI, and more.

Yet, these medicines that have the capacity to help save millions of veterans and civilian lives are labeled as Schedule 1 illicit drugs.

HEALING PTSD, TBI, ANXIETY, AND DEPRESSION WITH PLANT MEDICINES AND PSILOMETHOXIN

In the last few episodes of THE HEALTH WIZARD PODCAST, we began to take a dive into the power of these unsung heroes. Today, we will take an even deeper look, because, plant medicines are the new frontier in mental health treatment.

For too long, the only option available to those suffering from mental illness has been pharmaceuticals. While some of these drugs can have some mild benefits for some, they often come with a host of dangerous side effects and are very addictive for most.

Plant medicines, on other hand, have been shown to be incredibly effective at treating a wide range of mental health conditions without side effects.

Some of the plant medicines that have been studied and have shown to be effective in treating mental illness include iboga, ayahuasca, DMT, 5MeO-DMT, MDMA, LSD, and psilocybin. Each of these plant medicines has its own unique properties and can provide different benefits to those who use them.

Iboga, for instance, is a powerful plant medicine that has been used for centuries by the Bwiti people of West Africa. It has been shown to be effective at treating addiction, depression, and PTSD, and can even help to repair the damage caused by TBI.

Ayahuasca has been used for centuries by the indigenous people of the Amazon. It is known for its ability to induce profound spiritual experiences and can be incredibly effective at treating anxiety, depression, and PTSD.

DMT, 5MeO-DMT, and MDMA are all powerful psychedelics that have been shown to be effective at treating a wide range of mental health conditions, including treating severe trauma and CPTSD. DMT has been shown to be effective at treating depression, anxiety, and even addiction.

Psilocybin, the active ingredient in what has been dubbed “magic mushrooms,” has also been shown to be effective at treating a wide range of mental health conditions. It has been shown to be particularly effective at treating depression and anxiety, and can even help to reduce the symptoms of PTSD.

And now, there is a new kid on the block – Psilomethoxin, a fortuitous combination of psilocybin and 5-MEO-DMT.

Unlike 5MEO-DMT and psilocybin, Psilomethoxin does not alter sensory perception or cause any major mental disturbances (lacks any hallucinogenic qualities) at a microdose level and holds a promise of saving millions of lives.

Please join me on today’s episode of the Health Wizard Podcast, as I interview one of the contributing creators of Psilomethoxin, who is also a trailblazer in the field of mental health. We will discuss the benefits of each plant medicine, including Psilomethoxin, and the ways those who suffer from mental or health conditions that can be helped by plant medicines can get the help they need in the most legal way.

IAN BENOUIS

Ian Benouis is a trailblazer in the field of mental health. He is a co-developer of the new plant medicine Psilomethoxin.

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Ian is an intellectual property attorney and a West Point graduate, former US Army officer, Blackhawk helicopter pilot, and combat veteran. He was a pilot-in-command and his aviation brigade flew more night vision goggle hours than any unit in the military except for the Task Force 160 Special Operations.

Ian participated in Operation Just Cause in the Republic of Panama. This operation was the largest combat operation in US history focused directly on the War on Drugs and was the largest special operations deployment ever conducted.

Like many war vets, Ian suffered from TBI and multiple health challenges. Rather than suffering, Ian chose to work with various plant medicines to heal himself.

He is an advisor for Mission Within, where he was Patient One, an organization that treats special operators with PTSD, TBI (traumatic brain injury), and addiction using psychedelic medicines like iboga and Bufo Alvarius Toad, in Mexico.

Having healed himself with plant medicines, Ian has been helping wounded veterans for over 9 years to do the same. In 2016 Ian organized a trip for six veterans with PTSD to Peru for a 10-day plant diet including ayahuasca and other plant medicines. Ian also took some of the same veterans to Mexico for treatment with iboga and 5-Meo-DMT. This experience was captured on video and was released as a documentary titled Soldiers of the Vine.

Ian has moderated numerous veteran panels including the MAPS Psychedelic Science conference in 2018 in Austin and the World Bufo Alvarius Congress in 2019 in Mexico City.

He is a political activist in the natural medicine space nationally and locally in Texas.

Ian and his law partner have created over sixty entheogenic churches in the US.

You can find Ian at his websites: https://psychedelicmusalman.com and https://psilomethoxin.com.

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About Ian Benouis

Ian is a West Point graduate, former US Army officer, Blackhawk helicopter pilot and combat veteran. He is Patient Number One for the Mission Within which treats special operators with PTSD, TBI and addiction using iboga and toad in Mexico. Ian has been helping wounded veterans for over 7 years. Ian has moderated numerous veteran’s panels including the MAPS Psychedelic Science conference in 2018 in Austin and the Bufo Congress in 2019 in Mexico City. He has founded an ONAC church chapter which was later returned to the parent church. He is a founder of a Santo Daime church which is the US chapter of a Brazilian government approved church and has founded a number of other medicine churches in the US with his law partner Greg Lake. Ian participated in Operation Just Cause in the Republic of Panama. This operation was the largest combat operation in US history focused directly on the War on Drugs and was the largest special operations deployment ever conducted. He was a pilot-in-command and his aviation brigade flew more night vision goggle hours than any unit in the military except for the Task Force 160 Special Operations which his unit was ultimately rolled up into when the 7th Infantry Division at Fort Ord, California military base was shut down. Ian grew up in Hawaii in the 1970’s where cannabis was decriminalized and fully integrated in to the culture. He has been healing himself for over 30 years with sacred plants, a spiritual practice, and being a student and practitioner of ethnobotany. Ian was a pharmaceutical representative for Pfizer after he got out of the Army witnessing firsthand the meteoric rise of the SSRI’s and synthetic opioids in the early 1990’s. He is a casualty of the drug war having been arrested for cannabis while in law school. Ian is an intellectual property attorney who has been working in the corporate world for over 20 years in the primary roles of VP of Sales and Marketing and General Counsel. He is a political activist in the cannabis and natural plant medicine space nationally and locally in Texas. Ian was previously the Chairman of the Board for a public policy foundation in Texas for over seven years. Ian was featured in the Spike Jonze produced episode Stoned Vets on Weediquette the cannabis focused series on Viceland on HBO with a number of other veterans protesting the VA’s policy on medical cannabis and trying to end the veteran suicide epidemic. In 2016 Ian organized a trip for six veterans with PTSD to Peru in May for a 10-day plant diet including ayahuasca and other plant medicines with three Shipibo trained shaman brothers that are third generation plant medicine healers. Ian also took some of the same veterans to Mexico for treatment with iboga and 5-Meo-DMT. This experience was captured on video and was released as a documentary in March 2017 entitled Soldiers of the Vine. He is member of the team supporting the movie From Shock to Awe a feature-length documentary that chronicles the journeys of military veterans as they seek relief from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder with the help of ayahuasca, MDMA and cannabis. This movie premiered at the Illuminate Film Festival in Sedona, AZ on June 2, 2018 where it captured the inaugural Mangurama Award for Conscious Documentary Storytelling. Ian Benouis’ Drug War Story as part of Psymposia’s Drug War Stories – Catharsis on the Mall: A Vigil for Healing the Drug War. This was part of the Drug Policy Reform Conference November 20, 2016 in Washington, DC.