A Canadian psychotherapist is seeking government approval to use psilocybin mushrooms to treat anxiety in patients facing the end of life. Bruce Tobin, who is also an adjunct professor at the University of Victoria, recently announced that he has formed a group to help him get the permission he needs.
The group, Therapeutic Psilocybin for Canadians, maintains that psilocybin shows potential in helping patients with a terminal disease.
“The strength and consistency of the clinical research to date indicates a strong likelihood that psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy is a low-risk and effective treatment for end-of-life anxiety,” according to the group’s website.
Tobin told Vice that he is also receiving pro bono assistance from two cannabis attorneys. The legal team plans to argue that there is a legitimate medical need for the treatment and thus a constitutional right for patients to have access to it. It’s a strategy that was used successfully for medical cannabis in Canada after a struggle of many years. But with a more clearly defined focus, Tobin said he expects that the fight to legalize the medicinal use of psilocybin won’t take as long.
“I expect the timeline is going to be much shorter,” Tobin said. “My basic attitude toward