Psilocybin is a mind-altering compound found naturally in certain species of mushrooms, commonly known as “magic mushrooms”, “hallucinogenic mushrooms” or “shrooms”. It belongs to a class of compounds known as tryptamines and is chemically similar to serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates mood, appetite and other bodily functions.
When consumed, psilocybin is metabolized into its active form, psilocin, which interacts with serotonin receptors in the brain. This can lead to a change in perception, mood and thought patterns, often described as a “trip” or “psychedelic experience”.
Research suggests that psilocybin may have therapeutic potential for treating certain mental disorders, such as depression, anxiety, and addiction, although further studies are needed to fully understand its effects and potential benefits. However, it is important to note that psilocybin is classified as a schedule I drug of the United Nations Convention on Psychotropic Substances, which means that it is illegal in many countries, including France.
Is psilocybin legal in France?
Psilocybin has been on the Public Health Code’s list of narcotics since 1990, effectively making it illegal to possess, grow or trade any mushrooms that contain it, whether mushrooms/psilos or magic truffles. . The precision is important because in the Netherlands, magic mushrooms are prohibited but magic truffles are not. It is for this reason that many online players sell magic truffle grow kits.
Different varieties of hallucinogenic mushrooms grow wild in France (some will remember Billy Ze Kick’s music video, “Eat Me”), but the mushrooms are most often imported from abroad.
Medically legal psilocybin
Although on the list of narcotics, one of the authorized uses of psilocybin in France is medical. Some research is also resuming in France on psilocybin. There is currently no medical prescription or psilocybin medication in France.