Unlike the common variety that you can find in grocery stores, magic mushrooms contain mind-altering fungi called psilocybin and belong to a group of drugs known as hallucinogens (info from The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health). They are illegal to grow, make, buy or have without a licence or special exemption in Canada.
But that hasn’t stopped Vancouver’s Dana Larsen from selling magic mushrooms online in Canada in capsule form. He says he has clients from across the country who are willing to pay as much as $500 per pack of 25 milligrams. He is making up to $50,000 in total revenue each month, he tells CTV News.
He says he knows his new business is breaking the law, but that’s the point. He’s no stranger to pushing boundaries; he’s run illegal marijuana dispensaries and even launched a national campaign in 2016 giving out 5 million cannabis seeds, including sending some to Liberal politicians.
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The demand for psilocybin mushroom spores is on the rise, thanks in part to a new trend known as microdosing. It involves taking very low doses of psychedelics such as magic mushrooms on a regular basis to boost mood and enhance empathy and interpersonal awareness. It’s especially popular in Silicon Valley, where it has been promoted as a way to increase work productivity and creativity.
The spores are legal to sell because the government hasn’t yet made a case that they are a precursor to the drug. The Supreme Court of Canada hasn’t ruled on the issue, but a B.C. Court of Appeal decision last december said the mushroom spores themselves are not a prohibited drug, as long as they aren’t being used to produce psilocybin.