Despite being widely available both online and in some physical stores across Canada, magic mushrooms — also known as psilocybin or psilocin — are illegal. They are listed as Schedule III substances under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and consuming them can be punishable by up to three years in prison. Despite their illegal status, there is growing interest in the psychoactive substance for its potential therapeutic benefits in treating mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. However, even though clinical trials have shown promising outcomes, as of right now no psilocybin-based therapeutic products have been approved by Health Canada. URL
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For the foreseeable future, most people will have to buy their mushroom supply through illegal outlets like Larsen’s. Those who choose to go the illegal route, however, should take precautions when choosing their vendors and be wary of low-quality or contaminated products. For this reason, it is advisable to purchase magic mushrooms from a reliable vendor with a solid industry reputation who can assure the quality and safety of their products.
In the past, when areas in Haida Gwaii produced Liberty Cap mushrooms, hundreds of people flocked to the region to pick them. But the influx of pickers caused issues such as property damage, adverse reactions to the fungus and “bad trips” that led to hospital visits.
The owners of Magic Mush hope to avoid similar problems by offering a range of carefully tested products to ensure safety and consistency. The store also offers microdose capsules containing small amounts of the psychedelic ingredient that can be taken regularly over a set period to achieve subtle effects rather than a full trip.