Psychonauts should pay attention to this natural psychoactive substance that was previously ignored. We are talking about truffles that contain the same compounds found in magic mushrooms.
From the earliest times, humans discovered various ways to become intoxicated by consuming various plants, ranging from fermented fruit to coca leaves. Despite this fact, our knowledge about nature’s secret laboratory remains fragmented (at best) and we are still finding out about new living organisms that contain powerful mind-altering chemicals in abundant quantities.
Hallucinogens are a group of psychoactive compounds that is most frequently found in nature – indigenous cultures are using are using peyote and ayahuasca for centuries, to name just a few examples. Psilocybin-containing mushrooms are perhaps the most common form of an ‘organic high’ in current use since they grow on all continents and comprise a huge number of individual species.That’s why it’s a bit surprising that a close relative of these amazing fungi remains largely unknown to the general public, even if the potential for pharmacological and recreational use is immense.
That’s why it’s a bit surprising that a close relative of these amazing fungi remains largely unknown to the general public, even if the potential for pharmacological and recreational use is immense.
Byproduct of mushrooms
‘Magic truffles’, as they are affectionately called by people familiar with their properties, are a byproduct of growth of a few selected mushroom varieties such as Psilocybe Tampanensis, Psilocybe Mexicana, Psilocybe Hollandia and Psilocybe Atlantis. Just like their relatives, these truffles are packed full of psilocybin and psilocin, and they can consequently cause very similar psychoactive effects that include a sense of well-being, mild visual and audio hallucinations and increased speed of mental processes. For these reasons, they are collected or cultivated by the inquisitive minds looking to learn more about their biochemical impact on the human organism.
Just to clear the confusion, ‘magic truffles’ are not biologically related to edible truffles from the Tuber family, but rather represent sclerotia of the mushroom that grows underground. That’s why they share all chemical agents with their parent mushroom and can be found in the same areas, although they are significantly more difficult to spot by an untrained eye.
Perhaps that’s an explanation why these intriguing gifts of nature are virtually unknown even within the circle of experienced psychedelic explorers who are well aware of the existence of magic mushrooms. In rare instances when they are mentioned in literature and online, magic truffles are often called ‘Philosopher’s Stones’, which may also contribute to the confusion regarding their exact nature.
However, the physical appearance of these organisms more closely resembles truffles that fungi, which is how they earned their unusual name. They come in lumpy, irregular shapes and contain around 50-70% of water immediately after harvesting, which causes them to lose a significant percentage of their mass when they are dried.
The taste is usually described as similar to that of walnuts, so they are generally pleasant to ingest for most people. Of course, that doesn’t mean they can be consumed in unlimited quantities, as that would lead to high level of psilocybin saturation, with unpredictable and highly variable consequences.
If eaten, magic truffles cause a similar set of psychological effects to those produced by psychedelic mushrooms. While they are generally regarded as quite harmless and easy to handle in comparison with LSD and other hallucinogenic substances, certain precautions must be undertaken when they are consumed.
Precise dosing is essential, while ‘set and setting’ must be appropriate in order to eliminate the possibility of a ‘bad trip’. It is also recommended to stay in a safe environment and carefully pick the right people to accompany the intoxicated person at all times. With these safety measures in place, any psychological harm is extremely unlikely, while in many cases controlled use could help individuals to fight depression, unlock deeper levels of their subconscious or discover their spiritual side.
Even if mushrooms and truffles are identical in terms of chemical agents they carry, there is one significant difference between them. Once available through legal channels, mushrooms have been outlawed in most European countries, including the Netherlands and Great Britain. Fortunately, these prohibitive laws don’t extend to truffles. That’s why many smartshops in Amsterdam and smartshop websites sell them.
Since the effects are analogous, former mushroom users are increasingly considering truffles as a viable replacement that doesn’t carry the risk of legal trouble. If the prohibition of hallucinogenic substances remains in force throughout the world, it isn’t hard to imagine an even more prominent role for truffles in the near future.
It’s fair to say that systematised knowledge about magic truffles and other naturally occurring psychedelics is sorely lacking at present time as a result of the stigma attached to any and all substances that can be used to induce altered states of mind. There are very few serious studies explaining how psilocybin-rich fungi affect the body and the mind, which opens the door for speculation without enough data. A vast majority of people who ever tried these biological agents reported very positive experiences, yet the society at large remains hostile towards them simply because they are categorised as ‘dangerous drugs’. Hence, educating the public about this topic is extremely important if we want to take advantage of all the potentially beneficial effects that nature bestowed on those alien-looking life forms.
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