Thomas Hartle’s quality of life drastically changed when he started taking psilocybin, known as magic mushrooms.
Hartle lives with terminal colon cancer. He has more than 40 tumours in his abdomen, that cannot be operated on.
In 2020, Health Canada granted Hartle an exemption to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act to use psilocybin therapy for one year. He was the first person in Canada to receive an exemption.
The psychedelic-assisted therapy helped ease Hartle’s anxieties about dying.