Do Canadians have a constitutional right to magic mushrooms?

Olivia Goldhill
Do Canadians have a constitutional right to magic mushrooms?

A Canadian therapist has asked Health Canada to permit the use of psilocybin, the psychedelic ingredient in magic mushrooms, for medical reasons. Therapist Bruce Tobin said he submitted an application with Health Canada in March, asking for approval to treat cancer patients’ end-of-life anxiety with psilocybin. Magic mushrooms are illegal under Canada’s Controlled Drug and Substances Act, but Health Canada has a Special Access Programme that gives patients with life-threatening or serious conditions the right to experimental medication if conventional treatments have failed.