Psychedelic mushroom dispensaries are still technically illegal in Canada, but that hasn’t stopped companies like Medicinal Mushroom Dispensary from selling psilocybin out of its storefront and online. Through this company, customers of adult age can purchase capsules containing microdoses of psilocybin. In order to buy larger doses, shoppers must show proof that they suffer from a medical condition treatable with psilocybin.
This dispensary is part of a fairly sizeable collection of psychedelic companies operating out of Vancouver.
Medicinal Mushroom Dispensary’s owner, Dana Larsen, recently told VICE, “Within a few years there’s going to be hundreds of mushroom and psychedelic dispensaries across Canada.”
If Canadian officials’ seeming indifference to Vancouver’s existing psilocybin shops is any indication, such dispensaries will eventually be legalized. As the webzine Healing Maps points out, this could lead some sufferers of conditions like depression and PTSD to self-medicate rather than pay exorbitant fees for psychedelic therapy.
There are pros and cons to this: While there are numerous success stories where psychedelic self-medication is concerned, this practice is riskier than receiving psychedelic therapy in a professional setting.
A psychedelic mushroom retail store will soon be opening in Jamaica as well. This “smart shop” is the result of a partnership between psychedelics company Silo Wellness and mushroom company Mushe.
Silo’s CEO, Douglas K. Gordon, recently told Forbes, “We envision a not-so-distant future when smart shops will be as commonplace as cannabis dispensaries around the world, enabling people to shop for and learn about magic mushrooms and other psychedelics responsibly and freely.”