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The Legal Landscape of Psilocybin in Canada (2021)

Introduction

Psilocybin has been a topic of discussion present in western culture since the mid-1950s and has sparked decades of debate around its efficacy as a medicine.

Through the 1950s and 1960s, psilocybin mushrooms and isolated synthetic psilocybin have been tested in mental health clinical trials in order to better understand how people suffering from mental illness can benefit from the drug’s efficacy in reducing the severity of the symptoms of depression, PTSD, and anxiety.

In the early 70s, however, this all came to a screeching halt due to unjust and unethical drug reforms based on political motives that brought decades of promising research to an end.

But now, here in Canada in 2021, things are starting to open up again in the realm of legal use and cultivation of psilocybin mushrooms.

We can’t undo the mistakes of the past, but progress is being made in paving the way to a better future for this medicine.

Upcoming Changes to Drug Reform in Canada

In a recent article published in BC Business, the statistics for the public endorsement for the return of psychedelics to mental health are largely tipped in favor of legal use and cultivation, as outlined in this excerpt from the article.

“In a recent national survey by the Canadian Psychedelic Association, 82 percent of respondents said they approved of psilocybin-assisted therapy for people suffering from an end-of-life illness, and 78 percent said they’d support a government that legalized psilocybin-assisted therapy to improve the quality of life for palliative and end-of-life patients.” 

This is quite a dramatic shift in public perception, even from just a few short years ago. Maybe the awareness of the need for better tools in treating mental health disorders has finally reached a point of awareness in the general public that warranted the need to explore and accept other alternatives to the current pharmaceutical models.

Whatever the case may be, the future is starting to look more and more clear for psilocybin with legal use and legal cultivation licensing in Canada now being considered on an application basis.

What Could This Mean?

According to the information in the article, this means commercial cultivation can now begin to proceed on the basis of provincial legislation and licensing, and it’s already started in British Columbia.

“In February of this year, another Vancouver company, Optimi Health, completed an oversubscribed $20.7 million IPO and listed on the CSE. The company, slated to start selling both functional and psychedelic mushrooms in early 2022, has a 20,000-square-foot complex in Princeton. “It’s set up to be, as far as I know, the largest state-of-the-art psychedelic mushroom cultivation facility in Canada, if not the world,” says chief marketing officer Dane Stevens.”

With this kind of progress happening in 2020-2021, it is likely that psilocybin mushrooms will soon be playing a central role in the mental health and wellness space, as well as in the agricultural space.

Only time will tell when production and availability will expand to a point where these medicines become commonplace as accepted treatments either on a daily program or in high dose clinical settings, but the future of psilocybin mushrooms is once again looking as promising as it once had in the late 1960s.

Summary

The future of psychedelic medicine in Canada is looking brighter than ever, and safe access to psilocybin mushrooms is becoming more common in our culture. As time goes on, it is exciting to think of what is just around the corner for these amazing mushrooms!

Have you ever considered, or are already involved in the medical use of psychedelic mushrooms for health and wellness? If so, don’t forget to visit our mushroom dispensary page and see if the strains we offer may be right for you!