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
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