The use of psychedelics in therapy hit another high this week.

A group of 17 health care professionals, among them psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and nurses, became the first in Canada to be granted a legal exemption to use psilocybin – the active ingredient in what are known as magic mushrooms – in their professional training in psilocybin therapy. Federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu granted the exemptions this week.

TheraPsil, the BC-based patient-rights advocacy group, spearheaded the lobbying effort. Earlier this year, TheraPsil helped win exemptions for psilocybin for terminally ill patients suffering from end-of-life anxiety and distress.

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