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Are functional mushrooms legal? are they safe?

Updated: Feb 14, 2022

Yes, functional mushrooms are legal to purchase, possess, and consume and are not restricted by international treaties. They are also very safe; some mushrooms known as “functional mushrooms” are used in gourmet settings and are considered a delicacy. For example, chefs commonly utilize Lion’s Mane as an alternative to crab in vegetarian dishes worldwide.

lions mane crab cake

Functional mushrooms possess nutritional properties like beta-glucans and triterpenes. You can find these fascinating compounds in many different foods, but the ones found in mushrooms are of particular interest to wellness professionals and enthusiasts.

Functional mushrooms do not cause impairment.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)

Functional mushrooms are not on The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) list, which regulates which substances athletes can consume in and out-of-competition. This means that even if you’re in training for the next Olympic Marathon, you can safely consume our mushrooms.

Psychedelic Mushrooms

Cousins of functional mushrooms, “magic mushrooms” or "psilocybin mushrooms," are classified differently and are generally not legal in the United States.

The legality of mushrooms containing the psychedelic compound psilocybin is undergoing changes in the United States and elsewhere. While there is a solid argument to legalize them for therapeutic use, they are currently federally illegal in the United States.

Johns Hopkins University has led pioneering work since 2000 studying psilocybin as a treatment for various disorders such as treatment-resistant depression, Alzheimer’s disease, alcohol use disorder, and PTSD.

Other research institutions such as NYU, Imperial College London, and The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School have also dedicated research centers to studying psychedelic compounds as novel treatments for various health disorders.


Zenspora exclusively works with legal functional mushrooms, and none of our mushrooms have psychedelic effects or cause impairment.

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