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Magic truffles are theoretically not the same as magic mushrooms and in fact aren’t even truffles. Rather, they’re sclerotia of psilocybin mushrooms, which is a different stage of fungal development that only occurs in several species of mushrooms. Truffles—the sclerotia—are dense masses of mycelium that grow underground and serve as food reserves. Just like magic mushrooms they possess the psychoactive substances psilocybin and psilocin. Therefore, microdosing magic truffles and microdosing magic mushrooms provide nearly the same experience. The main difference between them lies in their potency and, therefore, the dosage needed when microdosing.
Types of mushrooms that produce sclerotia (truffles) and are in circulation:
- Psilocybe Mexicana (lowest potency)
- Psilocybe Pajaritos
- Psilocybe Tampanensis
- Psilocybe Atlantis (highest potency)
Additionally, there are some crossings:
- MiniMex (MiniMexicana)
Before you decide which truffles to buy, make sure you’re well-informed about standard dosages and preparation. We’ll provide you with all the information you need to start microdosing magic truffles on this page.
History of magic truffles
The use of psilocybin goes back thousands of years and occurs in indigenous cultures throughout the world. These cultures would use psilocybin in the form of mushrooms to induce alter states of consciousness in ceremonies and ritual. There is much to talk about the history of magic mushrooms and the re-emergence in western culture in the 1950s.
Magic truffles specifically seem to have a much shorter history that started in 1977 when a mycologist named Steven H. Pollock collected an unidentified mushroom in Tampa, New Mexico and started cultivating it in his lab. After several weeks, he discovered something strange on his specimen; a formation of small lumps was growing on the mycelium which normally look like very thin webs. With eager curiosity, he began investigating the strange lumps. What he found where the sclerotia of the psychoactive mushrooms Psilocybe tampanensis. Together with his colleague, Gary Lincoff, they gave their finding several nicknames, one of which that stuck throughout culture; The Philosopher’s Stone.
The end of the work
Pollock continued to discover more psychoactive mushrooms and together with another colleague Michal Forbes, he wanted to open the first legal medical mushroom research laboratory. He was granted a patent for his method of producing sclerotia (magic truffles) but Steven’s work came to an abrupt end when in 1981, he was murdered during a robbery of his home and laboratory.
In the Netherlands, the popularity of magic truffles came to a rise at the moment the Dutch government put a ban on magic mushrooms in 2007. Nearly all governments in the EU followed suit. In fact, the new Dutch law banned all psychoactive mushroom species. But, sclerotia, or truffles, are not technically a mushroom species and are therefore exempted from this ban. This resulted in the Netherlands being one of the very few countries in the world where you can legally obtain natural psilocybin.
Legality of magic truffles
If you are about to start your microdosing journey, you have to know that the easiest and the most legal way is to do it with magic truffles. They can be legally purchased in various smartshops and webshops in the Netherlands.
The United States and Canada are currently witnessing a decriminalization movement for psilocybin, which began in the late 2010s. So far, decriminalization has been voted for in Colorado, Santa Cruz, California, Denver, and Oakland. The new regulation of the use, production, sale, and possession of natural sources of psilocybin will go into effect in the next few years.
In 2020, Health Canada granted 20 cancer patients exemptions for psilocybin therapy to treat their end-of-life distress. Dispensaries even sell dried magic mushrooms and psilocybin truffles. Still, always proceed with caution as they operate in gray areas.
Furthermore, Nepal, Brazil, Jamaica, the Bahamas, and Samoa have listed psilocybin as a legal substance. Magic mushrooms are available through healing centers and local healers.
Regarding decriminalization, the British Virgin Islands and Portugal are in the gray area where psilocybin truffles are decriminalized, though it may be more challenging to find a magic truffle or magic mushroom shop than in the Netherlands.
The truth behind the marketing of microdosing truffles
Before we explain how to microdose with magic truffles, we want to share with you the truth behind the marketing of microdosing magic truffles. Magic truffles are grown in The Netherlands under controlled circumstances by three growing facilities. However, there’s only one way to do it, and only one original sclerotia species. And therefore, all truffles are good to microdose with. Whether you use them for a high-dose journey or a microdosing, it doesn’t matter.
The difference lies mainly in their size for the truffles, which depends on how long they were left to grow. Some people notice a difference in potency in two or more types of truffles. That might be correct, as growers expose the truffles to air before packaging them, which causes their top layer to dry slightly. Thus, they become more potent per gram as they contain less water. However, it’s also possible that one batch (harvest) was slightly less potent than the other.
However, when you shop for magic truffles, you may notice quite a few varieties of truffles on the market with ‘trippy’ sounding names like Dragon Slayer, Space Shuttles, or Dolphins Delight. These names are nothing more than a marketing trick, as these names have nothing to do with the specific properties of the truffles. Usually, what you get are the same truffles in different packaging and/or quantity. The only difference is their potency—and even that doesn’t vary all that much.
