Psilocybin

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Canada permits psilocybin therapy for terminally ill patients
Canada permits psilocybin therapy for terminally ill patients
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The Canadian government has announced that the usage of psychedelic mushrooms will be permitted as part of a "psilocybin therapy" for terminally ill patients. The intended benefit is to help people to ease their fear of death and end-of-life anxiety.

Four patients had previously appealed to the Canadian Minister of Health Patty Hajdu in order to get an approval for exemption in order to obtain and consume the substance which became illegal in Canada in 1974.

Laurie Brooks, one of the four patients, has stated: "I want to thank the Health Minister and Health Canada for approving my request for psilocybin use. The acknowledgement of the pain and anxiety that I have been suffering with means a lot to me, and I am feeling quite emotional today as a result. I hope this is just the beginning and that soon all Canadians will be able to access psilocybin, for therapeutic use, to help with the pain they are experiencing, without having to petition the government for months to gain permission."

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United States: Oregon includes vote for therapeutic psilocybin legalization on ballot
Fruit bodies of the hallucinogenic mushroom Psilocybe semilanceata
Fruit bodies of the hallucinogenic mushroom Psilocybe semilanceata Credit: Arp (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

The Initiative PDX-01 has managed approval for inclusion on the ballot of the presidential elections of the United States in November. Voters in Oregon will decide if psilocybin will be allowed for therapeutic use. The measure calls for a transition period of two years in which therapists will be licensed to be approved to treat patients with the psychedelic substance that is found in psychedelic mushrooms.

The chief petitioner of the campaign Sheri Eckerd has stated that "This careful, regulated approach can make a real difference in peoples’ lives and we’re looking forward to bringing this program to the state" advocating for approval by the voters. Oregon would be the first state to legalize the limited use of the substance.