Some health-care providers in Nova Scotia want more training when it comes to using psilocybin — commonly known as magic mushrooms — to help treat end-of-life distress and possibly other mood disorders.

But they say bureaucracy is stopping them from getting it. They say that hurts providers and patients.

“There’s a high need for this therapy among folks who are experiencing end-of-life anxiety … depression and existential angst,” said Jeff Toth, a registered nurse and advocate for psilocybin treatment.

“At this point not having therapists who are trained in this modality, it’s limiting [patient] access.”

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