While shrooms—also known as psilocybin mushrooms—were taboo for a long time, the notion has begun to break in recent years. Like many other places around the world, shrooms have recently found their way into niche markets in Canada. Some countries and regions have entirely legalized the drug, while others have decriminalized it. Canada, on the other hand, has a different approach.
Aside from their psychedelic effect, shrooms may be beneficial for a host of medical conditions, which is the primary reason for the push for its legalization. Although not constitutionally legalized in Canada, dispensaries are popping up to offer this unique substance.
What Are “Magic” Mushrooms?
“Shrooms” or “magic mushrooms” are colloquial terms for psilocybin mushrooms, which look physically like regular mushrooms eaten as vegetables. But the colors are like that of poisonous mushrooms. They come in many varieties and have colorful names such as amazon, golden tops, blue meanies, and liberty caps. The significant difference between shrooms and standard garden mushrooms is the presence of psilocybin.
The presence of psilocybin gives magic mushrooms the hallucinogenic properties it’s most known for. Psilocybin is said to hyper-connect the brain, allowing different parts of the brain to synchronize together, which doesn’t happen naturally.
That allows the brain to enter into a dreamlike state that also results in particular audio-visual quirks. Researchers worldwide have discovered that this elevated state of mind may effectively treat those with depression, stress, and other psychological conditions, as well as palliative care patients. With viewpoints of shrooms slowly changing worldwide, many doctors and therapists are now more inclined to utilize it in their therapy.
The effects of magic mushrooms vary from person-to-person. They vary based on a couple of key factors, such as age, weight, body mass, the amount ingested, and the mushroom’s potency—which depends on the breed. Once you ingest it, you can experience a wide variety of physical responses such as euphoria, increased body temperature, and heartbeat, among other side effects.
Are Psilocybin Mushrooms Legal in Canada?
The short answer is no; psilocybin mushrooms are not legal for any Canadian to purchase under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. However, the law features a clause, Section 56(1), which grants the Health Minister the power to exempt the drug for medical or scientific purposes. Approvals are case-by-case, so again, only those who have successfully appealed for access can purchase and use psilocybin mushrooms.
That was just the first step in a long road as the purchase of shrooms for therapy and mental conditions treatment still hasn’t seen widespread legalization. Most commonly, those who have been granted access to shrooms have been palliative care patients as a means to mitigate end-of-life suffering. Currently, only a handful of Canadian dispensaries deal in psilocybin mushrooms both online and offline.
What Magic Mushroom Products Can You Buy?
Despite being a relatively new addition in Canadian dispensaries, there’s a wide range of shroom product choices available both online and offline. Here are some of the most common shroom products you can find in Canadian dispensaries:
- Dried Magic Mushrooms – The most common and popular form of magic mushrooms are dry mushrooms. They’re often sold in small plastic bags. Since this form of magic mushrooms is in its rawest form, they tend to be pricier.
- Magic Mushroom Edibles – These edibles come in various forms, such as gummies, cookies, iced tea, drink mixes, and more. As one might expect, the edibles’ prices vary in price based on the quantity and strength of the shrooms used in making them.
- Chocolate Shrooms – Chocolate shrooms are a form of shroom edibles. The infusion of chocolate and psilocybin can result in some sweet edibles such as chocolate drink powders, soft chews, chocolate bars, and more. Chocolate mushrooms are available for purchase through legal retailers for those with approval from the Health Minister.
- Mushroom Microdoses – Mushroom microdoses are the most common medicinal form of magic mushrooms. They usually come in the form of pills and capsules mixed with spirulina and other natural health supplements.
To Shroom or Not to Shroom
With years of taboo surrounding shrooms, it’s natural to be hesitant to use magic mushrooms for medicinal purposes. However, when used responsibly, psilocybin mushrooms may be effective at treating mental health and psychological disorders. For this reason, physicians, politicians, and the Health Minister are beginning to work together to validate medicinal mushrooms for some Canadian citizens, though not all.