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11 Nov 2021

Canada Reaches Psychedelic Milestone with First Legal Group Psilocybin Therapy Session

Roots to Thrive (RTT), an innovative group therapy program based out of Vancouver Island University (VIU), announced on Nov 9 that they held the first legal group therapy session with #psilocybin mushrooms ever in North America.


The multidisciplinary team made up of experienced medical practitioners facilitated the psilocybin-assisted therapy at no cost for nine end-of-life patients who qualified for section 56 exemptions under Canada’s Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA). Program officials had been waiting on the final exemption from Health Canada which was granted just three hours prior to the first session.


Dr. Pamela Kryskow, the RTT medical lead and team member, notes “The safety of psilocybin mushrooms has been well established from millennia of use by Indigenous peoples across the globe and more recently from the clinical trials with psilocybin for participants at end-of-life at Johns Hopkins and New York Universities. Psilocybin has a better safety profile than nicotine and aspirin.”



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