Patients

Why psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy?

If you have come to this website, you may be aware of the groundbreaking research being done around the world that has shown the effectiveness of psilocybin in combination with skilled psychotherapy to reduce depression, anxiety, and end-of-life distress for those living with cancer.

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


How TheraPsil helps?

TheraPsil supports Canadians with cancer, a palliative diagnosis, and end of life distress to exercise their Charter right to compassionate treatment using psilocybin, through their application for exemption of section 56(1) of the controlled substances and drug act (CDSA).

These are the steps you may follow with our team:

  1. Check whether you qualify (see criteria below)
  2. Connect with us to talk with a TheraPsil nurse for more information
  3. If eligible, we will provide materials and support for your application


Do you qualify for TheraPsil’s Support?

If you meet all 3 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. You are Canadian, 19+ years of age, and a BC resident. You’re interested in trying psilocybin, have identified a potential supply and are seeking legal protection and a supervised treatment program
  2. You have cancer and have received a palliative diagnosis. 
  3. As a result of your diagnosis, you experience end-of-life psychological distress (anxiety/depression/demoralization). 
  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 psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy at this time or to provide a referral to those who might provide it.

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.


Do you have the right to psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy?

Based on the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Canadian courts have clearly ruled that patients have the right to make their own choices regarding medical treatment when faced with a life-threatening illness.

For more information about our scientific, legal, and moral reasoning, visit our reasoning page.

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