Popularly known as philosopher’s stone and scientifically known as ‘sclerotium’, magic truffles are a byproduct of well-known magic mushrooms which contain psychoactive compounds like psilocin and psilocybin.
Magic truffles look and tastes quite different from others psychoactive mushrooms but have the same effect. The dosage of the mushroom has a big effect on the intensity of a trip. The experience which a person usually undergoes after consuming magic truffle is quite similar to the Mexican and Hawaiians and mushrooms with the same qualities.
The first magic mushroom was collected in the wild by Stephen Bullock near Tampa Florida in 1977 and was known as Psilocybe tampanensis. All the subsequent varieties of magic truffles are obtained from this one variety. Natural sightings of these mushrooms are no longer possible in Florida, however, a second sighting was noted somewhere near Mississippi.
Natural occurring of a psilocybin-containing mushroom is very rare and is only grown under control conditions by amateurs or mycologists and psychonauts on growing kits or spores. Mushrooms that is grown above the ground through artificial methods and not as effective as underground sclerotia which contain psilocybin and psilocin.
Sclerotia is much denser than other mushrooms and contains almost 30% dry matter.
Magic truffles are usually bought by psychonauts for a pleasurable experience. There is no record of medical uses however; psilocybin and psilocin have been successfully used on patients suffering from different kinds of migraines and cluster headaches. Considerable funds and now been spent on research to analyse the psychological effects of psilocybin in reducing the anxiety experienced by cancer patients.
Tampanensis is one of the most potent varieties of magic mushroom available in the market. Apart from tampanensis there are some other varieties of truffles which are grown and consumed by people all over the world.
Psilocybe Mexicana- The origin of this mushroom can be traced back to Colima in Mexico and is known as the ‘God’s Flesh’ in Aztec language. It was rediscovered by Roger Heim in 1956 and used by Dr Albert Hoffman in the first isolation of psilocybin and psilocin. Psilocybe Atlantis is another mushroom originated in Georgia and has similar hallucinogenic properties.
Magic truffles have hallucinogenic properties and should be avoided by people who are schizophrenic or suffer from depression. Pregnant woman or nursing mothers should also stay away from magic truffles. They are also not recommended for someone below 18 years. Do not consume them if you are under stress or plan to drive. Having these mushrooms in combination with stimulants or alcohol can be fatal.