Nicknamed the ‘Philosopher’s Stone’ due to the profound thoughts and insights it can inspire, the Psilocybe tampanensis was the first truffle discovered and cultivated. Despite their ‘philosophical’ reputation, the laughs, euphoria and intense visuals associated with magic mushroom use are also present. Mood and setting remain important folks!
psilocybe tampanensis truffles
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Growing underground beneath the fruiting mushroom, these psychedelic nodules are technically called sclerotia. They have a pleasant nutty flavour with a tingling ‘sour’ aftertaste.
This variety is very rare in the wild – all cultivated Psilocybe tampanensis can be traced back to a single specimen found in Florida (would you believe near Tampa?) in 1977. A year later, the world’s leading fungal expert Paul Stamets discovered how to grow the sclerotia and the Philosopher’s Stone joined the pantheon of natural psychedelics.
All truffles have a hefty dose of psilocybin in them, so the effects of all of them are broadly similar. Some sources may suggest that one variety offers more ’visuals’ than others, or another is a more ‘chatty’ experience. But such variations may also be down to user expectations.
Effects will be felt within 15-45 minutes of consumption, depending on dose and fullness of stomach beforehand, and last 4-6 hours. A typical trip consists of a ‘coming up’ period, an experience plateau, followed by a gradual descent back to sobriety.
Effects include: bouts of hilarity, changed colour and sound perception, introspective thoughts, feelings of universal connectedness, waves of energy coursing through the body, vivid visions with eyes closed.
The active substance in truffles is psilocybin, a triptamine similar in structure to DMT, a neurotransmitter produced naturally in our bodies. One pack contains 15 grams of truffles, though this may be reduced as water is lost during shipping & storage. The end effects will be the same.
There are no poisonous byproducts or metabolites created – psilocybin is ridiculously non-toxic - so no hangover. But you may look at life a little differently the next day!
Truffles are sold fresh so must be kept in the refrigerator until you use them. Take 10 grams (2/3 of a pack) for a regular trip and up to 15 grams for a stronger experience. Eat them raw on an empty stomach, or shred the truffles and boil them gently for 20 minutes to make a tea, which can be sweetened (with honey, not sugar) to taste.
Do not use when pregnant or nursing, when depressed or on medication or in combination with stimulants or alcohol. Avoid driving motorized vehicles. Not suitable for under-18s. If it’s your first time shrooming it’s a good idea to have a friend with experience to be with you in case you feel nauseous or anxious. Do not repeat dose for at least a week – not because it’s dangerous but because it’s a waste of money! The body rapidly builds up a tolerance for psilocybin so taking a fresh dose too soon after the last one will have no effect.
*Can be stored for a maximum of two months in the fridge. After you open the pack they can only be kept for two days.
psilocybe tampanensis truffles
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