Magic truffles | Fresh from Amsterdam
Sclerotia, also known as 'magic truffles' or Philosopher’s stones, contain psilocybin, which generates a colourful and philosophical state of mind that lasts between 4 and 6 hours. In this category, you will find the most popular types of psychoactive truffles listed. Even a small amount will take you on a beautiful trip.
MAGIC TRUFFLES FOR A MAGICAL TRIP
What are magic truffles?
Magic truffles have very little in common with their famed culinary relatives. The appropriate biological term for them is ‘sclerotia’ and they are part of a larger fungus, just like magic mushrooms. The latter pop up above ground to release their spores so the fungus can reproduce. The subterranean part of the fungus, the mycelium, absorbs nutrients from the soil and it’s in this process that sclerotia play an essential role: they serve as food caches for when times are hard and nutrients scarce. When conditions improve and food is abundant, the sclerotia will venture above ground and become virtually indistinguishable from mushrooms. This close kinship between psychedelic mushrooms and truffles also means that both are filled to the brim with precious psilocybin, the psychoactive substance we’re interested in.
The legal status of magic truffles and magic mushrooms in the Netherlands
Both truffles and mushrooms contain psilocybin and, until recently, both could be sold legally in the Netherlands. After a number of unfortunate incidents, fresh magic mushrooms were banned from smartshops and not long after, dried magic mushrooms suffered the same fate. The law is more lenient for magic truffles which are legal to this day. Spore syringes, spore prints and grow kits for mushrooms and truffles can still be sold legally with the former being more popular as they’re easier to grow. The sale of dried truffles and extracted psilocybin is prohibited.
Psilocybin, the most prevalent psychedelic substance found in magic truffles, is part of the tryptamine family. Our bodies break down psilocybin and the resulting substance psilocin interacts with the neurotransmitter serotonin (5-HT). Psilocybin is not addictive but our bodies will build up a tolerance so you should wait three to four days before taking another dose. Psilocybin is a potent serotonin agonist which is why it’s not a good idea to combine truffles or mushrooms with medication that interacts with the serotonin system, such as most antidepressants.
The psilocybin trip
There’s no one way to put the highly personal experience of a psilocybin trip into words. For one, your experience will depend on the variety of sclerotia, the amount you ingest and a variety of environmental and personal factors. Generally speaking, you’ll experience a boost in associative thinking at the expense of linear thinking. This will allow you to create new links between concepts and experiences which will enrich your inner world. Other links that you’ve never consciously examined until now will become clear and tangible. Psilocybin will simultaneously enhance and distort your senses and you’ll be able to experience the world anew as if you’re taking it all in for the first time. Colours are more pronounced, contrasts amplified, patterns will start moving, dimensions appear to have changed. A strong psilocybin trip will guide you on a mystical journey which could lead to the sensation of your ego dissolving into nothingness. You’ll probably feel euphoric and giddy but negative emotions could be temporarily amplified as well. Your trip will slowly rise and come at you in waves until you reach a peak. Including the comedown, the trip will last about 6 hours. It’s an special experience and one that is worth sharing as it will most definitely strengthen the bonds between friends.
General recommendations for taking magic truffles
Eat your magic truffles on an empty stomach. You’ll notice the psilocin kicking in after about half an hour and you can eat or drink something sweet to help curb sudden spikes in the trip’s intensity. Truffles and alcohol don’t mix and cannabis tends to intensify your trip. Taking truffles is something you do when you’re feeling ok and preferably together with people you feel comfortable with. Make sure your surroundings are pleasant and comfortable and keep sufficient snacks and non-alcoholic beverages handy.
Different varieties of magic truffles, different psilocybin levels
Depending on the variety of truffles you’ll ingest different levels of psilocybin which in turn leads to a stronger or, conversely, a more attenuated trip. Other than that, subtle differences between each variety will influence your trip and some truffles aren’t recommended for first-time users. The following varieties are available at Azarius:
Recommended for people trying truffles for the first time.
The original ‘philosopher’s stone’. Less potent than most other truffles but still a good choice to open new conduits in your mind or to evoke the sense of being connected more closely to your surroundings.
Mid-strength. Smell and taste are more pleasant than with most other truffles.
Mid-strength. This truffle resembles the Atlantis truffle but adds a more intense visual component to the trip.
Strong visual component, deep thoughts and a relaxed bodily high. This variety is not suitable for inexperienced users.
Potent truffle, derived from the Mexicana. The trip induced by this truffle can be more easily managed than a trip induced by other potent truffles. This variety isn’t suitable for inexperienced users.
The visual component of the Hollandia trip is striking but can also be a bit overwhelming. This variety isn’t suitable for inexperienced users.
This truffle is an additional 10% stronger than the Hollandia. This variety isn’t suitable for inexperienced users.