Earth based medication advocate and activist, Ian Benouis joined me to discuss his work with veterans suffering from PTSD, earth based medication, etc.
Surrender to being. Your true nature is pure energy and that energy is infinite love. You can not die. Your energy can only be transformed and transmuted. You are the wave having a particle experience. You do not know where and when you will pop up next. You live in the dance of infinite superposition which is full possibility until an observer observes. The multiplicity is in the unity. This is the mystical level where all is connected in one wave. Observe yourself as the One who observes All. The observing One, the one being observed, the observation, are all ONE!
In this episode my guest is Ian Benouis who is a West Point graduate, former Blackhawk helicopter pilot, US Army officer and combat veteran who participated in Operation Just Cause in the Republic of Panama. He is an activist for the beneficial use of plant medicine, especially for veterans with PTSD. Ian is also a Muslim and a psychonaut.
This week we talk with the veteran Ian Benouis who works to connect those who served with the plant medicines. He works with the Weed for Warriors Project and the Veterans for Entheogenic Therapy. Psychedelic Therapy for Veterans You can see their project of taking 6 soldiers with PTSD to the Amazon for Ayahuasca in ‘Soldiers […]
I know the plant and earth medicines work for service trauma as I have gone to Peru and Mexico with other veterans where we have successfully used ayahuasca, ibogaine, 5-Meo-DMT and other plants to treat PTSD with the help of shamans, healers, facilitators and doctors and of course one another. Veteran love is the best medicine. Veterans have learned and recent studies have shown that the highest correlating factor for contracting PTSD from military service is childhood trauma. The medicines help veterans achieve self-love, self-acceptance and self-forgiveness. This healing allows for veterans to reintegrate in to society. These outputs of the war machine who swore an oath to defend the Constitution against enemies foreign and domestic, who signed their lives away on the dotted line and have not renounced their oath, who are trained in lethal force and are seeking belonging and a calling to a higher purpose, can take their rightful place in society as peaceful warriors showing the rest of humanity a way forward.
I’m sharing this because I initially wrote it over 20 years ago and it still a useful indictment of our failed War on Drugs today.
The Entheogen Review, Summer Solstice, 1995
The following essay first appeared in the March 13, 1995 issue of Legalese, the student publication of the University of Houston Law Center. It also ran in the University of Houston student publication the Daily Cougar. The author has generously made it available to the public — it may be photocopied and sent to officials and policy-makers concerned with decisions related to The War on Drugs.