‘Magic mushrooms’ and therapy in Canada

One year ago, the Canadian government made an exception to the country’s drug laws, allowing for the first time four palliative care patients to try using psilocybin — better known as magic mushrooms — to help treat their end-of-life distress.

Dozens more exemptions were approved after that, but the pace of approvals has slowed, and many people are now left waiting to access this therapy in a legal way.

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