Canadian entrepreneur gifts $5 million to help create psychedelic research centre for mental health

Solarina Ho CTVNews.ca Writer TORONTO — Canadian tech entrepreneur and venture capitalist Sanjay Singhal was in his early 30s when he was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder. It had been a lifelong struggle — one moment feeling great, then suddenly mentally paralyzed and unable to get out of bed for three straight days. “When I…

Patient hopes Canada will introduce regulations for psychotherapy with ‘magic mushrooms’

Psilocybin one of several psychedelics being given temporary legal exemptions to help ease emotional suffering Camille Bains · The Canadian Press · Posted: Jan 18, 2021 10:13 AM PT | Last Updated: January 18 In this May 24, 2019, file photo, a vendor bags psilocybin mushrooms at a pop-up cannabis market in Los Angeles. (Richard…

Canada Is Allowing People With Depression to Do Psychedelic Mushrooms

A B.C. woman is believed to be the first non-palliative patient to be allowed to do shrooms legally. JS by John Semley Toronto, Canada Canada has granted a B.C. woman an exemption to use mushrooms to treat her depression. The Canadian government is allowing patients who are not terminally ill to legally consume psychedelic mushrooms,…

Some doctors, therapists get Health Canada permission to use magic mushrooms

The health professionals can use psilocybin themselves to begin to develop therapies Kate Dubinski · CBC News · Posted: Dec 10, 2020 5:00 AM ET | Last Updated: December 10 Four months after it allowed a handful of palliative care patients to use psilocybin as a way to relieve end-of-life suffering, Health Canada has cleared…

Motion to prevent sale of magic mushrooms defeated by Vancouver council

Coun. Pete Fry referred to motion as ‘anti-drug hysteria’ CBC News · Posted: Sep 12, 2019 10:13 AM PT | Last Updated: September 12, 2019 Vancouver city council struck down a motion Wednesday night to deter and prevent the sale of psilocybin mushrooms, a psychedelic drug also known as magic mushrooms. The motion from Coun. Melissa…

Psychedelic drugs might help treat mental health disorders study says

A new study suggests illicit drugs, such as magic mushrooms, have the potential to ease anxiety and PTSD On the Coast · CBC News · Posted: Sep 08, 2015 7:38 PM PT | Last Updated: September 8, 2015 LSD, magic mushrooms and ecstasy are well known street drugs not usually associated with medical treatment. But…

‘Magic mushroom’ drug can reduce anxiety and depression for years: study

‘Magic mushroom’ drug can reduce anxiety and depression for years: study

A single dose of psilocybin, a compound found in “magic mushrooms,” provides long-term relief of anxiety and depression in cancer patients, a new study finds. In fact, cancer patients who were given psilocybin reported reductions in anxiety, depression, hopelessness, demoralization, and death anxiety more than four years after receiving the dose in combination with psychotherapy….

The growing push for medical use of psilocybin in Canada

TORONTO — Growing evidence about the powers of psilocybin, a naturally occurring psychedelic compound produced by several species of mushrooms, being used to treat anxiety and depression has inspired advocates to file a federal court challenge next month to allow its use to treat terminally ill patients. Psychotherapist and professor at the University of Victoria…

Low Doses of Psilocybin Help Extinguish Conditioned Fear

By Ross Pomeroy Researchers have discovered that low doses of psilocybin, the psychedelic compound in magic mushrooms, speed the extinction of the conditioned fear response in mice. The results could pave the way for psilocybin to be explored as a potential treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder and other related conditions in humans. Reporting in the…

Psilocybin: A Journey Beyond the Fear of Death?

In one of the largest and most rigorous clinical investigations of psychedelic drugs to date, researchers at Johns Hopkins University and New York University have found that a single dose of psilocybin—the psychoactive compound in “magic” mushrooms—substantially diminished depression and anxiety in patients with advanced cancer. Psychedelics were the subject of a flurry of serious…