Supporting equitable access to legal and regulated psychedelic medicine for all Canadians.

Working with partners in government, business, and the community, MAPS Canada is committed to advancing psychedelic medicine by supporting scientific, multidisciplinary research; advocating for drug policy reform; offering public education; and supporting equitable access to legal and regulated psychedelic medicine in Canada.







MAPS Canada is powered by a large and dedicated group of volunteers!

Interested in learning more about scientific research on psychedelics?

Then consider this your invitation to join the MAPS Canada virtual Journal Club.

Each Journal Club session is one hour to ninety minutes long, and features typically two speakers (15 – 20 minutes each) followed by an open Q + A.

8:00 pm ET, the second-to-last Thursday of each month

Meetings are held on Zoom

Anyone with an interest in psychedelic science and research, anywhere in the world, is welcome to attend.


Episode 3: Improving Access to Psychedelics As Medicine

5:00pm PDT - June 22, 2022

Join MAPS Canada as we celebrate our partnership with the groundbreaking Roots To Thrive Community of Practice based in Nanaimo, BC, on and in partnership with the Coast Salish Territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation and Vancouver Island University. We’ll discuss its innovative model and programs, and the results being reported by patients.

Working with stakeholders in Vancouver Island Health and Health Canada, Roots to Thrive provides multi-week, multidisciplinary mental healthcare programs (that include psilocybin-assisted and ketamine-assisted therapy sessions) for physician-referred patients experiencing a range of diagnoses (including PTSD, treatment-resistant depression, eating disorders, substance use disorder, OCD, end-of-life distress, and more) within an evidence-based, decolonized, and equity-informed community of practice (group therapy) model.

The Roots to Thrive team is led by regulated healthcare professionals who have been specifically trained in supporting and facilitating legal psychedelic therapy. Its multidisciplinary team includes over twenty experienced physicians, nurses, psychiatrists, registered clinical counselors, Indigenous knowledge keepers, somatic therapists, cultural and spiritual care practitioners, and trained facilitators.

We are delighted to welcome the founders of the Roots to Thrive Community of Practice and Dr. Lindsay Farrell, PhD, to discuss the on-the-ground impacts of Health Canada’s Special Access Program on patient access to care; why the Roots to Thrive model is both innovative and scalable; and the positive results patients report experiencing with Roots to Thrive’s programs.