magic truffles in Amsterdam

All you need to know about using truffles in Amsterdam

10 January, 2020 in Blog by Chuka Nwanazia

Since the ban on the more potent magic mushrooms in 2008, magic truffles are sold as legal substitutes for them by smartshops in Amsterdam. Truffles contain the same active substance; psilocybin. They change the experience of reality, space and time. Your environment, feelings and perception are also experienced differently. The strength differs per species and per truffle. It is a natural product, so one truffle may contain more active substances than the others of the same kind. Magic Truffles can be used recreationally or to gain deeper psychological, spiritual or philosophical insights.

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So what are truffles actually? What are magic truffles? Where can you buy them in Amsterdam? What are the prices of truffles in Amsterdam and where can you buy them in the city?

Let us start with the basics, what is a truffle anyway? Truffles are underground growing mushrooms, which give a unique scent. Per kilo, a truffle can be one of the most expensive ingredients you can use. The tubers are found at the foot of trees and therefore fall into the mushroom category. A truffle can perhaps best be compared to a mushroom, but then of course in a different class. However, unlike the mushroom, the truffle is a fungus that develops underground. Due to lack of space there, it does not grow large but usually develops into a concentrate of mushroom flavour. The most important characteristic of the truffle is the typical intoxicating odour and taste. Truffles are the ripest and the tastiest in January.

In this article, however, we will focus on the psychoactive “magic truffles” that are sold legally in smartshops in Amsterdam to be used recreationally.

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What are magic truffles?

Magic truffles are one of the most extraordinary types of psychedelics in the world. These sclerotia are not technically mushrooms, but they are part of the same organism. If you are wondering what the difference is between these truffles and mushrooms, then you are not alone. Although both contain the psychedelic substance psilocybin, they are two different products.

This is because truffles grow underground, while mushrooms grow above the ground. It is also good to know that magic truffles are not really “truffles” but “sclerotia”. Sclerotia are fungi that grow from the same organism as psychedelic mushrooms — but are therefore not mushrooms themselves.

Since the ban on mushrooms, truffles are sold as substitutes for them. Truffles are legal. The active substances in mushrooms and truffles are prohibited. Truffles contain substances that make the brain work in a different way. The active substances include psilocin and psilocybin.

Truffles contain the same active substances. They change the experience of reality, space and time. Your environment, feelings and perception are also experienced differently. The strength differs per species and per truffle. It is a natural product, so one truffle may contain more active substances than the others of the same kind.

Where can I buy truffles in Amsterdam?

The best and safest place to buy truffles in Amsterdam is in a so-called, specialised smartshop. We stress anyone planning on using truffles to be well-informed and well-prepared. Therefore, it is wise to choose a smartshop with knowledgeable employees that take their time to inform their customers well. Below are some recommended shops where you can buy your truffles in Amsterdam:

    1. The Magic Mushroom Gallery: one of the oldest smartshops in town. At The Magic Mushroom Gallery employees are experienced and knowledgeable, they have numerous strains of magic truffles, they’ll be happy to help to pick the right one. They have two stores in the city centre one at the Flower market and one in the Spuitstraat.
    2. Azarius: Azarius has both an online and offline Smartshop. The offline store is located at the Kerkstraat in Amsterdam. The shop is located at a 2-minute walk from the Leidseplein.
    3. Kokopelli: This shop is close to the red light district in the Warmoestraat. It’s quite curious and beautiful. It is a mere 7-minute walk from the Amsterdam Central Station and is definitely worth a visit even if you are not interested in truffles.
    4. Tatanka: A big and spacious smart shop located on the Leidseplein.

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How much do truffles cost?

Unfortunately, as is the case with many popular and rare products, fresh truffles are often too expensive to buy. Black truffles can go for as much as 500 euros per kilo, while white truffles sometimes cost thousands of euros. Magic truffles could go for as much as €30,- per 15 g, depending on the smart shop or online store.

This high price has to do with a number of factors. Not only are they becoming increasingly rare, but finding them can be quite a lot of work.

Are (magic) truffles legal in the Netherlands?

Yes, (magic) truffles are legal in the Netherlands. Sclerotia are formed by underground mushrooms that store nutrients and protect them against the cold, drought and natural heat. They contain psilocybin, which gives a colourful state of consciousness that lasts for about 4 to 6 hours.

