After the legalization of marijuana in Canada in 2018, shrooms became the new focus of activists’ efforts. Read on to find out the different types of psilocybin mushrooms that exist, how to get them, what the law is, and their mental health benefits.
Did you know there’s not only multiple strains of magic mushrooms, but also different species? Well, now you do!
Magic mushrooms have been consumed safely by humans since before recorded history even began. Ancient tribes and groups used mushrooms as a medicine, and as a mind-opening substance that gave them access to intense psychedelic experiences.
Mushrooms grow pretty much everywhere, much to contrary belief. While they can be difficult to grow yourself, out in the natural world, they’re kinda everywhere where soil is. Psilocybin mushrooms – those known as magic mushrooms – are found on all continents.
Different types grow in different conditions, but rest assured that you can access shrooms pretty much anywhere (especially if you’re in North America!).
Psilocybin is the compound in magic mushrooms that makes them ‘magic’. Not all mushrooms contain this. When you consume magic mushrooms, the psilocybin is digested into psilocin, which makes you trip!
Psilocybin isn’t the only compound in mushrooms that’ll get you high. Fly agaric mushrooms, for instance, also make people trip, though don’t contain any psilocybin.
Instead, they contain ibotenic acid, which your body breaks down into muscimol. These types of mushrooms aren’t generally advised though, as they don’t produce predictable trips unlike traditional magic mushroom use does.
Generally, mushrooms containing psilocybin are gilled. This means you can see little lines on their underside.
In North America, they’re most commonly found in long grass and woodland, especially first thing on a cool morning.
Psilocybe cubensis is the most commonly consumed species, and is the type that has the most strain variation. Penis envy, golden teacher, and Huautla are the most commonly found and sold variations – sold as as dried mushrooms and producing pretty reliable, positive trips.
There’s also psilocybe mexicana, which are what produce ‘truffles’. There’s a general perception that truffles produce less of a high, though this hasn’t been studied or proven. It’s likely that truffles and magic mushrooms are more or less identical in terms of tripping ability – truffles are just more clearly weighed and labelled!
Your experience on shrooms isn’t going to differ massively depending on the species or strain you choose. There are slight variations, such as the extent to which you feel bodily effects and the strength or tone of hallucinations, but overall, tripping is tripping.
North America hallucinogenic mushrooms
Shrooms grow in all types of places across Canada and the United States. There are a couple things to remember if you go out into the woods searching for them.
Firstly, be careful that you know exactly what you’re picking! Many magic mushrooms can be difficult to identify, and often look like other types of mushrooms, which are actually poisonous or have other unintended side effects. Use a directory such as Psilopedia to correctly identify anything before you go on your mushroom trip.
Secondly, there’s a general etiquette to picking mushrooms. Many mushroom users online advise not broadcasting the location of magic mushrooms, as it can lead to over-picking and eventually deplete the stock available.
Also, it’s just generally polite to leave some for the people after you! Only pick fully grown mushrooms, and only take as much as you need. Don’t forget, mushroom trips don’t require a great volume of shrooms!
Grow your own magic mushrooms!
If the idea of foraging for your own mushrooms seems a little scary, or you don’t live in the right type of climate, don’t fret. You have two options. Either buy your shrooms pre cut and dried online, or order a grow kit and grow them yourself!
Mushrooms tend to have a bad rep for being difficult to grow, but this isn’t true – as long as you’re vigilant. If you follow the grow instructions, it’s pretty easy to get success and grow your own drugs supply!
There are two ways to grow your own: you can either grow them from scratch, in which you make your own substrate, or you can buy the popular ‘grow kits’, which really only require you to monitor the growth of your mushrooms and provide them with the right climate to grow in.
If you suffer from a mild mental health condition and want to take your health into your own hands, growing is one of the best ways to access psychedelic medicine. It’s cheap, and provides you with a stash that you’d be hard pressed to get through alone!
At this point, you’re likely reminding yourself that shrooms technically aren’t legal. You’re right – they’re not, sadly.
In both Canada and the US, they’re considered a scheduled drug (though less so in Canada). However, because they’re Schedule III in Canada and fairly well studied here, they aren’t monitored by police. Technically, this makes them decriminalized.
Police have openly admitted in many Canadian provinces that they don’t generally enforce drug laws for marijuana and mushroom dispensaries selling illegally, as they aren’t causing harm, and doing so would take away precious resources from bigger issues such as criminal gangs.
Mushroom activists have long been pushing for its legalization, as it massively improves end-of-life experiences for those with terminal illnesses, as well as making daily life for mental health patients when microdosed.
In the US, magic mushrooms have been decriminalized in some cities, and legalized in the state of Oregon for mental treatments (as well as decriminalized for small possession). Washington D.C. also decriminalized the possession and growth of psilocybin mushrooms in 2020.
Online Magic mushroom
Did you know you can buy magic mushrooms online in Canada? Well, you totally can. Whether you’re looking for a micro or low dose, liberty caps, or up to 28 grams of your favorite shrooms, you can order them all from your couch.
