The Canadian Health Minister Patty Hajdu has allowed 17 healthcare professionals to possess and use psilocybin to conduct professional training in psilocybin therapy.

The decision, announced Tuesday, marks the latest step in Canada’s path towards the legalization of psilocybin, a psychedelic drug originally found in so-called “magic mushrooms.”

Since August 2020, Canada’s Health Minister has granted 14 exemptions to access psilocybin therapy, mainly for patients dealing with end-of-life distress.

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