Magic truffles are officially a “by-product” of magic mushrooms and contain no detectable harmful substances, magic truffles can be sold in the Netherlands but magic mushrooms cannot because they are illegal. You can buy different kinds of magic truffles at smarts shops where they are sold legally.

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How are truffles used?

Truffles can be used in different ways. Most people just eat them. You can also make tea from them or use them as an ingredient in a dish. For example, there are also chocolate bars with truffles incorporated and most people like adding them to their pasta. You usually begin to feel the effect after half an hour after eating your dish.

If you have a full stomach it may take longer before you feel the effects of the truffles. If you put it in your tea, you can notice it a bit earlier, the effect is, therefore, more intense. Putting them in your chocolate can also deliver a more intense effect. The duration of the effect is usually between 3 and 8 hours.

How do truffles work?

Truffles fall into the consciousness-altering and hallucinogenic group. The effects vary and depend, among other things, on your personal sensitivity, your mood and the dose. The active substances psilocin and psilocybin are very similar to the body’s own serotonin (the neurotransmitter).

Here are some effects of truffles on the brain:

The effects and intensity of the effect depend on your dose and personal sensitivity. You feel the effect in wave movements. One moment can be more intense than the other.

Positive effects:

      1. Strengthening pleasant feelings and senses
      2. Laughing (laugh kick)
      3. Music sounds different, deeper, more immersive
      4. Colours become more intense
      5. A relaxed, cheerful, energetic, “high” feeling
      6. Experiencing feelings that you are normally not aware of
      7. Visual hallucinations

Negative effects:

      1. Unrest, a confused feeling
      2. Nausea
      3. Headache
      4. Thirst, dry mouth
      5. A warm or cold feeling
      6. Stomach and intestinal complaints
      7. Strengthening of unpleasant feelings
      8. Less control over emotions and behaviour
      9. Anxious tripping and intense painful feelings
      10. Fear that the effects will no longer pass

Truffles are characterised by different types of effects. You may experience the effects in wave movements and/or ‘loops’. The intensity also comes in wave movements and eventually decreases. Sometimes magic truffles give a ‘cosy’ feeling, you smile, you are cheerful and the world looks nice and colourful. Music is intense as you listen to it.

Sometimes you have a crazy train of thoughts, you don’t understand much about what’s happening around you or even your own thoughts. Sometimes it is difficult for you to form words. You may also have strong visual hallucinations. This does not always happen and depends strongly on your personal sensitivity, the dose and type of truffle.

You cannot predict exactly which effects you will get when you use truffles. People experience truffles very differently. Some may find the effects quite intense and others may not.

Truffles are not generally dangerous to health. The active substances are not harmful. However, people can get into trouble through irresponsible use. The negative symptoms can mainly occur in the wrong environment, due to individual sensitivity, a high dosage, etc.

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What are the risks of using truffles?

It is often thought that there are no risks associated with the use of “natural products” like truffles. That idea is wrong. Violent and even negative emotions can arise from the effects of truffle use. Most people have what is called “a bad trip” which can be due to the user not being able to handle the effects. Much like people who don’t know how to handle their alcohol. A bad trip can be annoying, but almost never dangerous.

The active substances in truffles are not harmful to the body. However, it can become dangerous in very exceptional situations. For example, the chance of having a bad trip is higher if you drink alcohol before or during the trip.

Note: Please make sure you use truffles responsibly. The more careful you are, the fewer the risks.

What happens during a bad trip?

      1. The trip turns out to be more intense than you thought in advance
      2. There is usually fear, panic, restlessness
      3. Experiencing unpleasant feelings and emotions
      4. Psychiatric illnesses (depression, psychosis) may get worse or last longer
      5. Injury from doing something dangerous while on a bad trip

Note: When on a bad trip, make sure you are in a safe place so you do not run the risk of accidentally injuring yourself or others. For example: do not go cycling or try to operate machinery of any kind.

People with psychiatric illnesses such as depression or psychosis should not take truffles. There is a risk that the disease will recur or last longer.

If you are pregnant, have a disease and/or use medication, it is better not to take truffles. Truffles are potentially dangerous for your unborn child.

Can one be addicted to truffles?

No, it isn’t possible to become addicted to truffles. Given the intense effects that occur from the use of truffles, they are not used very often. Truffles are typically used a few times at most. The chance of mental dependence is therefore not very great.

Strongest (magic) truffles in Amsterdam

Magic truffles are becoming increasingly popular in Amsterdam. There are many different types and varieties of truffle. Below are five of the strongest truffles in Amsterdam.

