Alberta, Canada is taking a step forward in the psychedelic revolution by allowing patients to legally consider adding psychedelic-assisted therapy to the list of treatment options available for mental illnesses. This policy may set a precedent that moves Canadians one step closer to accepting psychedelics as medicinal substances.
It is important to note that the policy is only available through registered and licensed psychiatrists in the province and that the use of psychedelics is still illegal in most jurisdictions around the world. But, if cannabis has taught us anything, medicalizing may simply be a short stop before decriminalizing and commercializing.
It will be interesting to see how this policy plays out in Alberta and if it will lead to further reforms in other parts of Canada. It is clear that the psychedelic revolution is gaining momentum, and Alberta may be the first of many jurisdictions to embrace this new approach to mental health.