Another marketing trick is advertising the same standard truffles as if they are specifically intended for microdosing, with names as ‘Natural Psilocybin’, sometimes being sold at extremely high prices. Don’t get fooled by the marketing of microdosing magic truffles. An average dose of magic truffles shouldn’t cost more than €17 (about 20 US dollars)
The effects of magic truffles in high doses
Most people usually eat magic truffles raw, or make tea with them. Many people describe the taste as unappealing, but that is highly subjective. The effects take 20 to 40 minutes to set on and can last from four to six hours. Magic truffles will alter the mind and heighten consciousness in various ways, most notably the perception of the world.
Several factors influence the effects of magic truffles, including dosage, age, weight, personality, emotional state, surroundings, and psychological condition (or disorder). The hallucinogenic effects are about the same as LSD, although psilocybin is 200x less potent and has a shorter duration. Just as with LSD, the body builds tolerance quite quickly, and when psilocybin is consumed within a short time, the effects decrease with each dose.
The subjective effects of high doses of magic truffles (psilocybin) include:
- Visuals (both with eyes open and closed)
- Time distortions
- Increased introspection
- Conceptual thinking
- Ego loss
Why is the ideal dose different from person to person? The number of available receptors differs with each person, and can differ from day to day, which causes a difference in sensitivity to psychedelics. However, if you’ve had a bad experience with truffles (headache, nausea, etc.), then perhaps another psychedelic substance can be a better fit.
Pharmacology of magic truffles
The main active substance of the magic truffles are psilocybin and psilocin, the same as in magic mushrooms. In reality, only psilocin is psychoactive and thus responsible for the effects that magic truffles are known for. However, psilocin is very unstable and breaks down when you dry the mushroom, while psilocybin can last much longer (a 115-year-old mushroom was once found that still contained it). Psilocybin is a so-called prodrug of psilocin, which means that our liver metabolizes it into psilocin. It then acts at the serotonin receptor to produce the typical psychedelic effects. Unlike LSD, psilocybin has no effect on the dopamine receptors.
Other compounds in magic truffles have been discovered over time, including baeocystin, norbaeocystin, and aeruginascin. To facilitate and optimize the therapeutic uses of psychedelics, mycologists and other scientists are investigating magic mushrooms at a fundamental level, figuring out what alkaloids are in them, what properties these alkaloids hold, and how they interact.
Toxicity & risks of magic truffles
Magic truffles are very safe because they are neither (physically) addictive nor physiologically toxic. However, adverse psychological reactions can happen to people predisposed to psychological or psychiatric disorders. Some possible but rare negative side effects include:
- Psychosis (high doses)
Microdosing magic truffles
Microdosing magic truffles entails taking between 1/20 and 1/10 of a “normal dose”. However, the exact dosage for microdosing magic truffles depends on if they’re dried or fresh. The idea is to experience very subtle effects that have a therapeutic influence and positive impact on your daily life.
The microdosing dosages for fresh magic truffles are:
- Low microdose: 0.5 gram
- Medium microdose: 1.0 gram
- High microdose: 2.0 gram
The dosages for microdosing dry magic truffles are:
- Low microdose: 0.15 gram
- Medium microdose: 0.3 gram
- High microdose: 0.6 gram
Effects of microdosing magic truffles
Microdosing magic truffles is basically the same as microdosing magic mushrooms. The main differences lie in the legal status of magic truffles compared to magic mushrooms and the potency. As previously mentioned, magic truffles are legal in many countries, whereas magic mushrooms are not. Magic truffles consist 70% of water, and magic mushrooms consist of 90% of water. Therefore, the ideal dosages for both macrodosing and microdosing differ between the two.
If you want to find out more about the differences between “Magic Truffles and Magic Mushrooms, read about the study conducted by Dr. Gartz.
The effects of microdosing psilocybin include:
- Improved focus
- Increased creativity
- Improved mood
- Improved focus
- Emotional balance
- Better cognitive functioning
- More energy
- Can help with addiction
Many of the things that hold for high doses of psychedelics holds true for microdosing with psychedelics. However, the effects of microdosing magic truffles can be influenced by several factors, including environment, stomach content, age, weight, and dosage.
Risks of microdosing magic truffles
As mentioned before, magic truffles are not addictive nor physiologically toxic. The minimal risk for negative side effects is further reduced when microdosing magic truffles. Therefore, until now, microdosing magic truffles is classified as safe.
Some possible negative side effects include:
How to prepare your dose for microdosing magic truffles
If you want to microdose magic truffles, there are three options:
- Get some ready fresh Microdosing XP truffles
- Get a larger portion of magic truffles, dry them and make a large batch of personalized microdoses yourself—we’ve included a description below
- Or alternatively, grow your own magic truffles. However, this is a time-consuming and complex process. In case you want to grow your own batch, we recommend growing magic mushrooms instead.
