Tony White called his therapy session powered by magic mushrooms “a good trip.”
The New Year’s Day session at a southeast Calgary home is also the first such federally sanctioned intervention with the still-illicit active ingredient — psilocybin — in Alberta, said the therapy facilitator.
But for White, who’s battling terminal bladder cancer, and his wife, Rebecca, that dose of magic mushrooms sweetened with chocolate chiefly represents an abrupt lightening of a physical and emotional burden.
“I was in a dark place, I’d been diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer at the beginning of COVID-19, I’m tired, I’m upset and I’m tired of being isolated,” said the 46-year-old Airdrie man, who’s been undergoing immuno and radiation therapy.
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