Canada is opening up to magic mushroom therapy to improve the quality of life of the seriously ill

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On October 5, David Lametti, the Minister of Justice and the Attorney General of Canada reintroduced Bill C-7 in the House of Commons. This bill aims to make Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) more accessible for Canadians living with grievous and irremediable medical conditions, signalling a change that has been long in coming. Evolution of palliative care in Canada It took many years for MAiD to successfully gain support and be legalized in Canada. It was first introduced to Parliament in 2005 and passed in 2016. The proposed amendments to MAiD are now expected to pass quickly — likely by the end of 2020. This is because it took time to navigate some of the implications from the introduction of MAiD. Today’s proposed amendments are grounded in a more unifying principle — Canadians deserve the quality of dying as they do the quality of life. The first Canadian to legally consume psilocybin for medical purposes shares his experience First non-palliative Canadian has been approved for psilocybin therapy Forget taking a pill a day. Canada is using psychedelics to revolutionize the way we treat mental health and addiction Support for quality of dying has been a pillar of Canada’s social fabric for close to 50 years. Notably, palliative care emerged in Canada in the 1970s through Dr. Balfour Mount, a surgical oncologist at The Royal Victoria Hospital of McGill University in Montreal. He was the first to coin the term palliative care. Canadians were living longer lives and, at the same time, living with more chronic and life-limiting diseases than ever. With close to 70 per cent of Canadians’ deaths resulting from cancer, circulatory diseases, and respiratory diseases, it became more important to find ways to help people manage pain and discomfort and access support to die with dignity. How psilocybin…

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