The Magic Mushroom Dispensary

The gray exterior of Dana Larsen’s shop in Vancouver belies a mosaic of psychedelia within. The walls are covered in paintings of Incan gods spewing fire and lightning, and the shelves are lined with hemp lip balms and stoner-centric comic books. For almost two years, Larsen has been selling magic mushroom dispensary — or, more specifically, the psychedelic compound in them, psilocybin — illegally but openly.

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He doesn’t hide his activities, placing ads in the local newspaper and posting his phone number on a website. He receives three to five calls a day and says his clientele is primarily people suffering from mental ailments. “Mushrooms are one of the best medicines available to help you get over depression and anxiety,” he says.

Magic mushroom stores are becoming increasingly mainstream. A chain called Fun Guyz has opened 15 stores in Ontario and plans to double that amount this year. The stores, which sell both dried mushrooms and infused products, are marketed to people looking for a low dose that’s less likely to cause a full psychedelic experience. It’s known as a microdose, with a recommended dosage of 0.5 to two grams.

But there are risks associated with taking magic mushrooms, even at a low dosage. Health Canada warns that consuming them can cause a person to see, hear or feel things that aren’t there and can lead to anxiety, nausea and muscle twitches. And it’s still illegal to sell or buy them in most jurisdictions.

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