Mycology

Tampa Now Has A Magic Mushroom Dispensary

Owner Carlos Hermida says his shop is the first ever mushroom dispensary in Florida

It appears Tampa residents now have a legal avenue to actually enjoy a Phish show.

Ybor City’s Chillum Hemp Dispensary, which has operated out of 1714 E 7th St. since 2018, is now known as “Chillum Mushroom and Hemp Dispensary,” since it now carries mushroom products.

“The store now stocks different grow kits, spores and mycology cultures, functional mushrooms and yes…. Magic Mushrooms!” said owner Carlos Hermida in a press release. “The catch is these magic mushrooms are legal by federal law, cause these mushrooms don’t contain psilocybin but chemicals that are legal and surprisingly similar… Yes, they make you trip!”

Photo via Chillum Mushroom and Hemp Dispensary

Chillum says they legally can’t sell any mushrooms that contain psilocybin, one of the most common ingredients in popular “magic mushrooms”, but they can legally sell grow kits and mycelium cultures.

“Psilocybin is still illegal, but the study of mycology is very legal as long as there is no psilocybin present,” said Hermida. “That is why we sell mycelium for psilocybin mushrooms. It is our hope that in promoting the study of psilocybin will promote the legalization or all magic mushrooms. That being said, if you express the want to grow these mushrooms, we legally have to deny you service.”

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