Our Story

Passion With Purpose

STEM is a natural wellness brand and medicinal mushroom company focused on educating the general public on the practical benefits of safe medicinal mushroom consumption. We’re dedicated to dismantling the stigma surrounding this magnificent species.

We strive to be thought leaders in a rapidly changing industry and are committed to providing you with reliable information so you can explore, learn and enjoy with confidence.

Like many businesses, our journey began through the process of selfdiscovery and the experimentation of microdosing psilocybin. We found that the benefits of this mode of consumption were being severely underrepresented, with the common narrative around psilocybin being one of high doses and dramatic effects. Thankfully, through evolving peer-reviewed research on the subtle, yet profound effects of small dose consumption, this perspective is now changing.

STEM was created to disrupt the industry as we know it. Welcome to the newly refined microdose experience that begins with pleasure on the palate, and ends with improved cognition and personal growth.

Our Dedication To Quality

Quality and care are a top priority here at STEM chocolate as we us some of the finest chocolate, and mushroom genetics. STEMS chocolatiers hand craft small batches to ensure consistent quality and dose. STEM chocolate is crafted to supply the consumer seeking a premium elevated microdose experience. From the wide range of psychedelic colours and flavours to the quality and community experience. At STEM we take pride in perfecting our psilocybin mushroom chocolates from taste to texture. All STEM chocolate is tempered so you get that glossy smooth chocolate with the perfect snap.

STEM chocolate uses Callebaut; finest Belgian chocolate. “Callebaut has been crafting its Finest Belgian Chocolate in the heart of Belgium for more than 100 years. Made with dedication passed on from generation to generation, Callebaut chocolate is relied on every day by chefs and chocolatiers to create great tasting delights” (Callebaut, 2021).

For a premium experience, STEM Chocolate offers superior bars with specific mushroom varieties and French Valrhona chocolate. Valrhona, “A partner of taste artisans since 1922, and a pioneer and specialist in the world of chocolate, Valrhona defines itself today as a company whose mission statement “Together, let’s use good food to make the world a better place” conveys the strength of its commitment. Together with its employees, chefs, and cocoa producers, Valrhona creates the best in chocolate to shift the status quo towards a fairer, more sustainable cocoa industry and gastronomy that tastes great, looks great and does great things for the world” (Valrhona, 2022).

Our Practices

STEM’S chocolatiers are of French and Italian origin, and have a well-versed background in culinary practices. Through their passion for chocolate and psychedelics immerged the concept that has been brought to you today.

STEM is continuously evolving to bring you perfection. Design is something that is really important to us, along with colour choice. We wanted to create packaging that was clean, and simple, while also being discreet.

We wanted to develop a microdosing product that individuals felt comfortable having out on their counter as opposed to having it hidden away in a drawer. Yes, other products work great, but current designs in the market perpetuate the stigma surrounding this medicine, which may leave individuals feeling like they need to hide what they are doing. We were tired of seeing melting faces on boxes and the same generic rainbow colours that brands use.

Our team’s knowledge combine with the utmost premium products provides a rebirth and rebranding of the current psychedelic standard that is on the market today, while staying true to what we believe this medicine has to offer.

Alternative Medicine

Microdosing psilocybin is a promising new alternative for individuals in transforming their mental health.

Neurogenesis

Psilocybin has been shown to restore the functional connection of brain pathways.

Mental Health

Microdosing psilocybin has been shown to help those who suffer from depression, anxiety, mood disorders, PTSD, ADD/ADHD and addiction.

Improved Lifestyle

Benefits individuals experience are enhanced mood, higher energy, better productivity and focus, less anxiety, and heightened creativity.

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FAQ

For all your questions we have answers

A microdose is typically between 0.02g-0.2g or 20mg-200mg. This dose should have an individual feeling completely like oneself with no apparent altered state. Individuals may feel more focused, energized and generally less anxious. A microdose is usually taken three to fou times per week depending on one’s dosing schedule. This dose is taken to improve cognition and enhance an individual’s day-to-day activities. If you are consuming a microdose and are feeling more “sensations” then that dose may be too high for you and you should consider lowering your dose.

