What is Psilocybin?
WHAT ARE MAGIC TRUFFLES?
Magic truffles are related to the more well-known hallucinogen, magic mushrooms. While they both belong to the same species of psychoactive fungi, magic truffles are simply at a different stage of fungal development than magic mushrooms. Truffles are a dormant form of fungus, known as sclerotia, that store food reserves in a hardened mass until the environment is suitable for the growth of mushrooms.
Magic truffles are the transformational substances used at the Synthesis retreat in Amsterdam, due to their legal status and powerful psychedelic effects.
Not all truffles are psychedelic. Of the hundreds of species of fungi that produce truffles, fewer than a dozen also have psychedelic properties. Magic truffles are only magic because they contain the psychoactive molecules psilocybin and psilocin.
Some non-psychoactive truffles are a culinary delicacy: but the few species that are actually tasty are also very hard to farm, and have to be searched for in the wild. Often pigs or dogs are used to sniff them out, and a large truffle can sell for thousands of dollars.
Psychedelic truffles are easier to grow and harvest than culinary truffles. Unlike culinary truffles, which are delicate and require very specific environmental conditions to grow, psychedelic truffles can be farmed and harvested in artificial environments.
Several species of truffles are psychoactive. That is, they contain the psychoactive molecule psilocybin. These psychoactive truffles are known as magic truffles, or psychedelic truffles. The known species of psychoactive truffles include Psilocybe tampanensis, Psilocybe mexicana, Psilocybe atlantis and Psilocybe galindoii.
ARE MAGIC TRUFFLES LEGAL?
In the Netherlands, magic mushrooms have been illegal since 2007. However, the government only outlawed the mature mushroom stage of psychedelic fungi, meaning that truffles containing psilocybin are still legal to buy and consume.
Since then, fresh and dried magic truffles have been sold in head shops across the country. Truffles are especially popular in Amsterdam, and a number of legal psychedelic retreats near the city (including Synthesis) have adopted these truffles as the substance of choice for transformational experiences.
WHY CHOOSE MAGIC TRUFFLES?
Aside from the legality of magic truffles (which is important for obvious reasons), there are additional benefits for Synthesis to have chosen them as the ideal psychedelic for a retreat.
Magic truffles (when dried) contain a lower concentration of psilocybin than dried magic mushrooms, but certainly enough to induce a profound psychedelic experience.
People often report that the magic truffles trip is a less intense, shorter-lasting experience than the magic mushrooms trip – but this is likely due to the fact that magic truffles are manufactured more carefully, and packaged with reliable dosage information. By comparison, magic mushrooms are often acquired from unreliable sources, and as such people are likely to take an unknown dose. This advantage of the legal magic truffle market in the Netherlands is perfect for Synthesis; providing a reliable and controlled dose of psilocybin, which is crucial to the comfort of our guests.
One downside of the legal magic truffle market is that truffles can be more expensive to purchase than magic mushrooms. However, you’re paying for peace of mind, knowing that the truffles have come from dedicated manufacturers and are dosed accurately.
WHAT IS THE MAGIC TRUFFLE CEREMONY LIKE?
Since magic truffles contain exactly the same active ingredients as magic mushrooms (mainly psilocybin), the quality of the magic truffle trip is reported to be very similar.
Magic truffles can be ingested in various ways. They can be eaten fresh, brewed into a tea, or dried truffles can be packed into capsules. At Synthesis, truffles are ingested as a ginger-infused tea; a relatively pleasant administration, which helps to mask the strong, often earthy magic truffles taste. The ginger in the magic truffles tea also helps to settle the stomach, as some people can experience nausea from psilocybin truffles. The truffle tea also makes it convenient for participants to re-dose if required; a second cup can be taken during the session.
Magic Truffles’ effects can be intense. Users describe profound changes in perception, including bodily sensations, auditory and visual hallucinations, and feelings of seeing reality from a new angle. Some people reach a new understanding of their inner life or their outer world during the experience itself; for others, these individualized insights dawn or develop later, with the aid of reinterpretation and integration techniques.
During a psilocybin trip, rushes of emotion are particularly common, including euphoria and a sense of total immersion in your surroundings. These are often accompanied by visual changes; the boundaries between shapes may blur, the air may take on a substantial, hazy quality. Surfaces may develop swirling patterns. Your thoughts may surprise you; drawing connections between seemingly disparate ideas, or spinning out into personal epiphanies. Your sense of self may even dissolve altogether as you become one with your surroundings: a process known as ego-dissolution.
The colors you see may be brighter, more intense, or change completely. Characters that are encountered in this altered state of consciousness may morph, take on new significances or identities; objects may feel different to touch. You may be drawn towards exploring the outdoors; the beauty of plants and flowers can become mesmeric.
The psychedelic trip can last between four to eight hours, depending on the dose and the individual’s sensitivity. The profound nature of the experience is amplified by the carefully crafted environment at Synthesis, guiding participants through a journey that will stay with them for long after the retreat is over.
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