Front Burner

'Magic mushrooms' and therapy in Canada

One woman’s experience using magic mushrooms therapeutically, and why some are now pushing for greater legal access to the drug in Canada.
Samples of mushrooms and a small pill capsule.
Psilocybin is extracted from psychedelic mushrooms and then processed into pill form at Numinus Bioscience. (Camille Vernet/Radio-Canada)

One year ago, the Canadian government made an exception to the country's drug laws, allowing for the first time four palliative care patients to try using psilocybin — better known as magic mushrooms — to help treat their end-of-life distress.

Dozens more exemptions were approved after that, but the pace of approvals has slowed, and many people are now left waiting to access this therapy in a legal way.

Today on Front Burner, we're going to hear from one Ontario woman about what using psilocybin meant to her as she dealt with a terminal cancer diagnosis. Then, guest host Antoni Nerestant speaks with journalist Curt Petrovich about the push for greater legal access to psilocybin-assisted therapy in Canada.