Magic mushroom therapy could help treat PTSD in Canadian military vets

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This story first appeared in Weekend Dispensary, a new weekly newsletter from The GrowthOp. Signup now to get a story delivered to your inbox every Saturday.  Having spent more than 30 years as a medical officer and psychiatrist in the Canadian Armed Forces, including deployments in Rwanda and Afghanistan, Dr. Rakesh Jetly has both a personal and professional interest in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A chronic condition, PTSD is defined by the Canadian Mental Health Association as a mental illness that “involves exposure to trauma involving death or the threat of death, serious injury, or sexual violence.” According to Veterans Affairs Canada , it is estimated that up to 10 per cent of war zone veterans — including war-service veterans and peacekeeping forces — will experience PTSD. There is not a clear explanation as to why some people are more affected than others. The condition can be particularly hard to treat in veterans, Dr. Jetly says. “There are lots of evidence-based treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder but like many treatments in mental health, they don’t work for everybody,” he says. “So there’s a huge need to think outside the box and think about novel ways in which to help people that are suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder.” What is lab accreditation and what could it mean for your cannabis? Meet the cannabis advocacy group partnering with one of Canada’s leading HIV/AIDS centres This Nova Scotia company is thriving on fish-fuelled cannabis In November 2020, Dr. Jetly was named the Chief Medical Officer of Mydecine Innovations Group Inc., which acquired Vancouver-based NeuroPharm Inc., a developer of natural psychedelic-based treatments for mental health disorders in the Canadian and United States veteran communities, earlier in the year. In his role as CMO, Dr. Jetly — who is also an associate professor of psychiatry at Dalhousie…

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