With marijuana legal and cannabis-infused beverages booming, some people have moved on to other ways of getting high. A Tampa man has opened what he says is the first magic mushroom dispensary in the country. Carlos Hermida runs the Chillum Mushroom and Hemp Dispensary, in Ybor City. The store sells “magic mushrooms,” or Psilocybe cubensis, a federally illegal drug. It is a schedule 1 substance, akin to cocaine and heroin. This link:magicmushroomsdispensary.ca
Hermida advertises in local media and distributes discount fliers at the nearby intersection of Central Avenue and 15th Street. He operates openly, with a sign outside saying he accepts cash or cards. His phone rings three to five times a day, and he answers with a cheery, “How can I help you?”
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Insider found about a dozen local sellers offering mushrooms on Facebook Marketplace. One seller describes himself as a suburban dad involved in civic life, but he requested anonymity for fear of legal repercussions. Another seller said he grows mushrooms in his backyard for pleasure, not profit.
The store has a wide selection of dried mushrooms for sale, from a variety of fungus types that contain psilocybin. Customers can get advice from a nurse on which strains are best for their desired effects, including relaxation or focus.
Psychedelic mushrooms may cause people to experience visions and hearing that aren’t there, and they can lead to anxiety, nausea, drowsiness, muscle twitches and increased heart rate and blood pressure. Health Canada warns consumers to consume the mushrooms in a small dose, and avoid combining them with sedative drugs like alcohol, marijuana, or prescription medications such as SSRIs, tricyclics or MAOIs.