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Storing your fresh magic truffles
To guarantee the truffles stay fresh for about a month after opening the package, always store them in the fridge! Purchasing pre-packaged microdosing XP truffles is the easier and most convenient way to microdose magic truffles. These contain the Mexicana variant that has been vacuum-packed. Unopened, they stay fresh for about one to two months.
If you don’t have Microdosing XP truffles but a 10, 15, or 20 grams package, place these truffles on unbleached tissue paper, kitchen paper, or any other type of paper made to absorb moisture. This will prevent the truffles from coming into contact with too much humidity, which can cause them to mold.
One of the primary environmental factors in which mold thrives is moisture. Therefore, it’s essential to reduce the moisture content in your truffles as quickly as possible! In addition, some fungi produce dangerous mycotoxins that can affect human health. If you store your truffles incorrectly and mold appears, you will have to throw them all away!
Preparing fresh magic truffles for microdosing
If it’s your first time microdosing, it’s essential to determine your ideal dose or sweet spot. If you have experience with psychedelics and know your sensitivity to them. You should take this into account. We advise looking at our microdosing guide to learn more in-depth about microdosing protocols, other substances, and how to determine your sweet spot.
The microdosing dosages for fresh magic truffles are:
- Low dose: 0.5 gram
- Medium dose: 0.7 gram
- High dose: 1.0 gram
As we mentioned already, the most convenient way to microdose magic truffles, is with microdosing XP-truffles. These are fresh truffles packed in a strip of 6×1gram. If you have bought a bigger package, it’s best to determine your dosage on a small scale. For fresh magic truffles, we recommend starting with 0.5 gram. You can directly eat the magic truffles or mix them in with your breakfast cereal.
Preparing dry magic truffles for microdosing
Another possibility is to dry your magic truffles. The main advantage of drying your truffles is that they won’t go off as quickly as fresh magic truffles, and it’s easier to prepare very accurate dosages. Follow these steps to prepare your dose for microdosing magic truffles.
What you need
- Magic truffles
- Electric scale (choose a precision scale that can weigh from 0.01g)
- Empty capsules (vegetarian or made from gelatin)
- Airtight storage box
- Coffee grinder
- Capsule machine
You can also get a starter kit for Microdosing magic truffles (available for purchase within the EU).
1. Dry the magic truffles
- Cut the magic truffles into slices with a knife (thin slices dry faster and prevent mold)
- Use a fan to speed up the drying process (avoid using heat sources such as heaters or microwaves for the drying process. High temperatures destroy the psilocybin!)
- Dry them for approximately three days. Wait until the pieces of truffles are bone dry (hard like small stones or a chip of truffles snaps when bent; then all moisture has gone, and there’s no chance of molding)
Another option is to dry the magic truffles in the oven. Set the temperature to max 113 °F (45 °C) and leave the oven on for +/- 48 hours. Because this is a waste of energy, we encourage the fan method!
2. Grind the magic truffles
Grind all dried truffles into fine powder. This works best using a coffee grinder. Because the different parts of the magic truffles can differ in potency, it’s important to mix everything well to ensure a constant potency when microdosing magic truffles.
3. Encapsulate the magic truffles
To make microdosing magic truffles as effortless as possible, we advise encapsulating them and preparing your microdoses ahead of time.
NOTE: Remember to remove the weight of an empty capsule from the total weight. With most scales, you do it by placing an empty capsule on the and pressing the “tare” button.
The dosages for microdosing dry magic truffles are:
- Low dose: 0.2 gram
- Medium dose: 0.4 gram
- High dose: 0.6 gram
Be cautious; a dosage of 0.7 gram of dried magic truffles (1.5 grams fresh) will already have a slightly psychedelic effect for some people!
4. Finding your sweet spot for microdosing magic truffles
If it’s your first time microdosing magic truffles, and you have not found your sweet spot yet, you can prepare several microdoses with different quantities. Prepare some capsules with different quantities, for example; a dose 0.15 gram, a dose of 0.2 gram, and one of 0.3 gram. To find out which dose is your sweet spot, start with the lowest dose. Then, if you feel this microdose is too low, take a higher dose the next microdosing day. Read more in-depth how to find your sweet spot in our guide How to microdose.
5. Store your magic truffles
Store your thoroughly dried truffles in a cold, dry, and dark place. Avoid direct sunlight as UV radiation can damage the cellular structure and thus affect the quality of the magic truffles. It’s best to store them in airtight jars such as this handy stash box for extra assured protection.
If you’d like to freeze the truffles, remember that you have to dry them first properly! Freezing fresh truffles is not recommended as it can damage their cells, causing loss of their potency. To freeze your dried truffles, put them in a sealed zip bag. You can safely store them in the freezer for an extended period.
6. Start microdosing magic truffles
Once you have determined your sweet spot, you can fully start microdosing magic truffles and prepare a larger amount of capsules. If you don’t feel like tinkering with it for a long time, you can use a capsule machine.
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- Psilocybin Investigator’s Brochure | https://maps.org/research-archive/psilo/psilo_ib.pdf