It was illegal to obtain psilocybin Canada until Health Canada introduced its special access program in January. The amendments allow health professionals to request manufactured psilocybin for patients. In the past, people had to grow mushrooms or find an unlicensed dispensary to purchase the drug.
Thankfully, the government has made things easier for Canadians and other countries seeking the psychedelic compound.
It’s important to keep in mind that psilocybin mushrooms can be very powerful and potentially cause hallucinations in some people. However, they’re safe to grow at home and can be consumed in controlled conditions.
It is important to understand that growing psilocybin mushrooms is a complex process. Proper environmental conditions are essential to ensuring the best possible harvest. You also need to be aware of potential contaminants when growing mushrooms at home.
Despite legal obstacles, many dispensaries and cannabis dispensaries are now openly selling psilocybin. In Vancouver, Canada, dispensaries sell psilocybin over the counter.
The owners of these dispensaries are hoping to spur legal action so that the issue of decriminalization is brought before the courts. Dana Larsen of Coca Leaf Care & Mushroom Dispensary in Vancouver says that she is hoping to set a precedent.
The first Canadian patient to access psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy will fly to Vancouver Island in August 2020. He received a medical-grade psilocybin from Psygen Labs in Vancouver Island and participated in group therapy with five other patients.
- The study is the first of its kind in Canada and has been approved by Health Canada late last December.
- In the meantime, consumers may continue to experience anxiety and depression.
- Although psilocybin is illegal in Canada, some provinces have allowed the use of magic mushrooms.
- Cannabis is illegal in Canada, but doctors and psychologists in certain provinces have granted exemptions for people suffering from serious mental illness.
In addition to psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy, psilocybe mushrooms are legal in Canada for people suffering from terminal illnesses. There are also therapists who prescribe these mushrooms to people who suffer from depression, anxiety, or a host of other conditions.
In the case of a Massett resident, a judge dismissed the Crown appeal against her acquittal on charges of possessing psilocybin. RCMP constables had found psilocybin in Parnell’s home. Chief Justice Nathan Nemetz agreed with the defense council that a conviction for possession of a natural plant cannot be justified.