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

Treat drug use as a health issue, not a criminal one: decriminalize paraphernalia [& decriminalize/legalize drugs in parallel]

Over the past decade, nearly half a million people in the United States have died from a preventable drug overdose. At least 11 states have decriminalized drug paraphernalia for personal use. In December, D.C. joined this group. The D.C. law also expanded the kinds of paraphernalia that community organizations can distribute, allowing them to provide…

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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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Politics

Psilocybin… next star in functional food after cannabis…

The Canadian government has recently allowed people in the country with terminal illness to posses and consume psilocybin mushrooms, and later granted 16 healthcare professionals the same exemptions. Over-the-counter [OTC] happened with some of the older medications — they were initially available at drugstores for prescriptions only… but… people with very specific medical problems, such…

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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

Parallels between psychedelic and digital mainstreaming

…no stranger to the psychedelic scene having collaborated with Timothy Leary, Robert Anton Wilson, Terence McKenna, Ralph Metzner, Mark Pesce, and Erik Davis. …the mental health epidemic as an externality of capitalism, and placing our trust in… cures [that generate profits at the expense of individual and natural rights]. Will [the current pandemic] be to…

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