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Psilocybe tampanensis is a very rare psychedelic mushroom in the family Strophariaceae. Originally collected in the wild in a sandy meadow near Tampa, Florida, the fungus has never again been reported in Florida, but was later collected in Mississippi. The original Florida specimen was cloned, and descendants remain in wide circulation. The fruit bodies (mushrooms) produced by the fungus are yellowish-brown in color with convex to conic caps up to 2.4 cm (0.9 in) in diameter atop a thin stem up to 6 cm (2.4 in) long. Psilocybe tampanensis forms psychoactive truffle-like sclerotia that are known and sold under the nickname “philosopher’s stones”. The fruit bodies and sclerotia are consumed by some for recreational or entheogenic purposes.
Growing underground beneath the fruiting mushroom, these psychedelic nodules are technically called sclerotia. They have a pleasant nutty flavour with a tingling ‘sour’ aftertaste.
This variety is very rare in the wild – all cultivated Psilocybe tampanensis can be traced back to a single specimen found in Florida (would you believe near Tampa?) in 1977. A year later, the world’s leading fungal expert Paul Stamets discovered how to grow the sclerotia and the Philosopher’s Stone joined the pantheon of natural psychedelics.
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!
TAMPANENSIS TRUFFLE USAGE
1 ounce, 1 pound, 1/2 pound