The active component in magic mushrooms helped give Janis Hughes, 66, a new outlook on life as she prepares for death — a benefit the Stage 4 breast cancer patient wants others who are suffering to experience in a safe way.

Psilocybin eased the weight of depression and anxiety the Winnipeg woman faced after receiving her diagnosis, and Hughes said she wants more people to have access to safe versions of it.

“I no longer fear dying which is an enormous gift because I am now able to fully enjoy life however much time I have left,” said Hughes. “It did more than end the end-of-life anxiety: It has been liberating and helped more resolve childhood trauma. It’s been phenomenal.”

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