Health Canada & Magic Mushroom Therapy – Cannabis | weed | marijuana
Health Canada remains hesitant about magic mushroom therapy. They have granted this right to some Canadians, others have been waiting for a response for over 400 days.
In a statement, Health Canada said it is “committed to ensuring that all people who need care at the end of life receive the best possible, quality and compassionate support.”
“Currently, the best way for patients to access psilocybin is by participating in a clinical trial,” the statement said.
This is Health Canada’s Special Access Program (SAP). And what do you do, as Thomas Hartle discovered, when your stage 4 colon cancer and some pencil-pushers turned down your request?
In Canada, it is easier to legally commit suicide than it is to access psychedelic therapy.
How to Obtain Magic Mushrooms Through Health Canada’s Special Access Program
The Special Access Program (SAP) is a Health Canada program that gives patients access to medicines not yet approved for sale in Canada. It is intended for use in emergencies where a patient has a serious or life-threatening condition and no other appropriate therapy is available.
Healthcare providers may request access to medicines for individual patients on a case-by-case basis.
But the SAP does not provide for federal exemptions. It doesn’t give patients an unlimited dose of magic mushrooms. Physicians must submit an application for each session.
Why Psychedelic Therapy?
Psychedelic therapy is a type of treatment that involves the use of psychedelic drugs such as psilocybin “magic mushrooms”, LSD or one of its many analogues, or MDMA. The idea is to provide a therapeutic experience.
Psychedelic therapy is typically performed in a controlled, clinical setting, with the support of a physician or therapist who can provide support and guidance.
The goal of psychedelic therapy is to help people explore their thoughts, feelings, and emotions in ways that can lead to personal growth and healing. Some research suggests that psychedelic therapy can be effective in treating depression, anxiety, and PTSD.
However, more research is needed to fully understand the benefits and risks. As such, Health Canada is taking a tentative approach.
Health Canada is said to be responsible for helping the country maintain and improve its health. Their work aims to help reduce the risk of illness and injury.
Health Canada’s mandate goes beyond promoting and protecting the health of Canadians. They are also meant to provide guidance and guidance on health issues.
They say they work to fulfill that mandate by conducting research, developing policies and programs, and regulating products and services. But when 90% of their funding comes from pharmaceutical interests, fulfilling that mandate is questionable.
For example, we already have studies showing that psilocybin has antidepressant properties. How many more do we need?
Does Psilocybin “Magic Mushroom” Therapy Work?
Psilocybin is a naturally occurring psychedelic substance. Research suggests that psilocybin, or “magic” mushrooms, may have potential as an antidepressant.
For example, one study found that psilocybin produced rapid and sustained improvements in symptoms of depression and anxiety in a group of patients with treatment-resistant depression.
Multiple studies have shown that psilocybin can provide rapid and lasting improvements in mood and well-being in people with treatment-resistant depression. It can also reduce anxiety in people with cancer and other terminal illnesses.
Other studies have explored psilocybin’s potential as a tool to enhance spiritual experiences, promote personal growth, and its effects on creativity, self-esteem, and social behavior.
This is all ongoing research. However, magic mushrooms are not yet approved for medicinal use by regulatory bodies such as Health Canada.
They keep saying that more research is needed to thoroughly understand the potential risks and benefits. But how much is enough? They approved COVID vaccines with less rigor.
But don’t take our word for it. Check out the footnotes section below. We have a lot of research on the effectiveness of psychedelic therapy.
Health Canada is reluctant to use magic mushroom therapy because they know who buttered their bread.
And like cannabis, psilocybin cannot be patented.
Health Canada & Magic Mushrooms: Legalize Psilocybin
Photo by Richard Vogel/AP/Shutterstock (10255885a) A vendor packages psilocybin mushrooms at a pop-up cannabis market in Los Angeles Magic Mushrooms, Los Angeles, U.S. – May 24, 2019
There is a lot of evidence that psychedelic therapies work. But beyond that, individuals don’t need a reason to consume “magic” psilocybin mushrooms.
Individuals have full ownership and control over their own bodies and lives. This idea is central to our notions of individual liberty and the rule of law.
Individuals have the right to make decisions about their own lives and bodies without interference from others, including the right to take psychedelics.
People also have the right to make decisions about their own health, education, and personal relationships. Individual liberty is a cornerstone of liberal political philosophies, emphasizing the importance of individual rights and limited government interference in personal affairs.
Some people will argue that you have no right to harm others. But it’s too far-fetched to put psychedelics in that category. Critics will say that someone on a mushroom ride can hit traffic and cause damage.
But that makes fungi the approximate cause. The ultimate reason is the irresponsible drug user.
And that’s why busy Canadians, whether in the private or public sphere, will not choose legal psychedelics or even a liberal psychedelic medical program.
They believe drugs can turn responsible people into irresponsible people. From an upstanding citizen to a hooligan wreaking havoc everywhere.
Of course, that’s not only wrong, it’s downright disgusting.
Does Health Canada believe that someone with stage 4 colon cancer who is just trying to resolve their end-of-life fears will harm society by taking magic mushrooms?
Health Canada, get out of the way.