These hallucinogenic nodules, which grow underground beneath the fruiting fungus, are known scientifically as sclerotia. They taste deliciously nutty and leave a tingling “sour” aftertaste.
This variation is extremely uncommon in the wild; all domesticated Psilocybe tampanensis descends from a single specimen discovered in Florida in 1977 (could you imagine it was close to Tampa?). The Philosopher’s Stone was added to the pantheon of natural psychedelics the following year when Paul Stamets, the world’s foremost authority on fungi, figured out how to produce the sclerotia.
Since all truffles contain a sizable amount of psilocybin, their effects are largely comparable. According to some sources, one kind may provide more “visuals” than another or be a more “chatty” experience. However, user expectations may also be at blame for these variations.
Depending on the amount and how full the stomach was before intake, effects begin to take effect between 15–45 minutes and persist for 4-6 hours. A normal trip includes a period of “coming up,” a plateau in the experience, and then a slow ascent back to sobriety.
There are a variety of side effects, such as fits of laughter, altered colour and sound perception, introspective thoughts, emotions of universalism, energy waves pulsing through the body, and vivid images when the eyes are closed.
TRUFFLE ACTIVE COMPOUNDS
Psilocybin, a triptamine with a structure similar to that of DMT, a neurotransmitter produced naturally in human bodies, is the active component in truffles. Truffles weigh 15 grammes each pack, though this may be less due to water loss during shipping and storage. The results will be the same in the end.
Because psilocybin is absurdly non-toxic, no toxic byproducts or metabolites are produced, leaving no hangover. However, the next day you might view life in a different way!