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Psilocybe tampanensis is a very rare psychedelic mushroom whose only known natural specimen was collected in the wild by Steven Pollock, near Tampa, Florida in 1977. All spores from this species have originated from this only specimen. A few years later mycologist Paul Stamets developed a method to cultivate sclerotia, which became the original "Philosopher's stones".
Sclerotia tampanensis has the ability to form sclerotia beneath the mushroom. These small lumps, sometimes referred to as truffles, contain very high concentrations of psilocybin, a psychedelic with strong visual effects.
The shapes and sizes of truffles vary, but they all produce similar effects. What determines the nature of the experience are the environment you are in, the people you are with, and of course the dosage.
After ten minutes to one hour you will start to notice the first effects, seeing and hearing things more intensely. You'll start to notice a rapid change in the perception of ordinary reality, seeing yourself and your environment from a new perspective. This often results in hilarious insights and a good deal of laughter. There may also be a sense of confusion, when your mind and intellect can no longer grasp what's going on. As the outer confusion intensifies, the inner visions (best seen in a dark or dimly lit room) become clearer.
The nature of the trip depends upon the person taking the sclerotia and the mood or state of mind this person is in. Although one may experience similar effects, each experience will still be unique and very personal.
The trip takes about 6 hours, coming in waves, and wears down gradually.
The active component in the sclerotia is psilocybin, a tryptamine that is related to DMT (dimethyltryptamine). DMT is one of the strongest visionary psychedelics, which occurs abundantly in nature (trees, grasses etc.) and is easily broken down by the body's MAO enzymes, leaving no toxic byproducts behind. Although the body can handle psilocybin quite well, the mind can get quite confused, which is why truffles must be taken in a safe, familiar environment, preferably with a sober and experienced sitter nearby.
These are fresh truffles and must be kept in the refrigerator. Take 5 to 9 grams for a normal trip and 10 to 15 grams for a strong trip.
Please note: it is possible that during the shipping process the sclerotia dry a little bit. This decreases their weight. But don't worry: the truffles will be just as strong as the dosage mentioned on the package.
The most common and efficient way to use truffles is to eat them, on an empty stomach. Sometimes this gives a heavy feeling in the stomach, which can be a disturbing sensation while tripping. Although psilocybin is sensitive to heating, it's possible to make truffle tea, which is more tasty and easy to digest than fresh or dried truffles. Boil some water, turn the heat down and add the (shredded) truffles. Let them boil softly for about 20 minutes. You can then add a little honey or sugar and drink the tea. Another method is to simply pour some very hot water on the truffles, let it soak for about 10 minutes, and then repeat the procedure with new hot water.
It's of no use taking sclerotia two days in a row, because your body immediately builds up a tolerance for psilocybin. You must wait at least three or four days before you can do sclerotia again. Most users wait a couple of weeks or months before they plan their next trip.
Sclerotia Trip Chart
Do not use when pregnant or nursing. Do not take if you're severely depressed or if you have a latent psychosis. Do not combine with stimulants or alcohol, or medication that affects your nervous system (MAO-i, SSRI, etc.). Do not use with the intent of driving motorized vehicles and do not partake in traffic. Do not use if you're under 18 years old.
The first time you use truffles, make sure someone with more experience is around in case you need help, for example when you feel uncomfortable, sick or scared. For more information, read this article in the Azarius Encyclopedia: Using Psychedelics Safely