CANNABIS CULTURE – Mental Health Practitioners from TheraPsil, a Vancouver-based non-profit, have been approved by Health Canada to possess and use psilocybin for experiential training in delivering psilocybin-assisted therapy.
The decision by Federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu comes just four months after TheraPsil successfully advocated for four terminally-ill patients to gain access to the psychedelic substance found in magic mushrooms through Canada’s compassionate use exemption.
Bruce Tobin, TheraPsil’s Founder and Board Chair says the Canadian government “has recently become a world-leader in allowing patients access to psilocybin to treat end-of-life distress and with these new approvals for therapists, Health Canada now rightfully acknowledges that clinician experience with psychedelic medicines is an important part of their training.”
He went on to explain, “Therapists having psychedelic experience are able to more deeply empathize with patients and understand their experience. It’s part of what helps therapists to provide the highest standard of clinical care to their patients.”
Fully understanding what clients go through when taking psilocybin will help therapists know when to intervene and when to stay put, letting someone ride out their emotions.
Chi Psilocybin, founder of Tripsitters.org, agrees “a hundred thousand percent,” that anyone working with someone on a mushroom trip