Canada has legalized the use of psychedelic mushrooms as a treatment for depression.


Health Canada has expanded its exemptions from the laws prohibiting the use of psilocybin-containing mushrooms, according to a report by Vice World News. Exemptions for a growing number of treatments have been granted in recent months. Producing, possessing, and selling psilocybin, the active ingredient in psychedelic mushrooms, is illegal under Canada’s Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Health Canada began granting exceptions to this rule for people with terminal illnesses only last summer. This was due to a growing body of research demonstrating psilocybin’s therapeutic benefits, which were quickly expanded beyond terminal patients. Now, a 67-year-old woman claims to be the first person to receive an exemption without a terminal diagnosis, according to Vice. Mona Strelaeff of Victoria, British Columbia, said, “I’ve struggled with anxiety, depression, and addiction for years.” “During my psilocybin therapy, I went deep into my past, all the way back to when I was a little girl and all the things that happened to me. All of my unresolved trauma surfaced, and I was terrified, shaking uncontrollably and crying uncontrollably. ”

The study of psilocybin in a therapeutic context is relatively new, and the Canadian government previously granted the only exemption. Many experts have praised the comfort and perspective it can provide palliative patients, and a growing number of people believe it can also be used to treat depression. Based on personal experience, Strelaeff concurs. “I conquered those difficult memories,” she told reporters, “and after a while I realized… I ain’t scared of jack s-.”

Policy changes like this are slowly making their way to the United States. Oregon voted to legalize psilocybin-assisted therapy statewide in November 2020, and Washington, D.C. voted to decriminalize the drug entirely. Meanwhile, the seeds of a legitimate industry are sprouting up around these treatments, with several companies rushing to offer the treatment wherever it is legal and advocating for its legalization where it is not. Vice spoke with the people behind TheraPsil, а compаny thаt speciаlizes in psilocybin-аssisted therаpy for pаlliаtive cаre. The non-profit offers the first legаl trаining progrаm for doctors аnd therаpists who wаnt to do this type of work. It remаins to be seen whether more stаtes will follow suit in decriminаlizing аnd legаlizing mаrijuаnа


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