is microdosing legal

Is microdosing legal?

The Netherlands (where the Microdosing Institute is headquartered) is an exception when it comes to legality of microdosing substances, making it one  the few countries in the world where you can microdose completely legally as an individual. Smartshops provide over the counter (and online) sales of psilocybin-containing truffles, better known as magic truffles. Other psychedelics that are eligible for microdosing, such as LSD are listed on the List 1 of the Opium Act, meaning that posession and sales are strictly forbidden.

Why are magic truffles allowed then? Long story short: Dutch policymakers are not very familiar with this matter. Some years ago, mushrooms were considered a public health risk and a ban on all psychoactive mushroom species was put in place. However, not realizing that there are also species with the same active ingredient in the category of truffles and thus does not qualify as a ‘mushroom’ for the law. As often the case, policymakers are more likely to be led by populism and incidents than by research and figures based risks. This is certainly also the case with Dutch drug legislation.

It is allowed to sell fresh magic truffles in the Netherlands. However, the sale of dried truffles is forbidden. Psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) may not be extracted from the truffle and mushroom, and processed into products. Mechanical drying and processing of magic mushrooms is not allowed. For commercial purposes, drying, encapsulating and extracting is therefore punishable. Having said that, when does it done for personal use, it shouldn’t lead to problems.

In other countries, the situation is not necessarily better, as all the substances listed below are prohibited.

Nonetheless, scientific research with prohibited substances is permitted in some countries. Research is currently being carried out on LSD, psilocybin and MDMA at renowned institutes and universities in the US and Great Britain.

Legal Microdosing in the Netherlands

Psilocybin-containing Truffles (Psilocybe Tampanensis)

Better known as magic truffles. The truffle varieties can differ slightly in strength. For microdosing, it’s best to use the strongest species. You can dry and grind the truffles, and then put them in capsules, and this way prepare many doses at once. It is important to purchase a quantity which will allow you to microdose for 2 months. By drying and grinding them all at once, you avoid that one dose is stronger than the other!

Morning Glory Seeds (Lsa)

The seeds from the Morning glory plant (Ipomoea tricolour) are a natural tryptamine, called Lysergic Acid Amide (LSA), which is related to the substance LSD. Seeds containing LSA are also used in shamanism and at high doses cause a visionary, introspective and meditative state of consciousness. LSA is not ideal for microdosing, because unprocessed causes mild nausea. If you want to prevent that, you will have to process them.

1P-LSD, ALD-52

1P-LSD is a drug that has been on the market as a research chemical since 2015. The effects of 1P-LSD are closely linked to the effects of LSD. It’s in the same family of molecules. Although because 1P-LSD is not quite the same as LSD, the substance is still legally available “for research” in many countries. When ingested, it is converted in the liver into LSD.

In the United States there have already been two lawsuits against 1P-LSD sellers, but possession of 1P-LSD is not yet punishable. In most European countries, the use for research and possession of 1P-LSD is also still allowed. Since it has been on the market only since 2015 and not much is known about the long-term risks yet, we prefer to leave 1P-LSD aside until more research has been done.

Non-legal Options

Fresh/dried Mushrooms

All types of mushrooms containing psilocybin or psilocin are on the list of prohibited substances to sell. But you can get them by growing them yourself. Smartshops sell ready-made culture kits which are legal because they do not contain mushrooms yet. For personal use, possessing and processing mushrooms doesn’t cause any legal problems.


LSD is a banned drug, there are no legitimate markets for it. Owning and/or trading this substance can lead to problems with justice.


Mescaline is also a prohibited drug. Although, there are cacti for sale that contain this substance in low concentrations. To microdose the mescaline-containing cacti, it is advisable to process them into powder. Possession of these cacti is not punishable. Processing for personal use will not lead to problems with justice.


Ayahuasca is also used for microdosing, sometimes after attending a ceremony or retreat. In the Netherlands, ayahuasca legally can only be used as a sacrament by the Santo Daime church.


Iboga is a powerful plant medicine from West Africa. The active ingredient, ibogaine, is prohibited under the Medicines Act.

Important: we do not supply illegal substances. There is no point in asking us where these are available. Questions like this will not be answered.

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