Not your average fungi: Magic mushrooms follow cannabis for potential health benefits

With cannabis now legal in Canada, a new drug — Psilocybe cubensis (‘magic mushroom or ‘shrooms’) — has started to grow on those with depression and addictions.

Psilocybe is a hallucinogen found in 100 species of mushrooms. They are illegal to posses in Canada with a sentence up to six months in jail or $1,000 fine or both.

These mushrooms are eaten raw, cooked, or mixed in juice or tea (fungus delight). They can also be dried, crushed into powder, then snorted.

Dry psilocybin magic mushrooms and marijuana buds in plastic bags.

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Magic mushrooms commonly grow in both North and Central America and are used for ancient rituals performed by healers and shamans.

Maria Sabina, a Mazatec healer and shaman from South Mexico was the first person to introduce them to the western world for their beneficial properties.

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