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 specimen was found growing alone in a Tampa Florida sand dune while they were attempting to escape a nearby uninteresting taxonomy conference. Later that day, the fungus’ bruised flesh turned bluish and the gills released purple-brown spores, both signs of a psilocybin-producing Psilocybe.
This moderately to highly psychoactive strain has the particularity to produce a sclerotia, a dormant form of the organism which may also be consumed for its entheogenic properties; the sclerotia is commonly called Philosopher’s Stones or Truffles.
P. tampanensis was reported a little later that year, in Mississipi by Mexican mycologist Guzmán; as it is often said by experts of the field, mushrooms appear where mycologists go.
Nonetheless, this happenstance finding was cultivated by Pollock which helped it spread worldwide. Today, probably because it is considered to be one of the easiest species to grow, Psilocybe tampanensis is cultivated worldwide, mostly for its sclerotia.

It is through the cultivation of these unexpected fortunate discoveries that many rare Psilocybe mushrooms survived.

Other strains that produce a sclerotia are P. semilanceata, Conocybe cyanopus, P. mammillata and, P. mexicana.


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.

Potency Description

Moderate to highly active. 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.

Strain Effects

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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