Access Psilocybin Therapy

Access Legal Psilocybin-Assisted Therapy

Psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy is the professionally guided use of psilocybin in combination with psychotherapy.

Research has shown that psilocybin therapy can improve the quality of life and end-of-life care for individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, and hopelessness as a result of a life-threatening diagnosis.

TheraPsil helps patients access legal psilocybin-assisted therapy by applying to the Minister of Health for a 'section 56 exemption'. TheraPsil then connects approved patients with therapists trained in psilocybin-assisted therapy to facilitate their treatment.

As of December 2021, TheraPsil has assisted 47 Canadians from several different provinces in accessing this legal treatment option.

If you are suffering from existential distress as a result of a past or present terminal or life-threatening diagnosis, please click the button below to fill out a secure form, and get in touch with us!

Please note: TheraPsil is a very small non-profit with limited resources - we appreciate your patience and understanding as we do our best to support as many patients as we can. We also recognize that Section 56 exemptions, while useful to open the door for access and help some individuals, are not an ideal way for patients to access healthcare. As such, we are advocating for regulatory change so that all Canadians in medical need can access psilocybin therapy and/or medical psilocybin through consultation with their healthcare professional, instead of ad-hoc exemptions granted by the Minister of Health. If you or a loved one could benefit from psilocybin therapy, please contact your Member of Parliament using our advocacy tool, to let them know compassionate access to psilocybin therapy is an issue that deserves immediate attention. Your voice matters and will help make change. 

TheraPsil has supported individuals like Thomas Hartle, who has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. Thomas was the first individual to be treated with legal, psilocybin therapy in Canada (since psilocybin was made illegal in 1974).

The below video was recorded the day after Thomas's psilocybin session. Here he describes how the treatment he received has had a positive impacted on his perception of living with a life-threatening cancer diagnosis.

Patient Stories

“After my stage 4 cancer diagnosis 3 years ago, I was a wreck. I endured 10 rounds of chemo and multiple surgeries, all of which left me physically and emotionally destroyed. I was left to pick up the pieces of my life, with very little support other than that of my wife. The medical system had treated my cancer, but had left me to struggle alone with the emotional scars and anxiety regarding what my oncologist called the ‘not insubstantial chance of recurrence’. I became deeply depressed and isolated, terrified, obsessed with the fear that my cancer would come back. The pandemic didn’t help. Neither did the CT scans and blood work I had to get every 3 months for follow up. I tried to get help on my own - I saw a psychiatrist who prescribed antidepressants which left me numb but still scared and depressed. I saw multiple therapists who didn’t really know how to help me. I tried meditation. My wife, watching me go through all of this, suggested that I look into psilocybin therapy. My new therapist (finally found a great one) supported this idea. When I looked into it, I began to see there was real potential for me to benefit from this treatment. TheraPsil’s team helped me with every step on the journey and I was delighted to finally be approved for an exemption this fall. When I was approved, Therapsil’s amazing team helped me to find a therapist near me. I’m so grateful to the team at Therapsil for all their compassion and generosity in what has been and continues to be the most challenging time of my life. I truly believe this treatment may change my life.”

- Anonymous

Why psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy?

All around the world groundbreaking research has been and is being done regarding psilocybin-therapy. This research has shown the effectiveness of psilocybin in combination with skilled psychotherapy to reduce depression, anxiety, and end-of-life distress for those living with a terminal illness, in palliative care or who are experiencing distress as a result of a life-threatening illness.

Foundational studies on psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy can be found at the following links:

How TheraPsil helps?

TheraPsil supports Canadians experiencing end-of-life distress / distress as a result of a life-threatening illness, to exercise their charter right to seek compassionate treatment using psilocybin, through application for exemption of section 56(1) of the controlled drug and substances act (CDSA).

These are the steps you may follow with our team:

  1. Check whether you qualify (see criteria below) & contact us.
  2. Discuss with TheraPsil's intake team about if psilocybin therapy is right for you. 
  3. Under the guidance of the TheraPsil intake team, seek medical support from your community health care provider. 
  4. If eligible, we will provide materials and support for your section 56 exemption application.
  5. Wait for a response and/or approval of your section 56 exemption to access psilocybin-therapy.
  6. If exemption approved, connect with qualified and trained practioners to oversee your psilocybin-assisted therapy. 

Do you qualify for TheraPsil’s Support?

If you meet all of the requirements below, you may qualify to be supported by TheraPsil in an application to the Minister of Health. If the Minister grants the application, you may further qualify for psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy.

TheraPsil’s Requirements:

  1. 19+ Resident of Canada, with a terminal diagnosis OR in remission from a life-threatening diagnosis (i.e cancer survivor) and/or receiving palliative care
  2. As a result of your past or present life-threatening diagnosis, you experience psychological distress (anxiety/depression/demoralization)
  3. You are interested in trying psilocybin therapy and have identified a potential supply of psilocybin mushrooms
  4. Your emotional distress has not successfully responded to other treatments

Please understand that unless your application for exemption is granted, TheraPsil is unable to provide a referral to therapists who provide psilocybin-therapy.

Note: Psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy is not for everyone. Our screening processes serve to keep your unique situation in focus as we work together to determine if it is appropriate to proceed with the application.

If you believe you may qualify to have TheraPsil support an application, please get in touch with us below for more information.

If you do not qualify, we encourage you to advocate for regulatory change with us so that ALL Canadians in medical need can soon have access to this treatment option. Learn more here. 

I believe I may qualify for support - contact us here:

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Please Note: We are committed to completely legal behavior in our advocacy of psilocybin for medical purposes. Recommending the therapeutic use of a psychedelic substance, providing psychedelic psychotherapy, or referring an individual to a therapist for psychedelic therapy is currently illegal, as these actions can open us to the criminal charge of aiding and abetting the possession of a controlled substance.

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