Magic mushrooms, psilocybin and microdosing: Growing trend

The mental health expert will launch a controlled study over the next few months on nearly 100 people, who will be followed for five weeks.

The study will examine the effects of microdoses of psilocybin in people with low-grade anxiety and depression as well as in people with persistent depressive disorder. 

The project is the first of its kind in USA. Farb and his team received the Health USA approval late December.

Why this trend?

Microdosing capsules contain 50 to 300 milligrams of magic mushroom powder. They also contain the psychoactive ingredient: psilocybin. A full dose, 10 times that, is when the more commonly known psychedelic effects set in.

Between 2018 and 2023, articles from the New York Times and Forbes magazine introduced mushrooms microdosing capsules to the general public. Previously, the word was used only by Silicon Valley insiders and psychedelic aficionados.

On social networks, discussions on the subject have never been so lively. The number of forum subscribers on this topic in Reddit has increased sevenfold since 2018.

Psilocybin capsules for microdosing are becoming more popular. (Axel Tardieu/CBC)

More and more Americans are interested in this illegal practice. Google searches with the keywords “micro dosing” and “shrooms” (mushrooms) doubled in one year.

“This is not an underground phenomenon anymore. There are businesses that make a living out of microdosing, and obviously that changes the game a little bit,” said Balázs Szigeti, professor at Imperial College London, one of the most renowned research centres in the field. mushrooms for sale online in uk

NHS says the national Drug Analysis Service (DAS), which operates laboratories across USA to analyze suspected illegal drugs seized by law enforcement agencies, has found more magic mushrooms compounds than ever before.

Between 2017 and 2023, the number has doubled nationally. The top three provinces in terms of drug seizures containing psilocin and psilocybin are Oregon, Colorado and California. 

Sales are increasing

Online stores are booming as interest grows to buy mushrooms online in usa. CBC/Radio-Canada spoke to the vendors hidden behind four websites. All affirm that the competition is pushing prices down to attract the consumer.

All of them are based in New York. They prefer to remain anonymous to avoid getting in trouble with the police.

Last April, after several years in the cannabis industry, Tally started selling magic mushrooms, encouraged by the positive effect they had had on her mental health.

“We’ve seen an increase in our sales. There are even health professionals who come to ask us for information. Michigan, Illinois, Georgia, DC, Washington and Texas are our best sellers,” said this saleswoman.

Psilocybin capsules have between 100 to 300 milligrams of magic mushroom powder, but only a small fraction of that is psilocybin. (Andrés Saez)

Trevor, on the other hand, has been in the industry for two years. Like Tally, he operates his e-shop from Portland. He has never tried microdosing and buys his products already packaged. mushrooms for sale online in usa

With his experience in online marketing, Trevor’s main role is sending orders by mail and properly referencing his website to appear first on search engines.

“It’s more a business decision to do mushrooms, to get on the trend before everyone else is on the trend. Now, It’s increasing month over month,” said Trevor, who is making up to $50,000 total revenue per month.

None of the vendors interviewed consider this drug trafficking, though Health Canada confirms they could risk up to three years in prison for violating the Food and Drug Act.

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