Canada’s Magic Mushroom Dispensary

Canada’s Magic Mushroom Dispensary

As Canada lags behind the rest of the world in approving therapeutic psilocybin, mushroom dispensaries are popping up in Vancouver and Toronto. They operate in a legal grey area, selling the drug to people who don’t have a health care practitioner’s prescription or other authorization to take it. The federal government has largely turned a blind eye to them. Go here: magicmushroomsdispensary.ca

Psychedelic Paradigm: The Promise of Magic Mushroom Dispensaries

Ybor City’s Chillum Mushrooms and Hemp was one of the first dispensaries to start selling mushrooms that are technically legal. Its products don’t contain the psychedelic substance psilocybin, but they do make you trip, according to the company.

Psilocybin is listed as a Schedule III drug under the Controlled Substances Act, and its cultivation, sale and possession are illegal in Canada. But there are exemptions for people with mental-health conditions who need to access it for therapeutic reasons.

Taking magic mushrooms can change the way you see, smell and hear and cause you to feel very light or heavy. They can also induce ‘flashbacks’, where you experience a bad trip again later. You are at higher risk of side effects if you take them with other drugs, including alcohol and some psychiatric medications.

A lawyer who specializes in drug policy told Global News that police may choose not to enforce the law against these stores, depending on factors such as noise complaints, reports of sales to minors or links between a store and organized crime. He says they have more pressing issues to deal with and are likely more concerned about the cannabis shops that have opened up in bigger cities.

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