Truffles, Philosopher’s stone, Psilocybin stones

Psilocybe tampanensis is a rare and rather unimpressive little brown mushroom that was first documented in 1977 by entheo-mycologist Dr. Steven Pollock, and his colleague, writer Gary Lincoff.
The initial specimen was found growing on its own, in a Tampa Florida sand dune. The pair who was taking a walk in the attempt to escape an uninteresting taxonomy conference, later that day, noticed that the fungus they had picked bruised bluish and that the gills released purple-brown spores; both of these are signs of a psilocybin-producing Psilocybe.

A little later that year, in Mississipi, P. tampanensis was reported by Mexican mycologist Guzmán. In the world of mushrooms, it is often said that mushrooms appear where mycologists go. This is yet another example that P. tampanensis is probably much more widely spread than data suggests.

Amongst being this solitary new finding that was bluing when bruised, the most particular and appreciated trait of Psilocybe tampanensis is that it produces sclerotia. Sclerotium is a dormant underground form of the mushroom which may also be consumed for its entheogenic properties; sclerotia are commonly called Philosopher’s Stones or Truffles and said to often be less active than the fruit mushroom. Though, like the mushroom, truffles can be moderately to highly psychoactive. Their hardened nature makes them a little more difficult for the liver to process, so best to help yourself to some lemon-tekking techniques. Truffles are known to offer nice buzzing feels, and soothing cerebral vibes. Other strains that produce a sclerotia are P. semilanceata, Conocybe cyanopus, P. mammillata and, P. mexicana.

If the initial specimen of this happenstance finding was not cultivated by Dr. Pollock, Psilocybe tampanensis would be yet another anonymous little brown mushroom. It is through the cultivation of these unexpected fortunate discoveries that many rare Psilocybe mushrooms survived.
Today, Psilocybe tampanensis is cultivated worldwide, mostly for its sclerotia but also because it is considered to be one of the easiest species to grow.
So let’s take a moment to be thankful to these passionate mycologists like Dr. Pollock, who are educate to sharing the “seed” and by doing so, allowed the medicine to spread worldwide.



Visual Description

• Cap: 1-2.4 cm broad. Convex, expanding to plane in age, often with a slight umbo. Surface smooth, slightly viscid when wet, no striates. Hygrophanous, ocraceous brown to straw brown, aging light straw to yellowish gray in drying. Sometimes with bluish tones. Margins even and paler. • Gills: attachment adnexed, brownish to dark purplish-brown, edges lighter. • Stem: 20-60 mm long by 1-2 mm thick. Equal, slightly larger at base, flexuous. Covered with fibrillose spots near top. Whitish mycelium at base, sometimes with bluish hue. Color yellowish brown to reddish brown. Flesh white to yellowish, bruising blue when injured. Partial veil, soon disappearing and rarely leaving a fibrillose annular zone. • Spore print: purplish brown • Microscopic features: 8-10 x 6-8.8 µ. • Taste and odor: slightly farinaceous, some say cucumber • Sclerotia has a nutty taste, with a tart aftertaste similar to kiwi.


MODERATE 0.25% - 0.75% HIGH > 0.75% - 2% Believed that sclerotia is less potent than fruit body. Sclerotia: moderate: 0.31% psilocin 0.68% psilocybin (Gartz et al. 1994) Fruit body: moderate to high, may contain up to 1% psilocybin.

Habitat Origin

Reported from Florida and Mississippi in the fall, sand dunes, grows alone.


The experience on Magic Truffles is said to be similar than that of the fruiting body though, because of its stone-like density, it is often more difficult to process, causing occasional nausea and a heavy body feeling. Said to be a good first choice for truffle beginners. Effects include euphoria and a sense of wellbeing. It is often described an easily controlled trip. Higher doses with profound philosophical thoughts Come-up often with nausea, said to take around 30mnts to 1 hour, trip said to last about 5 hours. The end is described by many as a slight stone feeling, a bit like when on weed. Fun fact: It was reported to be the most confiscated psychedelic mushroom of Germany back in 2000, it is mostly appreciated for its Truffles aka Psilocybin Stones. Truffles, they are said to be quite popular in the Netherlands.

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