In January, Health Canada made the process of accessing legal psilocybin-psychotherapy for mental health conditions easier for patients. Psilocybin is the active compound found in magic mushrooms.
Thomas Hartle, a 54-year-old suffering from terminal colon cancer, is one of the patients who has benefited from this. Hartle undergoes psilocybin treatment for the management of his end-of-life anxiety, which was brought on by his terminal illness diagnosis. He is one of the few individuals in Canada who have received legal psychedelic therapy since Health Canada made it possible to do so by restoring its Special Access Program.
The country’s Special Access Program, which allowed physicians to request for access to restricted medications that weren’t authorized for commercial sale, was abolished in 2013. Before its restoration, individuals could only access psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy via medical exemptions and clinical trials. Now licensed professionals can file for approval on behalf of patients with mental illnesses such as anxiety, depression and PTSD, especially for those who haven’t benefited from conventional therapies.
Health Canada recently revealed that since the program’s resumption, it had received 15 requests to administer MDMA or psilocybin. This comes as Mindspace prepares to launch a new healthcare facility in Montreal, Quebec. The clinic, which will be called Mindspace by Numinus, will be the first clinic in the province to use psilocybin to treat depression legally.
In a recent interview, Dr. Andrew Bui-Nguyen, a clinic physician and health-care provider, stated that it was an honor to be able to help individuals with their psychological distress and provide something different from conventional therapies. Bui-Nguyen revealed that the clinic had obtained approval from Health Canada on May 5, 2022, enabling clinic physicians to provide care to patients who had tried to manage their depression using conventional treatments without success.
Bui-Nguyen also stated that there was a thorough screening process in place for patients who were eligible for the treatment, explaining that they examined the patient’s diagnosis as well as their medical history, what treatments they had tried and whether there existed a risk of addiction. He also explained that psychedelic-assisted therapy required that a number of therapy sessions be conducted, both before and after each patient had received the drug. During their psychedelic treatments, patients will have psilocybin administered to them while under supervision by a pair of psychotherapists.
Many believe that psychedelics may significantly improve the clinical care for various mental illnesses, with Payton Nyquvest, CEO of Mindspace by Numinus, noting that he hopes psilocybin therapy will become more accessible to all.
The options for patients in Canada in need of novel treatments for mental disorders are now broadening beyond the ketamine clinics operated by companies such as Delic Holdings Corp. (CSE: DELC) (OTCQB: DELCF) to therapies leveraging psilocybin. As more such treatments become available, patients who hadn’t benefited from the conventional treatments will have better outcomes from the psychedelic treatments.
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