Therapists in Canada will be allowed to possess and consume psychedelic mushrooms, said Canada’s Minister of Health Patty Hajdu. Earlier this year Canada approved the use of psilocybin mushrooms for some end-of-life patients, but did not say at the time whether therapists themselves could take the drug.
Hadju announced the news at a virtual town hall meeting.
- Psilocybin Mushrooms have been shown to help patients who suffer from addiction and mental health. Why are we only allowing palliative Canadians access to mushrooms? Why don’t addicts or those with suicidal ideations deserve access?
- Through subsection 56, the Minister of Health approved an exemption and allowed someone who was not at the end of life to access these mushrooms.
- Yesterday (December 1st, 2020) Health Canada approved some physicians access to Psilocybin mushrooms to test. We are still testing these mushrooms and their effects; and we are taking these discussions out of the shadows and into more of a mainstream conversation.
Marijuana Moment reports..
Canada will allow a handful of health care professionals to possess and consume psilocybin mushrooms in order to better treat the growing number of patients now permitted to use the psychedelic drug, the country’s top health official revealed in a recent interview.
The statements by Minister of Health Patty Hajdu appear to be the first public announcement of the health ministry’s response to pending applications by therapists to use psilocybin. Hajdu’s office over the summer granted requests by some patients in end-of-life care to use the drug for psychotherapy, but officials left unanswered whether they would approve similar requests by the therapists themselves.
Speaking at a virtual town hall meeting hosted by Hedy Fry, a member of the House of Commons, last week, Hajdu said that national health regulators had granted therapists’ request just a day earlier.
“I also am happy to say that yesterday Health Canada granted exemptions to a number of health care professionals who wanted to possess and consume mushrooms containing psilocybin,” the health minister said. She described the move as “controversial for some and not for others, but the doctors that prescribe this therapy wanted to understand what it would feel like and how to best use it to help their patients that are struggling.”
Canada Will Let Health Care Professionals Legally Use Psychedelic Mushrooms, Health Minister Says