A Macrodose is between 2.5g- 5g or 2500mg-5000mg. This is a true psychedelic dose where an individual will experience altered visuals, the appearance of fractal patterns, and no sense of time. This dose will result in strong effects on, consciousness, essence of being, and individuals’ perceptions and understanding of the world around them. One will experience intense visions, moments of discomfort or extreme euphoria/ gratitude, and stages of great insight about oneself and surroundings. 

Individuals who consume this amount are usually looking for a deeper understanding of themselves, the world around them, and their traumas. These experiences are described as life changing, transcendent, and a feeling of connectedness. 

Note* This should not be a dose that is taken on a whim without thought or preparation, as this can set off what is described as a “Bad Trip”. This dose should be taken with assisted theraphy and a thoughtful SET, SETTING, and DOSE. 

Microdosing effects may vary between individuals depending on weight, height, metabolism, and tolerance. It is also important to note that each experience is different for every individual based on their life experiences and personality traits. Two users taking the same dose may experience different effects. For individuals with lower body weight the effects may be higher at lower doses. One should consider starting at a lower dose, taking the above factors into account when consuming to ensure the desired outcomes are attained.

No, you will not experience any psychoactive/psychedelic effects if you take a microdose. Generally, a microdose is a small fraction of the active ingredient psilocybin. You shouldn’t feel intoxicated and should feel your usual self. However, a microdose is considered to be a mood enhancer so you may feel your spirits are higher or perhaps you are experiencing an increase in cognitive function such as improved focus and energy.

With this being said, everyone is different and has a different tolerance, so it is important to find the perfect personal microdose that is right just for you. Keep in mind that different variables also play a key part when consuming a microdose so it is important to note these variables to encourage consistency.

Your first time microdosing we suggest you try it on a day off and log the effects you notice, as well as how you are feeling over the course of the day. This ensures proper dosing for each individual, as well as mitigates nervousness around trying a new substance.

There are two recommended microdosing schedules. The first recognized schedule is Fadimans, 1 day on – 2 days off – repeat. This method is designed by understanding that after ingestion, the psilocybin will be metabolized within 48 hours. By the third day after ingestion your body will have gotten rid of the psilocybin completely, ready to repeat the cycle on the following day. The second method was designed by Paul Stamets, suggesting 4 days on – 3 days off – repeat. For more information on microdosing click here.

Ultimately, it is one’s personal choice as to how they want to schedule their microdose. Depending on the individual, this could vary between the two methods discussed above to a few times a month. Repeated use of psilocybin increases tolerance therefore, it is important to schedule off days.

Everyone can consider scheduled microdosing. Talk to your healthcare practitioner to see if this could be beneficial for you.

A creative dose is typically between 0.2g-0.8g or 250mg-800mg. This dose should have an individual feeling somewhat elevated, and their senses heightened. Colours are more vivid, feelings are more pronounced, and sounds of music are elevated. Everything you do and see is slightly enhanced. With a creative dose you are in an altered state, but still in control. When consuming this dose, individuals will not experience hallucinations, or a distorted sense of time. This dose is typically taken when wanting to create art, play music, engage in creative problem solving or simply have a fun night out with friends.

We recommend that individuals speak to their healthcare professionals before consuming psilocybin with other medication. Although psilocybin has been proven to help with anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, bipolar disorder and other mood disorders, we suggest doing further research when considering psilocybin for medicinal use. Individuals on medication should speak with their medical practitioner before consuming psilocybin. We are not licensed physicians and our recommendations are based solely on our research and personal experiences.

We strongly advise against mixing psilocybin and alcohol together as the effects of both will be strongly enhanced. If proper dosing and mixing are abused, this may induce sickness to an individual.

Minimum order for free shipping is $200.

When an order is placed you will receive payment instructions via email. Once payment has been accepted the order will be placed into processing. When the order is complete, you will be notified via email with shipping confirmation and tracking number.

Every order placed will be processed and shipped within 24 business hours. Cut off time for same day orders is 1pm PST / 4pm EST. If an order is placed after 1pm PST / 4pm EST, it will be shipped out the following business day. If orders are placed after 1pm PST / 4pm EST on Friday or the weekend, it will be shipped out the following Monday. If orders are placed on holidays they will be completed and shipped out the next business day.

