In a small room lined with magic mushroom artwork and books, Darren Lyman guides clients through the intoxicating properties of psilocybin. He asks about their experiences with cannabis and other drugs, their reasons for seeking out psychedelic mushrooms and their intended experience. If he believes a client is about to have a “bad trip,” he will calm them down with chamomile tea and offer antipsychotics like haloperidol to help control the hallucinations. This Link:

Alchemy of the Mind: Understanding Magic Mushroom Dispensaries

It took five years of public debate and bill amendments for New Jersey to legalize marijuana, but a similar process could soon be underway with psychedelic mushrooms. As the fungus becomes more mainstream, storefronts bearing names such as Fun Guyz and Shroom City display paintings of rainbow shiitakes and welcome customers to “walk into a new reality.”

The shops aren’t technically dispensaries under state law; they’re selling mushrooms — also known as psychedelic caps or psilocybin-containing fungus — that haven’t been approved for medicinal purposes. But the stores are operating in a gray area, and authorities seem to be turning a blind eye as they do with recreational cannabis in cities such as Toronto and Vancouver.

In Florida, a hemp dispensary called Chillum has pushed legal boundaries by selling mushrooms that contain Amanita muscaria, which isn’t outlawed, rather than the psychoactive psilocybin found in traditional magic mushrooms. But the owner, Carlos Hermida, says he’s prepared for a regulatory crackdown. For the time being, he’s banking on the popularity of TikTok-famous mushroom infused drinks containing kava root and damiana leaf to keep his business running.