Psilocybin, ketamine and other psychedelic compounds are being increasingly explored in mental health research studies, including studies on veterans suffering from trauma. In a January 18 press release, psychedelic company Havn Health announced its support to launch a Canadian counterpart to veteran organization Heroic Hearts, called Heroic Hearts Canada. Havn Health takes an “active part in supporting research for microdosing therapies in treating mental health disorders utilizing psychedelics,” according to its website.
Heroic Hearts Canada will promote education and research to support Canadian veterans, using unique approaches. Specifically, Heroic Hearts connects military veterans who are struggling with mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to psychotherapy including medicines including ayahuasca, psilocybin and ketamine.
“Our continued collaboration with Heroic Hearts has the potential to make an extraordinary impact on the mental health and overall well being of military veterans,” Havn Life Director Tim Laidler stated. “As a veteran working in the mental health field, I understand the challenge of managing day-to-day activities and mental health when returning to civilian life. I am hopeful for better outcomes for veterans managing PTSD and Havn Life is looking forward to working closely with veterans and others with military backgrounds.”
Last December, Havn Life announced its supply of psychedelic compounds for a study run by Heroic Hearts in a location where psilocybin is not considered a controlled substance. Researchers will investigate the efficacy of psilocybin mushrooms on veterans suffering from PTSD, TBI and other mental health issues.
Data indicates that two-thirds of Canadian military personnel with PTSD did not respond completely to the best conventional therapies, according to a 2018 study that examined recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration of injured service members and veterans. In addition, suicide risk was higher in Canadian Armed Forces veterans than the Canadian general population, according to a “Life After Service” study published in 2016.