Medicine/Healing

New legion veterans village in Surrey will include centre to research medical psychedelics

When complete in 2022, the $312-million Legion Veterans Village on 135A Street will be home to Canada’s first Centre of Clinical Excellence for veterans and first responders with PTSD… Health Canada granted several Canadians coping with end-of-life anxiety exceptions last year to experience a legal trip on psilocybin. They were the first to legally consume…

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Medicine/Healing

Psilocybin may be the answer to autism…

You’re studying how psilocybin may help children with autism. What is the connection between psilocybin, autism, and the microbiome? I’m predicting that in the next 10 years, you’re going to have 10 to 20 distinct autistic sub disorders. And they’re going to be treated differently. We know the dopamine system is part of the problem…

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Medicine/Healing

…law on plants and fungi… better path to reregulation

To recoup the tens-to-hundreds of millions of dollars invested in securing FDA approval and related patents, and then the expense of thereafter marketing their wares for a profit, the corporate owners of these future FDA-approved psychedelics are not acting out of principled charity or for the goodwill of all humankind. They are going to make…

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Biography/Memoir

…exemption to use ‘magic mushrooms’

In August 2020, the federal government began allowing patients with a terminal illness access to… [psilocybe mushrooms] through exemptions to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act [through Section 56, which was the first step in starting Canada’s medical marijuana program]… “These are patients that are dying,” said Minister of Health Patty Hajdu. Dr. Ryan Patchett-Marble,…

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Medicine/Healing

Marijuana: truly the gateway…

The catalyst… was the section 56 class exemption which opened avenues furthering the universality of Canadian access to marijuana. But what does this have to do with the legalization of psychedelic drugs? In making this decision, the Canadian government had set a… precedent: If illicit drugs can be shown to have significant medical benefits they…

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Medicine/Healing

Psychedelic, [entheogenics & ethnobotanicals are] going mainstream. Will it be accessible to all?

The politics around psychedelics are changing as well: With great effort from advocates, various measures to decriminalize possession [and cultivation] of certain entheogens have passed in Oakland, [Ann Arbor, Michigan], Santa Cruz, Calif., as well as Denver [Colorado], and similar campaigns are underway in… other cities, [such as Portland, Oregon]. Sara Reed, study coordinator of…

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Medicine/Healing

Can psychedelics treat physical pain?

…suffering from chronic Lyme disease, I tried all kinds of treatments… psychedelics can… increase awareness of what’s happening inside someone’s body.  After my first iboga ceremony with a shaman in Mexico, I was shocked that not only did my Lyme symptoms completely lift, but the pain that I’d been feeling in my knees after falling…

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Psychology

Mindfulness meditation enhances positive effects of psilocybin

Researchers of the University of Zurich have now shown that mindfulness meditation can enhance the positive long-term effects of a single dose of psilocybin, which is found in certain mushrooms. “Our findings shed light on the interplay between pharmacological and extra-pharmacological factors in psychedelic states of mind,” says Vollenweider. “They indicate that mindfulness training enhances…

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