      1. UTOPIA: Utopia makes users construct their own world with their imagination. It allows you to reach a higher level of awareness and also offers you strange visuals. The perception of colour changes; figures remove themselves from normal geometric reality. Expect deep thoughts about life and the universe. The Psilocybe utopia is very powerful, so 5 – 7.5 g is a good dose for novice trippers. It is good to take less in the beginning if you want to test it first. For an average strength experience, 8-10g is good, and everything above 10 g provides an ultra-trippy experience.
      2. HOLLANDIA: This is one of the strongest truffles in Amsterdam. It makes you experience hallucinations and vibrating waves all through your body. Increased senses and more intense creativity can create a fantastic imagination for “tripping” artists. Hollandia makes users feel one with everything. With just 7.5 g, new users can be shown a new world. 10 – 12 g, users are sent to a new and beautiful reality. Everything above 15 g is only recommended for experienced trippers.
      3. MOKUM: This one may not be as strong as the aforementioned truffles but it is still very powerful. The effects are a lot like those from weed: users become more social and suddenly have contemplative thoughts about the existence of life. Given the dosage, 7.5 g can deliver a number of “trippy” experiences. A dose of 10 g is considered medium and 15 g is for more experienced users.
      4. PANDORA: This is basically the opposite of Pandora’s box. It’s opening a box of truffles and unleashing all the effects that come with them. If you want serious psychedelic vibes, this is one of the most popular truffles in Amsterdam. The 7.5 g dose is good for new users. For stronger effects, 10 g should be enough. For a complete immersion in the mystical psychedelic box, 15 g should suffice.
      5. ATLANTIS: The Atlantis truffle was discovered in Fulton Country, Georgia (US). This truffle is meant to help users discover the fictional island of Atlantis. Just like Pandora, beginners can start with 7.5 g. With 10 g is considered medium and 15 g is expected to definitely take you to the mythical island of Atlantis.

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Useful tips for truffles usage

You can reduce the risks by following the tips listed below. Mushrooms and truffles are normally safe if you take minimal but necessary safety precautions. Drug use without risk does not exist.

      • Take your time and ensure a safe and quiet/trusted environment. For a pleasant and “safe trip,” this is definitely necessary with a higher dosage. Make sure there is someone around who is sober, in case someone is overwhelmed by the effects.
      • Only take mushrooms or truffles if you feel well.
      • If you become anxious, stay calm: the unpleasant feeling always passes.
      • Do not resist what comes to mind and relax. It usually helps to think of something fun and to listen to some music.
      • Eating or drinking something can help you feel better.
      • Listen to the signals from your body and mind. If you find that you can’t really stand it, stop it. Don’t use truffles anymore!
      • Smoking weed extends and intensifies the trip. It is better not to use other drugs when using truffles.
      • Please do not buy truffles from street sellers. Only buy your truffles in a good smart shop. Feel free to ask the shopkeeper for advice.
      • Do not combine mushrooms and truffles with alcohol. This increases the chance of a bad trip.
      • Do not drive after using truffles!
      • Take your time, don’t use truffles if you don’t have the time. Make sure you have nothing important to do the next day. You can be tired after a truffle trip.
      • It is important to regularly drink some water or fruit juice during the trip. This does not affect the effects of the truffles.
      • Do not take truffles if you feel anxious, stressed or depressed. People with dormant psychosis or schizophrenia should not use truffles.
      • Do not take truffles if you use medication.
      • Do not take truffles if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or younger than 18 years.
      • Always preserve your truffles between 4 and 6 degrees Celsius. They can be kept in the fridge for up to a month.


Most people simply chew truffles and then swallow them, but if you do not like the taste, you can always mix it with yoghurt; or put it in tea and wait 20 minutes before drinking the brew. Make sure that the water does not boil, because that can deconstruct important psychedelic properties of the magic truffles.

The dosage of truffles always matters. If you take 20 g of weak truffles, it can generate a much stronger trip than 5 g of the strongest truffles you can find. Please make sure you understand the strength of your desired truffle and measure exactly how much you have to take.

It is important to note that psychedelic substances have a different effect on everyone. It has to do with individual experiences, psychology and physiology. If you are a beginner, it is strongly recommended to take a small dose in an environment where you feel comfortable. If you are not in a good place mentally, please do not take truffles! Take care of yourself first!

