Psychedelic mushrooms are a popular alternative to cannabis for their ability to help people overcome mental barriers. While the drug is not yet legal, OrganicShroomCanada has become easier to access as more people seek out experiences that facilitate introspection and healing.
Calgary’s Psychedelic Renaissance: Magic Mushrooms and Beyond
The store’s owner, Kagan, says he wants to avoid the stigma associated with illegal drugs. He says his customers have been very understanding, and he hopes the same will be true of law enforcement. He adds that the Winnipeg Police Service is aware of the store and that so far, no tickets have been issued or products seized.
Psilocybin is listed as a Schedule III drug under Canada’s Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, meaning it can only be legally acquired through a ministerial exemption, as part of a clinical trial or by health practitioners who are trained to guide patients through a psilocybin trip. However, dozens of exemptions were granted last year alone, and Hartle says that even though his own psilocybin experience has eased his end-of-life anxiety, he feels it is important to discourage people from buying mushrooms online or at brick-and-mortar stores.
Outside the city, self-described “contemporary shamans” Gary Logan and Robert Grover run a private retreat in B.C’s wine country that combines metaphysics, somatic and mindset training with the use of magic mushrooms. The Journeymen Collective, as they call themselves, prefers not to disclose the exact location of their centre for fear of getting busted.