Psychedelic Therapy Gets Nod In Canadian Clinic

Psychedelic Therapy Gets Nod In Canadian Clinic

In January, a man with terminal cancer received the first federally approved magic mushroom treatment in Canada. Now the first clinic in Calgary has opened psychedelic therapy. Let’s know more about psychedelics and the research behind them.

Crux of the Matter

What Are Psychedelics?
They are hallucinogenic drugs, which mainly triggers an altered state of consciousness and causes psychological changes. Eg: LSD and psilocybin (magic mushroom).

What States Of Consciousness?
Meditation, mystical experiences, near-death experiences and ego death. However many such drugs are illegal worldwide under the UN conventions.

What Does The Research Say?
Certain studies conducted using psilocybin in therapies reveal that these drugs may assist with treating depression, mental illnesses, alcohol and nicotine addiction, etc.

What About ATMA’s Calgary Clinic?
It is Canada’s first psychedelic therapy clinic with the National Psychedelic Training Center. Their foremost patient was also granted a Section 56 exemption by Health Canada.

Which Psychedelic Drug Would They Use?
Psilocybin. It is still undergoing clinical trials but is safer for use for removing end-of-life distress for cancer patients.

Is This Palliative Care Therapy?
Yes. It is a treatment designed to decrease the symptom burden of a complex medical condition, in order to improve the
patient’s quality of life.

How Will It Work?

“It’s kind of the opposite of what a typical antidepressant or psychotic medication would do. Typically, they will suppress or numb down what’s happening in your emotions and spirit body, whereas the psychedelics will actually raise those things and allow a therapist to work with you to really work through and not just suppress whatever that is that’s holding you back, for example, for depression or anxiety, PTSD especially.”

ATMA Clinic’s CEO David Harder

  • Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics is a 2020 documentary film, in which the premise revolves around celebrities telling anecdotes about hallucinogenic drug usage. It is among the final film appearances of Fred Willard, Anthony Bourdain, and Carrie Fisher.
  • The term psychedelic is derived from the Greek words psyche meaning “mind” and deloun meaning “to manifest“, hence “mind-manifesting“. The word was coined in 1956 by British psychiatrist Humphry Osmond.
  • A trip sitter is a term used by recreational or spiritual drug users to describe a person who remains sober to ensure the safety of the drug user while he or she is under the influence of a drug; they are especially common with first-time experiences or when using psychedelics, dissociatives and deliriants. This practice can be qualified as a means of harm reduction.

Canada PM Trudeau Comments On Situation Of Indian Farmers

Canada PM Trudeau Comments On Situation Of Indian Farmers

Canada PM Justin Trudeau and his Defence minister have offered support to Indian farmers, who are protesting over the new Farm Bills brought by the Centre.

Crux of the Matter

Trudeau And Indian Farmers
Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau addressed Punjabi-Canadians on 551st birth anniversary of Guru Nanak.

He also addressed situation of farmers in India amidst Farm Bill protests.

I would be remiss if I didn’t start by recognising the news coming out of India about the protests by farmers. The situation is concerning, and we are all very worried about family and friends. I know that’s the reality for many of you. Let me remind you that Canada will always be there to defend the right to peaceful protest. We believe in the importance of dialogue and that’s why we have reached out through multiple means directly to the Indian authorities to highlight our concerns.

Justin Trudeau, PM, Canada

Trudeau was also joined by the Harjit Sajjan, the Defence Minister of Canada.

The reports of peaceful protesters being brutalized in India are very troubling. Many of my constituents have family there and are worried about the safety of their loved ones. Healthy democracies allow peaceful protest. I urge those involved to uphold this fundamental right.

Harjit Sajjan, Defence Minister, Canada

Indian Reaction
Trudeau’s comments have been welcomed by the protesters in India but criticized by the Indian Government.

We have seen some ill-informed comments by Canadian leaders relating to farmers in India. Such comments are unwarranted, especially when pertaining to the internal affairs of a democratic country.

Anurag Srivastava, Spokesperson, Ministry of External Affairs, India

Dear @JustinTrudeau, touched by your concern but India’s internal issue is not fodder for another nation’s politics.Pls respect the courtesies that we always extend to other nations. Request PM @narendramodi ji to resolve this impasse before other countries find it okay to opine.

Priyanka Chaturvedi, MP (Rajya Sabha), Shiv Sena
  • The Komagata Maru incident involved the Japanese steamship Komagata Maru, on which a group of people from British India attempted to immigrate to Canada in April 1914, but most were denied entry and forced to return to Calcutta. A riot ensued, and they were fired upon by the Indian imperial police, resulting in the deaths of 20 people.
  • The Punjabi Market is a commercial district and ethnic enclave in Vancouver, Canada. Also known as Little India, it is officially recognized as primarily a major South Asian and Indo-Canadian business community and cultural area.
  • A 2001 photograph of Justin Trudeau wearing brownface makeup at a private school dinner party has surfaced online just after the Canadian prime minister launched a reelection campaign in 2019. The photo was taken while he was teaching in Vancouver. Trudeau accepted and apologised for his actions later stating “I didn’t think it was a racist action at the time, but now we know better, and this was something that was unacceptable and, yes, racist.”