Unsurprisingly, these truffles originate in Mexico. The mushrooms were discovered in the Oaxaca region in 1958 by the great psychedelic pioneer R. Gordon Wasson, and the sclerotia by another of the Greats, ‘father of LSD’ Albert Hofmann, who studied and found a way to grow them.
Use of this original teonanacatl or ‘Flesh of the Gods’ was brutally suppressed by the Catholic Spaniards but survived underground. It was not until the 1930s that their use was rediscovered by Western researchers.
The P. mexicana mushroom species also provided the first psychedelic trip Timothy Leary ever took (in 1960), about which he declared: “In four hours I learned more about the mind, the brain, and its structures than I was able to in the 15 preceding years as a busy psychologist.”
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.
TRUFFLE ACTIVE COMPOUNDS
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!
Mexicana TRUFFLE USAGE
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.