Canada Shrooms – A Psychedelic Boom Across Canada

Canada Shrooms – A Psychedelic Boom Across Canada

Canada Shrooms

The retail operation adds a new psychedelic vibe to Osborne Village in Winnipeg, and is part of a mushroom boom across Canada that’s challenging existing rules on the drug. But the federal and provincial governments have yet to take a stand on whether or how to respond. URL

Known by their chemical name, psilocybin and psilocin, magic mushrooms are a type of mushroom that contains a hallucinogenic chemical. They can cause a person to see, hear, and feel things that are not real (hallucinations). They are commonly eaten, smoked or snorted. Unless you’re participating in a research study or have a doctor’s prescription, it’s illegal to grow, buy, carry, or sell magic mushrooms. The only way to legally obtain psilocybin is by going through a clinical trial or obtaining a license from Health Canada.

Beyond Recreational Use: The Medicinal Aspects of Magic Mushrooms in Canada

A Vancouver therapist is challenging that law by seeking an exemption to use psilocybin to treat cancer patients’ end-of-life anxiety. If he’s denied, he plans to file an application for a judicial review, using the same argument that’s worked so well in convincing Canadian courts that marijuana shouldn’t be prohibited.

Psychedelic-assisted therapy has long been an option for people with mental illnesses, but it’s only recently that a handful of psychiatrists have begun to legally offer it. The move may be a milestone, but it will likely be a long time before the hallucinogens are accepted as medicine by most doctors and insurers. CBC’s Josh Crabb reports.

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