Where to buy
We mentioned earlier that in Canada, the humble magic mushroom isn’t particularly monitored by the police. This means that a bunch of dispensaries have popped up, which provide you a secure way to buy mushrooms and have them delivered to your doorstep.
Medicinal Mushroom Dispensary
Probably the most famous dispensary online is MMD. Started by one of the most famous mushroom activists, Dana Larsen, this website asks users to submit their health information in order to work out a microdose program tailored to each individual.
Mushrooms have a high potential to make life more bearable for those suffering mental disorders when taken in a small dose a few times a week, which is what’s known as microdosing.
To become a member of the website, you’ll have to provide all the regular details such as an email address, address, and name, and you’ll also have to share evidence of a diagnosis that warrants the medicinal use of mushrooms.
Shrooms 247 is a great online dispensary that offers all your favorite psychedelic shrooms. They offer a huge range of strains at a variety of measurements, from 1 to 28 grams and everything in between.
They ship using ultra fast Canada Xpress post, with the packages always being discreet.
Their next level customer service team are happy to answer any questions that mushrooms might entail!
Magic Mushroom Dispensary Canada
MMDC is another great shrooms dispensary who offer free shipping over $99.
Their products are pretty standard for a shroom dispensary, with a range of high quality strains, edibles and microdose caps.
How to buy
You buy shrooms just like how you’d order a book or a new pair of jeans online. Simply pick a store, browse their products, and add whichever shrooms you like to the basket. If you need help, contact customer service.
Where it differs slightly is the checkout. Most of these online stores use interac e-transfer as the payment method, which you may not have come across before. You’ll fill out your shipping details and email address in the checkout, then be given instructions on how to complete the transfer.
Interac E-Transfers are one of the safest ways to send money, so you’re in good hands. It’s super quick and easy as long as you follow the instructions.
Shrooms are one of nature’s medicines. They’re incredibly healing for the mind, and therefore are being used more and more in the treatment of mental disorders.
People suffering from anxiety, depression, and other related health problems report feeling uplifted, more creative, and less distressed after using shrooms.
In Canada, they’ve also been prescribed to end-of-life patients with terminal illnesses as it massively increases their comfort and quality of life.
Even if you’re not using them medicinally, shrooms are really beneficial for most people.
When you start on a low dose and gradually work your way up, you learn how to handle your mind and body during a trip. You might learn to confront certain things in your psyche that have been troubling you, or take on your ego to make you a better person for yourself and your family.
What does a trip feel like?
One of the biggest mistakes people make going into shrooms, or psychedelic drugs in general, is thinking that they’re just a bit of fun.
They are fun, but they’re more than that – tripping is more about a spiritual or introspective experience that helps you to process things and grow as a person, whilst also having a chill afternoon.
When you trip, there’s an initial coming up period in which your heart rate increases slightly, and your pupils dilate. It usually takes up to 40 minutes after consumption for a trip to occur.
Shrooms can make you hallucinate, though not quite to the extent of LSD – it’s more likely that you’ll just be in a form of augmented reality, rather than seeing things that outright aren’t physically there. Shrooms normally make you lose your sense of time – the height of a trip usually lasts about 2 hours, but the effects won’t fully wear off until about 6+ hours later.
It can often feel longer than that, due to the warped sense of time you get from taking them.
If you’re having a ‘bad trip’, you’ll most likely start experiencing negative feelings or panic, or encounter something in your hallucinations that is disturbing/upsetting. If this happens, it’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Some people suggest that bad trips can actually be a positive thing in the long run (provided you aren’t in extreme distress), as they force you to confront things you’ve been suppressing and teach you how to get through difficult periods.
If you or someone you know who’s taken shrooms seems to be experiencing extreme panic or distress, or they become very ill, it’s a good idea to see a doctor. You won’t get into trouble, and they’ll administer substances that counteract hallucinations. Bad trips this extreme don’t really happen that often, though – they’re exaggerated in media.
How to Take
There are multiple guides out there on the internet on the methods you can use to take shrooms, but basically, you either eat them or drink them.
You can eat them raw once they’re dried, or crush them up into a powder and add them to other things. Most online dispensaries offer some form of pre-made edibles such as cookies if you’d rather streamline the experience.
The same goes for drinking them. For the standard experience, simply steep the correct dosage in hot water (be sure to check the health information if you bought your shrooms online). You can add other teas, flavors, or sweeteners to this mixture to make it more palatable.
It doesn’t really matter how you take them – you’ll get high whichever you method you choose. Some have the benefit of quicker come ups, but some people prefer longer trips over quick come-ups, so it’s up to you.
The most important thing to remember is to measure out your shrooms before you consume anything. If you bought cookies, raw shrooms, or anything else online, they should come with dosage information.
If this isn’t the case, or you foraged your own mushrooms, there are certain website services such as DoubleBlind which help you to understand how many you should be taking based on your desired side effects and state of mind.
If you’re in North America, shrooms are pretty easy to forage, grow, or even buy online.
These natural psychedelic drugs aren’t really harmful unless you have a pre-existing health condition such as psychosis, and in fact are pretty positive for personal development. Make sure your surroundings, including the people you’re with, are comfortable to guarantee the success of your magic mushrooms experience!