Thomas Hartle says his first psychedelic trip was life-changing.

In the summer of 2020 the Saskatoon man became the first person in Canada to legally try psilocybin — the active ingredient in what are commonly known as “magic mushrooms” — after an exemption from then-Minister of Health Patty Hajdu.

Hartle, 54, was diagnosed with Stage 4 terminal colon cancer in 2016 and says the drug helped him face his anxieties about dying.

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