Despite the overwhelming proof from scientific studies on the myriad of therapeutic properties magic mushrooms possess, the fungi remains illegal in Canada. Numerous studies conducted by top researchers from John Hopkins, UCLA, and NYU have indicated that psilocybin, the active compound found in magic mushrooms, can help alleviate mental conditions such as anxiety, stress, and depression.

The shrooms also play a significant role in people’s spiritual and religious lives. They are transformative, and through them, people can change their lives for the better, focusing on the positives rather than the negatives. With such a portfolio, shouldn’t psilocybin be legal and accessible to medical patients and, consequently, anyone who needs to improve the quality of their lives? A majority of Canadians seem to think so, which is why there is growing public support for the medical use of psilocybin in Canada.

 

What do the polls say?

Pollara Strategic Insights (commissioned by TheraPsil) conducted two surveys to gauge the public’s opinions on the use of psilocybin for terminally ill patients and those that suffer from treatment-resistant depression. The first survey was conducted in June and the second one in October.

In June, 41% of Canadians automatically supported the legalization of psilocybin to help the terminally ill. When the undecided participants and those in disapproval were provided with extra information, the percentage went up to 59%.

In October, the same survey was conducted, and this time, the number of people who at the top of their mind supported the use of psilocybin by the terminally ill rose from 41% to 64%. When additional information was provided, the number rose to 73%.

56% of Canadians approve the use of psilocybin in helping patients with treatment-resistant depression.

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What does this mean?

From the high numbers above, it is clear to see the overwhelming support from the Canadian residents for psilocybin-centered treatments for a number of conditions. The Canadian are ready to accept and incorporate psilocybin as a legitimate treatment for treatment-resistant depression and end-of-life distress.

Fortunately, the government has slowly begun aligning with public opinion. In August 2020, the Federal Health Minister, Patty Hajdu, permitted the use of psilocybin to treat four Canadians who were suffering from end-of-life distress. It doesn’t end there…

The minister recently granted exemptions to several healthcare professionals that permits them to purchase, possess, and use psilocybin to better understand the therapy and how it works on patients. By undergoing the psychedelic treatment themselves, the healthcare workers are better placed to help their patients attain better mental health and overall wellness.

The mental health crisis in Canada is quite alarming. The numbers keep rising, with almost half of the affected being considered ‘high risk.’ The pandemic and the hopelessness that comes along with it is worsening the situation.

 

Take Away

The current medications available to treat different mental conditions, such as anxiety, depression, and stress, are either ineffective, too expensive, addictive or have serious adverse side effects. If psilocybin offers a better, safer, and more affordable alternative, then it is an avenue worth exploring. The majority of Canadians are behind this initiative, and the hope is that the government will align itself with popular opinion and legalize psilocybin for medical purposes.

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