Hi everyone, sorry if this is a super repetitive question regarding spore vendors but I feel like Covid-19 has really changed and complicated things these days. I've been doing a lot of reading and watching a lot of videos lately as a total noob to this hobby and one of the members already shared a link for "Magic for the Masses" guide (which was awesome...very grateful!). I've also been ordering and getting all the necessary supplies to get my new hobby started but the most important part (spore syringes) have been so hard to get in Canada.
- Sporeworks has great reviews but they are not shipping internationally right now.
- Mushrooms.com will not ship spore syringes to Canada right now (only prints and I feel like I would mess that up royally as a noob).
- Spores101.co which has a Canadian shipping option sells Golden Teacher syringes but with pre-grown live mycelium in the syringe (isn't that illegal?) I wasn't sure what to think of this and it felt like some kind of weird trap or something.
- Other Mycotopia sponsors/vendors just don't have any cubensis stock available in the strains that seem to be recommended to beginners, or they won't ship to Canada right now.
What would you recommend in this case? Does anyone have any experience with Spores101? Should I try going for the spore prints and attempting to make my own syringes? Or would you recommend waiting it out until certain vendors are ready to ship to Canada again? I don't want to be a whiny noob but I'm a little intimidated by the process to begin with and just want to minimize the risk of contamination as much as possible until I am a little more comfortable with the beginner PF Tek process. Any suggestions, tips, or words of encouragement would be much appreciated.
Thanks for the helpful links thus far and for all the great info on this forum. I'm really looking forward to jumping into my first attempt as soon as I can.