Poll: More than half of Canadians approve of legalizing psilocybin for treatment-resistant depression

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A poll commissioned by TheraPsil has found that 56 per cent of Canadians approve of legalizing psilocybin therapy for treatment-resistant depression (TRD) and almost two-thirds, 64 per cent, approve of legalizing psilocybin for individuals who have a terminal illness. Conducted by Pollara Strategic Insights in October, more than 1,500 Canadians were surveyed, with results weighted based on age, gender and region. TheraPsil, a B.C.-based non-profit, began polling Canadians about psilocybin treatment in June and the results indicate that respondents are increasingly accepting of legalizing the compound for medical use. The first Canadian to legally consume psilocybin for medical purposes shares his experience Could Canada follow Oregon’s lead on drug decriminalization? Four Canadians receive medical exemptions for psilocybin therapy The organization helped four terminally ill Canadians receive Section 56 exemptions to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) in August and, earlier this month, Mona Strelaeff became the first non-palliative Canadian to be granted access to psilocybin treatment. In total, TheraPsil has helped 13 Canadians receive exemptions, which were granted by Health Minister Patty Hajdu. In the release accompanying the polling data, TheraPsil notes the numbers in support of psilocybin treatment are similar to results in Oregon earlier this month, where 55 per cent of voters said “yes” to Measure 109, which legalized psilocybin therapy within the state. TheraPsil has been waiting for several months to learn whether or not healthcare professionals and clinicians will be granted Section 56 exemptions for training purposes. It is hoping to have an answer by the end of this month and to implement a training program in January 2021. Recent research from Johns Hopkins University found that psilocybin-assisted therapy led to “large, rapid and sustained antidepressant effects in patients with major depressive disorder.” After a week of psilocybin treatment, almost 70 per cent of participants…

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