- Chad Kuske is a retired Navy SEAL who lives in Oregon where psilocybin, the psychoactive component in “magic” mushrooms, was legalized on November 3.
- Kuske said an underground mushroom trip he did in August 2019 minimized his depression, anxiety, anger, and reactiveness. Now, he does guided psilocybin trips every four months.
- Kuske told Insider he believes Oregon’s legalization could changes others’ trajectory if they’ve dealt with debilitating mental health problems like he did.
Before his first facilitated “magic” mushroom trip, Chad Kuske couldn’t escape his own road rage.
If another driver pulled in front of him, he’d become consumed with anger, speeding ahead all of the cars on busy highways. For hours following a drive, Kuske couldn’t let go of the anger, tension, and anxiety he felt during them, no matter how brief.
But after more than a decade self-medicating with drugs and alcohol to cope with PTSD, Kuske, a retired Navy SEAL who served for 18-and-a-half years until 2016, learned of an underground psychedelic retreat where army vets like himself could take psilocybin, the psychedelic compound in “magic” mushrooms as a potential treatment for anxiety and depression.
In August 2019, Kuske had his first therapeutic mushroom trip. He told Insider the experience transformed his life, breaking destructive patterns, reducing PTSD symptoms, and helping him feel less distressed about daily life.
“I came out of it feeling rejuvenated, feeling this massive weight had been lifted off of me that I’ve been carrying around needlessly for decades,” Kruske, 39, told Insider. “I came out of the session with the desire and the willingness to make the changes necessary to start moving in the other direction.”
Soon, this type of alternative psychedelic-drug treatment could be more widely available in the United States.
Published: November 10, 2020
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