Quebec this week advanced the acceptance of psychedelic therapies by becoming the first governing medical body in Canada to publicly fund medical psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy. The move marks a milestone in the recognition of psilocybin, the primary psychoactive in “magic mushrooms,” and sets a precedent for other Canadian provinces to take similar action.

“This decision is a huge step forward for the use of psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy as a legitimate medical treatment, TheraPsil, a nonprofit group that advocates for the advancement of psilocybin therapies, wrote in a statement on December 15. “It not only provides greater access to this potentially life-changing treatment for patients in Quebec, but it also sets a precedent for other provinces to follow suit.”

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