Funding Psychedelic Research Petition E-1210

Psychedelic-assisted therapies have shown clear promise as breakthrough interventions for treatment-resistant post-traumatic stress disorder, treatment-resistant major depressive disorder, end-of-life anxiety in terminally ill cancer patients, and various substance addiction disorders (ranging from nicotine, to alcohol, to opioids).

We are asking the Minister of Health to consider the future benefits and reduced harm if she funds research on psychedelic therapies in hospitals and universities.

Please sign this petition to advance the state of mental health research and make Canada once again, a world leader in psychiatric treatment.
Here is the petition in its entirety:

Whereas:

  • Globally – and within Canada – a multitude of pilot studies and controlled clinical trials have established clear and experimentally-validated protocols for the safe use of psychedelics in clinical-therapeutic contexts.
  • Psychedelic-assisted psychotherapies have shown clear promise as breakthrough interventions for treatment-resistant post-traumatic stress disorder, treatment resistant major depressive disorder, end-of-life anxiety in terminally ill cancer patients, and various substance addiction disorders (ranging from nicotine to alcohol to opioids) – debilitating conditions that the Parliamentary Information service’s studies have concluded to cost the country well over $50 billion annually.
  • Psychedelic compounds, and the plant sources they are derived from, cannot be patented, and as such, there is no incentive for pharmaceutical companies to invest in the development of these treatments despite a rapidly growing body of evidence supporting their effectiveness.
  • As such, clinical research using psychedelics thus requires robust public funding in order to progress. Such funding would help to establish Canada as a world leader in the development of novel mental health treatments and interventions.
  • Therefore, given the strong precedent for the safe use of psychedelics in controlled-clinical settings,

We, the undersigned, Citizens of Canada, call upon the Minister of Health to request that the Minister acknowledge the potential for psychedelic research to generate novel and effective treatment options for these – and likely various other conditions – and to commit significant, multi-year, funding for major psychedelic research projects at hospitals and universities across Canada.

Sign the petition here in English or in French.  If you would like to help us gather signatures, use the links above on a tablet so signatories can fill in their details, or print these QR Codes so people can snap them with their phones:
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Join the discussion on Facebook. Here’s Dan Greig of CSSDP  U of T talking about psychedelic research at the recent Mapping the Mind With Mushrooms conference on Sept. 23. Share it with a link to the petition.

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Current Research:

Dr. Robin Carhart-Harris will be speaking in Toronto at the university of Toronto on October 30th, giving a talk called “Can Magic Mushrooms Treat Depression?” Tickets are available at the psychedelic speakers tab on the menu.

 

Carhart-Harris et al, Psilocybin with psychological support for treatment-resistant depression: an open-label feasibility study, The Lancet, 2016.

Dos Santos et al, Antidepressive, anxiolytic, and antiaddictive  effects of ayahuasca, psilocybin and lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD): a systematic review of clinical trials published in the last 25 years, NIH, 2016.

 Roland Griffiths et al, Psilocybin produces substantial and sustained decreases in depression and anxiety in patients with life-threatening cancer: A randomized double-blind trial, NIH, 2016.

Kenneth Tupper, et al, Psychedelic medicine: a re-emerging therapeutic paradigm, CMAJ, 2016.

Robin L Carhart-Harris1 and Guy M Goodwin, The Therapeutic Potential of Psychedelic Drugs: Past, Present, and Future, 2017

Maps news: Breakthrough therapy news

Michael Pollan. The Trip Treatment: New Research on the Healing Properties of Psychedelics. The New School, 2016

Michael Pollan – The Trip Treatment: New Research on the Healing Properties of Psychedelics from The New School at Commonweal on Vimeo.

British Columbia looks to Portugal to combat opioid crisis – Globe and Mail

Parliamentary Research Office – Current Issues in Mental Health in Canada – The Economic Impact of Mental Illness, 2013

CBC Quirks and QuarksInterviews with Dr. Mark Blier and Dr. David Nutt, March, 2017

NYU researchers talk about their experience with psychedelic research, Horizons Conference, NYC, Oct. 2017

Press Contacts:
Vancouver – Mark Haden – Maps
mark@markhaden.com
Adjunct Professor UBC School of Population and Public Health
Executive Director of MAPS Canada

Ottawa – Paul Grof,  MD, PhD, FRCP
paulgrof75@gmail.com
Director, Mood Disorders Center of Ottawa
Associate Editor, Canadian Journal of Psychiatry
Professor of Psychiatry, University of Toronto

Montreal – Jean-Sebastian Fallu
jean-sebastien.fallu@videotron.ca
Universite de Montreal
514-777-5948

The Petition has spawned dozens of articles in the press:

Robust public funding’ needed for psychedelic drug research say researchers – CBC Radio

Psychedelic drug therapies hold great promise, need more research funding: scientists – Global News

Fund research for psychedelic drugs: experts – Sachem.ca

Fund research for psychedelic drugs: experts – Hamilton Spectator

http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/feds-urged-to-back-research-on-psychedelic-drugs-for-medical-treatments-1.3605518

Feds urged to back research on psychedelic drugs for medical treatments – Waterloo Chronicle

https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2017/09/25/feds-urged-to-support-research-on-psychedelic-drugs-for-medical-treatments.html

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/robust-public-funding-needed-for-psychedelic-drug-research-say-researchers-1.4305592

Fund research for psychedelic drugs: experts – My Kwartha

National Post

Psychedelic drug therapies hold great promise, need more research funding: scientists – Global News

Winnipeg Free Press 

Montreal Gazette,

Regina Leader-Post

Vancouver Sun

Metro News

Castanet

The Sudbury Star

Fund research for psychedelic drugs: experts – Inside Belleville

Drogues psychédéliques à des fins thérapeutiques; recherche et financement – Radio Canada 

Feds urged to back research on psychedelic drugs for medical treatments – Chronicle Herald – Halifax

Fund research for psychedelic drugs: experts – Our Perth

Feds urged to back research on psychedelic drugs for medical treatments– Pentiction Herald

Feds urged to back research on psychedelic drugs for treatments – UBC News

Fund research for psychedelic drugs: experts – DurhamRegion.com

Feds urged to back research on psychedelic drugs for medical treatments – New Hamburg Independent

Fund research for psychedelic drugs: experts – TheIFP.ca

Psychedelic drug therapies hold great promise, need more research funding: scientists – National – Animal Creed

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