STƏM uses Express Shipping via Canada Post. Shipping varies between 1-3 business days depending on location. This is an estimate and shipping may take longer during holiday seasons. Every order will receive a tracking number and you can track your package until it has safely arrived.

No, we only ship within Canada.

We charge a flat-rate shipping fee of $25 for Express Shipping via Canada Post. Free shipping for orders over $200.

No, there is no legal risk from purchasing through our online store. All of our products are shipped in plain shipping boxes for your privacy and protection.

Blooming on chocolate occurs when the tempering process is not carried out properly or when there has been exposure to moisture. When chocolate has not been tempered properly the bonds in the cooling process do not crystalize. This leaves the fat and the chocolate separating, therefore creating a bloom on the finished product.

If the chocolate has been exposed to moisture or perhaps stored in the fridge, this will cause condensation creating a separation in the sugar molecules; creating a bloom.

Yes, blooming chocolate is 100% safe to consume. There is no difference in taste. One might find that the texture and appearance may differ.

STƏM chocolate has been tempered allowing the consumer to treat it how they would a regular chocolate bar. However, we recommend storing it in a cool dark place. For a longer shelf life, store STƏM chocolate in the fridge.

Like most chocolate we suggest consuming the product within 4-6 months. After the best-before window, chocolate is still edible although taste and quality may change. The potency of the active ingredient, psilocybin, will remain fully active.

Anyone who is of 19 years of age or older.

Currently, we are only accepting E-transfers.

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    STEM Changed the Way I Consume Mushrooms

    "STEM’s products have changed the way I consume mushrooms. From their beautiful packaging to their assorted flavours of chocolates and product line, it has allowed me to enjoy taking mushrooms. No longer do I have to go through that earthy aftertaste of raw mushrooms or spend time making tea. They have made it so convenient for an experienced user.

    As a person who deals with anxiety, taking STEM’s micro-dosed chocolates has really helped reduce stress at times when cannabis doesn’t. Each chocolate has the perfect dosage amount for myself so I don’t have to think twice and put in the prep work that comes with consuming mushrooms. My favourite flavour so far has been Matcha, it tastes exactly like the Matcha Kit Kat bars. Literally the best. So, if you like amazing tasting chocolate and you're looking for something to help settle your anxiety this is honestly the perfect product."

    Vanessa Nguyen -- Vancouver, BC

    LOVE THEIR RANGE OF PRODUCTS…

    "Incredible product! Before I found Stem, I was hesitant to explore the world of psychedelics because of the narrative around them. I am so blown away by the amount of knowledge and awareness that they are bringing into this industry. I love that they offer a range of their products so I can custom choose my order every time. Their premium chocolates are my favourite with my morning coffee or even for those days where I just need a boost. I recommend everyone to try Stem at least once, you’ll be hooked!"

    Julia Duckett -- Vancouver, BC

    STEM HAS COMPLETELY CHANGED MY LIFE…

    "I’ve never really understood the benefits to microdosing mushrooms, and I have always been cautious about trying it due to the misinformation that has been given to me over time. However, stem has completely changed my life as I was given a proper education on the benefits of microdosing mushrooms and this was something I needed. As someone who has always struggled with mental health and past trauma, microdosing has helped me tremendously in ways that traditional medicine has not been able to. Not to mention that all the team members at stem provide the best customer service which makes the whole experience amazing every time."

    Sam Lee -- Vancouver, BC

    LOVE HOW EDUCATIONAL STEM IS…

    "Absolutely love how educational Stem is and how much the team there have taught me about psilocybin and micro-dosing. They’re so informative and take care in finding the product best suited for me."

    L.S. -- Vancouver, BC

    PERFECT PRODUCT FOR EVERYDAY COGNITIVE BOOST…

    "Their products are perfect whether I need a pick me up to power through a stressful day or I want to relax and enjoy a creative night with some wine. Love that their fruit bars are made with freeze dried fruits, nothing artificial!"

