Terminal cancer patient has waited 440 days for federal permission to continue magic mushroom therapy – CBC

Health Canada says more research on the drug still needed

Dec 14, 2022

Thomas Hartle says his first psychedelic trip was life-changing.

In the summer of 2020 the Saskatoon man became the first person in Canada to legally try psilocybin — the active ingredient in what are commonly known as “magic mushrooms” — after an exemption from then-Minister of Health Patty Hajdu.

Hartle, 54, was diagnosed with Stage 4 terminal colon cancer in 2016 and says the drug helped him face his anxieties about dying.

“Before I did my first session, my most painful thought was this idea that I do a lot for my family and at some point I just won’t be here when they need me for something,” Hartle said in a recent interview with CBC News.

“That sentence by itself is a sentence that I would not have been able to say the night before I did my psychedelic session without breaking down emotionally.”

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/magic-mushrooms-terminal-cancer-patient-1.6679585

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