The production, sale and possession of magic mushrooms are illegal in Canada. The hallucinogens contained within these fungi, which are known as psilocybin mushrooms or shrooms, can cause individuals to experience visual, auditory and tactile hallucinations and may also lead to anxiety, fear, nausea, muscle twitches, increased heart rate and blood pressure, or unsettling episodes referred to as “bad trips.”

The legality of SERO mushrooms depends on the person who is taking them and how they are taken. They can be ingested orally, snorted or inhaled from a powdered form, eaten with food, or mixed into fruit juice. They can be used for psychedelic purposes or simply to enhance an existing high.

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Psilocybin is currently being studied for its potential therapeutic use in a number of mental health disorders, including anxiety, depression and end-of-life anxiety. It is also being tested for its effectiveness in treating some chronic pain and addictions.

In a move that mirrors what happened in the marijuana industry before it became legal, magic mushroom stores are popping up across the country. Storefronts like Shroomyz and Fun Guyz offer a variety of colours, shapes and sizes of mushrooms for sale on their own or in edibles such as gummies and chocolate.

The stores are attracting customers who are curious about trying this drug, but are not yet familiar with how it will make them feel. Typically, it takes about 30 minutes for the psychedelic effects to take effect after they are consumed.