The government of Canada has approved use of psychedelic mushrooms to treat patients suffering from depression and other mental conditions.

This came after Health Canada expanded its exemptions from the laws which prohibit people from using mushrooms which contain psilocybin commonly referred to as magic mushrooms.

In recent times, Health Canada, the body responsible for assisting Canadians maintain and improve their health has been allowing more and more exemptions for the use of psychedelics substances but for treatment purposes.

The controlled drugs and substances act in Canada states that it’s illegal to produce, possess and sell psilocybin in the country. Psilocybin is the active compound in psychedelic mushrooms however, since last summer, Health Canada has been making exceptions to this law for patients with terminal illnesses only.

While speaking to Vice World News, Mona Strelaeff a 67 year old woman from Victoria, British Columbia believes that she is the first person to get an exemption without a terminal diagnosis.

I have struggled with anxiety, depression and addiction for years. During my psilocybin therapy I went deep, way back to when I was a little girl and all those things that happened to me. All the unresolved trauma, it came back and I was beyond terrified, shaking uncontrollably and crying,” said Mona.

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