from Reuters

Psychedelic mushrooms expand Jamaica tourism beyond sunshine and reggae

By Kate Chappell and Brian Ellsworth

Psilocybin or "magic mushrooms" are seen in an undated photo provided by the DEA
Psilocybin or “magic mushrooms” are seen in an undated photo provided by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in Washington, U.S. May 7, 2019. DEA/Handout via REUTERS

TREASURE BEACH, Jamaica, Nov 24 (Reuters) – A new group of Jamaican resorts is promoting tourism that offers mystical experiences and stress relief through “magic mushrooms,” as the Caribbean nation seeks to develop a niche industry in natural psychedelics.

While mushrooms containing the psychoactive compound psilocybin remain illegal in most parts of Europe and the United States, Jamaica’s government has never outlawed the hallucinogenic fungus and is now cultivating investors in efforts to build up its psychedelics industry, which according to one estimate could be worth $8 billion globally by 2028.

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