Magic mushrooms, psilocybin and microdosing: Growing trend draws e-vendors, scientists

Taking a micro-quantity of psilocybin as a mood booster is becoming a daily routine for more and more Canadians — and drawing the attention of entrepreneurs and scientists.

Psilocybin is the psychoactive substance in magic mushrooms, and though it is illegal, the online market for this substance is growing.

Scientific interest in psilocybin is also increasing — researchers are looking at its use as a treatment for depression.

“There is a re-emergence of interest and permission to start studying psychedelics,” said Norman Farb, associate professor of psychology at the University of Toronto Mississauga.

“There is a huge amount of private sector interest in psychedelic therapies as the next big investment opportunity in the health sector,” he said.

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