Welcome to the 'psychedelic renaissance', as anyone who follows research into and access to this class of drugs will call it. The past few years have brought a perfect storm of new knowledge, loosening of restrictions and curiosity from new users searching for medical solutions.
Right now, in cities like Toronto and Vancouver, you can buy psilocybin, also known as 'magic mushrooms' in storefront dispensaries—and although that appears to be illegal, not much is being done about it. Meanwhile, doctors and patients are requesting, and getting, access to both psilocybin and MDMA to treat PTSD and depression.
So, in a few years, will psychedelics be the new recreational marijuana?
GUEST: Erika Dyck, historian and researcher; Canada Research Chair in the history of health and social justice; author of Psychedelic Psychiatry: LSD from Clinic to Campus