Four Canadians with terminal illness have won the right to use psychedelic drugs to treat distress and end-of-life anxiety.
They can now use the magic mushrooms-derived hallucinogenic drug – psilocybin, after the health minister of Canada, Paty Hajdu granted this over 100 days after they made the request.
Since this drug was outlawed in 1974, these four Canadians seem to be the first in Canada to be legally permitted to use this recreational drug.
Two months ago, Thomas Hartle, who happened to be one of the patients applied to Ms. Hajdu directly to be granted permission to use the drug after he ran out of other options to tackle this anxiety around dying.
The 52-year old man with stage four colon cancer made this plea to the government in a video but revealed that the hallucinogenic would go a long way in easing his anxieties. After the new ruling, the man said:
This is the positive result that is possible when good people show genuine compassion. I’m so grateful that I can move forward with the next step of healing.Thomas Hartle
Laurie Brooks, who is another patient from British Colombia, said that:
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.Laurie Brooks
According to a study led by Imperial College London in 2017, it was revealed that psilocybin use helped in the treatment of depression and stress in situations where conventional therapy didn’t work.
Mushrooms having psilocybin and psilocin are categorized as Class A drugs in the United Kingdom; the maximum penalties include seven years in prison and a fine for having it in your possession, and life imprisonment and a fine for supply.