    Anonymous -- Vancouver, BC

    INCREASED ENERGY LEVELS AND PRODUCTIVITY…

    "I started microdosing around a year ago to help with my energy levels and productivity while at work. The STEM team have done a magnificent job enabling a much tastier and accessible way to introduce micro-dosing into your daily routine. The chocolates are hands down the best tasting out there and the dosage is the perfect amount needed to feel the positive effects."

    Matthew Durana -- Vancouver, BC

    AMAZING PRODUCT QUALITY…

    "I personally love the micro-dosed dark chocolates offered by stem. I was initially skeptical of trying something new for the first time and honestly I couldn’t be happier with both the amazing benefits I have experienced as well as the product quality and clear attention to detail this brand takes. I highly recommend this to anyone looking to try psilocybin and looking for a great tasting product and a brand you can trust."

    Curtis Macdonald -- Vancouver, BC

    GREAT PRODUCTS MADE LOCALLY…

    "Great products made locally by even better people! I’ve used a few of their products and I 100% recommend. I’ve tried the chocolates, which are not only delicious but give you the right amount of dosage. The micro dosing is great for just a little extra happiness in your day. The benefits to these products are endless, just try them out for yourself!"

    Kat -- Vancouver, BC

    GOURMET HANDCRAFTED CHOCOLATES…

    "The STEM brand has opened my eyes and mind to the many benefits of psilocybin. I use these gourmet handcrafted chocolates for recreational fun as well as for gifts that my friends have appreciated a lot more than a bottle of wine. I recently started microdosing and the positive effects on my mood were incredible, especially with all the darkness and fear that Covid brings… This is the equalizer that I need to counterbalance the negative voices in my head. I can't THANK the women of STEM enough for creating these products!!"

    Kevin Mizuno -- Vancouver, BC

    DAY TO DAY FUNCTIONALITY…

    "Whether it be work, play, or relaxation, I found stem products to accompany me along the way. Day to day functionality with a special view of what’s in front of you."

    Brett Dubbert -- Vancouver, BC

    If you made it this far…

    "Still need convincing? Ya, that's what I thought… I mean Belgian Callebaut Chocolate and Medicinal Mushrooms - need I say anything else?… These microdoses are the new industry standard. My advice, just give them a try. What do you have to loose?"

    Marko Suaveh -- Vancouver, BC

    helped me set aside my procrastinating tendencies…

    "I’ve always been curious about microdosing psilocybin as a regular practice. I got a very tasty cookies and cream bar from stemchocolate and started testing 1/3-1/2 a piece of chocolate every other day. Within 30-45 minutes I could sense more mental clarity and a renewed energy.

    It really helped me set aside my procrastinating tendencies and eliminate mental barriers I was experiencing, allowing me to achieve small goals I had made for myself time and time again. I felt more energized throughout the entire day and didn’t experience the kind of task or brain fatigue you might get after a long day of work (or worry).

    I’m so so happy to have something that works for me and also is a nice little treat that satisfies my chocolate craving"

    Chenoa -- Vancouver, BC

    crafted with the best intention…

    "Psilocybin has positively impacted my life in ways that I would have never expected. As someone who has diagnosed clinical anxiety and depression I am constantly looking for ways to aid my symptoms and from the beginning of my use, psilocybin has significantly improved my mood and helped me to regulate my emotions and thoughts. This has been accomplished through microdosing and full experiences. The products on Stem allow me the freedom to make new connections, specifically when working through inner conflict. With these products in my everyday routine I am able to think outside of my own head and approach life in more meaningful ways. Stem chocolate tastes amazing, is locally made, and crafted with the best intention. I can not say enough good things about these products but I would strongly encourage anyone who is considering trying to start here. Stem has a variety of different doses and the team is extremely knowledgeable, offering great feedback and expertise. Thank you again Stem!"

    Mack -- Vancouver, BC

    You can taste the quality…

    "I never thought it possible to have vegan chocolates that taste this good independently, yet also have micro doses of psilocybin in them. You can taste the quality alongside the love and care that has been put into these chocolates. If there ever was a gold standard for micro-doses of psilocybin in chocolate form, this is definitely it!"

    ide -- Vancouver, BC

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