Oregon’s’magic mushroom facilitators’ are now licensed to use psilocybin in a regulated manner

A service center that would accompany clients taking magic mushrooms in Oregon has received its state licenses. Anticipation has been building for those wanting to take the psilocybin.

Oregon’s pioneering experiment of legalized magic mushrooms has taken a big step towards reality. The first “facilitators” who will accompany their clients while they experience the drug have received state licenses.

In a ballot measure for 2020, voters approved the use of psilocybin under regulated conditions. Over the past two and a half years, anticipation has grown that the day will come — later this year is expected — when people will be able to access the drug which studies have shown to have therapeutic value.

Some worry that this industry is moving too slowly. Hundreds have invested thousands each in the budding sector.


Angie Allbee, Oregon Psilocybin Services manager, said Tuesday in a written statement to three people who were awarded the first facilitator licenses by the state: “We are grateful for your commitment to client safety and accessibility as we get closer to opening our service centers.”

No service centers, where customers could access psilocybin under controlled conditions, in a calm environment with music, mats, and eye masks, have received a license to date. No laboratory has been licensed to test the potency of products. Oregon Health Authority states that psilocybin can be found in whole dried mushrooms or homogenized fungi. It may also come as extracts, edible products and ground homogenized mushrooms.

Tori Armbrust submitted a request for a license in order to cultivate magic fungi, on the second day of January. This was the first date the health authority accepted applications. She became the first to be granted a manufacturer’s license in March. Allbee congratulated Armbrust at the time for “representing women who are leading the way in the emerging psilocybin eco-system.”

A vendor packs psilocybin mushroom at a cannabis market on May 24, 2019 in Los Angeles. Oregon’s pioneering magic mushroom experiment has been granted state licenses. Residents have been anticipating the psilocybin mushroom. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

Armbrust spent $10,000 on the license. It is only valid for one year. She will need to pay an additional $10,000 in order to renew the license. The 33-year old said that she had already spent $25,000 from her savings on the license fee and renting a space to grow mushrooms in Portland.

She has not yet earned a penny.

She grows psilocybin mushroom, and the first harvest is expected in a couple of weeks. However, she has no one who will buy them because no service center has been licensed. Before any of her “psilocybecubensis mushrooms” can be sold to a service centre, she must have them tested by a licensed laboratory.


In an interview on Monday, Armbrust stated that “people are under a great deal of pressure because of all these overheads.” “It is a large sum of money, and we need to get this going.”

Oregon Psilocybin Services (part of the Health Authority) said on Tuesday that they expect to issue licenses for service centers and labs “in the next few months.”

Armbrust stated, “We will have to wait and see what happens.” “This is a new situation and nobody knows what will happen.” “I’m doing my best, by myself, to grow as much medication as I can.”

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A retreat near Portland recently hosted a six-month, $7,900 course for 100 people to learn the skills of a facilitator and receive a certificate. The health authority will then administer a test to obtain facilitator licenses.

Three manufacturing licenses, and three facilitator licenses were issued on Tuesday.

Afiq Herham, spokesperson for the Oregon Psilocybin Services, stated that they expect centers to open and licensed facilitators will offer services in the fall.

Hisham stated that “many applicants are working on complex issues such as working with cities and counties to ensure the proposed premises meet requirements or working on complex issues like working with their cities, counties, and zoning.” “We prioritize applications in order of receipt and work to provide site visits for those who are ready.”

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