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A Guide to Amsterdam's Magic Truffle Smartshops
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A Guide to Amsterdam's Magic Truffle Smartshops

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Updated: 27 December 2017
Even though magic mushrooms are illegal under Dutch law, many smart shops in Amsterdam stock other hallucinogenics called Magic Truffles that contain identical psychoactive compounds including psilocybin, psilocin and baeocystin. These ‘truffles’ are derived from the same fungi as Magic Mushrooms and have very similar effects to their illegal counterparts.

What are Magic Truffles?

Magic Truffles usually resemble, brown meaty nuts and have a spongy texture that’s very similar to regular mushrooms. Despite being called truffles, they aren’t actually related to this strain of fungi at all. Instead they are produced by certain strains of psychoactive mushrooms and grow underneath these fungi, creating root like structures. Essentially, they are magic mushrooms.

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Truffles grow underneath certain strains of Magic Mushrooms | © pixabay

What are their effects?

As Magic Truffles contain the same psychoactive compounds as Magic Mushrooms, they produce very similar effects, including auditory and visual hallucinations, sharpened senses, heightened reflectivity, nausea and headaches. However, their effects are often very subjective and depend on a person’s present state-of-mind. Effects usually start to kick in after around 30 minutes and last between three to six hours.

Eating truffles

Despite sharing their name with one of the most prized gastronomic delicacies in the world, magic truffles don’t taste great. In fact, they taste somewhere between dry soil and old, damp walnuts. Although it is possible to disguise this taste by seasoning them with herbs, spices or other ingredients, the truffles are still quite difficult to digest and often cause pretty harsh bouts of nausea. It is also possible to brew a tea out of the truffles by covering them in boiling water, then guzzling down the resulting brown stew – bits and all.

Smart shops

There are around 40 smart shops in Amsterdam that sell a wide range of paraphernalia related to cannabis, drug culture and legal highs. Most of these stores also stock strains of magic truffles in bags or boxes, which are usually labelled with small blurbs that describe their effects. Clerks at these stores are often pretty knowledgeable about their wares and many will advise customers about magic truffles, when asked.

Environment

It is always advisable to plan ahead when taking magic truffles, as their effects can be overwhelming. Think, comfortable, controlled environments like living rooms or bedrooms with comfy sofas, blankets and easy access to tap water. Strolling through green areas like parks or forests is also nice, so long as you’re 100% certain that you’re OK with interacting with strangers, etc. (as this can become quite daunting when you’re under the influence).

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Chilling in parks while under the influence is great, but just remember social interactions can become pretty tricky (and anxiety inducing) | © pixabay

Coming down

Although it is difficult to estimate when the effects of truffles will wear off, most trips last less than six hours and most users will be more-or-less back to normal within eight. Fortunately, small, one-off dosages don’t usually cause particularly bad hangovers, but it is still important to drink water, eat vitamin rich food and rest after taking truffles.

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Fresh, healthy food usually helps hangovers | © pixabay