Do you have questions about the use of magic truffles? Please let us know in the comments!

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49 Comments on "All you need to know about using truffles in Amsterdam"

  • Rick Nov 17, 2023 at 1:20 pm

    Are these truffles seasonal? Can you only get them in summer or are they available January February time as well?

  • Gary Oct 21, 2023 at 1:11 pm


    Can I take it back to UK ?

    • Dani Oct 23, 2023 at 4:38 pm

      I’m not sure what the exact regulations are/how customs handles truffles in luggage. I do know that our partner Microdosebros ships to the UK, so if you want to avoid any problems, you can always resort to ordering them in rather than taking them in your luggage.

  • Dannnn Oct 19, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    For a first time, where would you recommend taking truffles, indoor / outdoor and what venue

    Like a park or zoo?

    • Dani Oct 20, 2023 at 11:02 am

      Personally, I’d recommend outdoors in nature. It is important that you feel safe and comfortable. I would opt to pick a place where it’s socially accepted to do whatever you feel like doing, whether that’s dancing, singing or lying down for a bit. Therefore, a zoo wouldn’t be the first place that comes to mind.

  • Pofty Sep 2, 2023 at 4:00 pm

    We are landing in Amsterdam after 10pm are there any places we can buy truffles at that time of night? Smart shops seem to close around 10pm.

  • R. Aug 8, 2023 at 3:22 pm

    Does Schipol allow having them when in your luggage when you’re leaving the Netherlands?

    Thank you <3

    • Dani Aug 10, 2023 at 9:56 am

      I’m not 100% sure, but I believe they’re still a controlled substance, so I wouldn’t recommend that.

  • Rosie Aug 3, 2023 at 1:31 pm

    What would you say is a less strong truffle for a first timer?

    • Dani Aug 4, 2023 at 1:25 pm

      I would recommend you to always ask this at the shop where you’re going to buy the truffles, they know their products best. Most of the times it’s also indicated on the packiging. Apart from that, to be on the safe side, it’s always smart to start with smaller dossages, so you can feel the effects, before you up the dosage.

  • Marko Jul 24, 2023 at 10:39 am

    As the non EU tourist: can I come to Netherlands, buy truffles there, go for example to Sweden/Denmark/Norway/Finland (by bus/train/car), rent a house and consume truffles there? Does anybody check your belongings somehow?

    • Dani Jul 27, 2023 at 10:34 am

      I’m not sure about all the regulations in these countries, but Microdosebros ships their products to all countries in Europe, so you could also have them delivered where you’re planning to stay.

  • Cacho Jul 5, 2023 at 10:13 am

    How many days the truffle stay outside the fridge?
    I need travel to eat in other place.

    • Dani Jul 7, 2023 at 10:58 am

      They are indeed best preserved in the fridge. However, storing them outside of the refrigerator for a few days shouldn’t affect the quality too much.

  • Jason Jun 8, 2023 at 3:21 am

    I think perhaps your food intake heavily effects your trip? Yesterday I ate 20g of Atlantis at the end of the day. Stomach full from my day in amsterdam. Absolutely no effect.
    I ate 20g of Mushrocks again today at the end of the day and 4 hours later, nothing. Should you eat them earlier in the day with an empty stomach?

  • Fiona Hardie May 14, 2023 at 9:24 pm

    Im new to truffles. I want to know if there is anything that can intensify the feeling. I read earlier that putting them in chocolate does this. Id like to know more about how this can intensify the effects?

    • Dani May 17, 2023 at 10:54 am

      First of all, if you’re new to it you might take some caution. How can you be question intensifying the effects, if you haven’t feeled the effects in the first place? Truffles are a potent halucigen, therefore they should be used with caution, as the effects can also turn into very intense negative experiences (refered to as a bad trip). That said, dosing is the key to intensifying effects. You can simply up the dosage a bit, to see how that works out for you.

  • Mark Duncan May 6, 2023 at 12:34 am

    Hi there do you ship to Scotland ?

  • Joe Apr 6, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    Are magic truffles sold dry or fresh/wet? Just curious for dosage reasons.

    • Dani Apr 7, 2023 at 8:37 am

      Yes, the magic truffles are sold fresh/wet

      • Simone Jan 17, 2024 at 6:12 pm

        Esistono funghi e tartufi in grado di aumentare la prestazione fisica/sessuale? Se SÌ, quali sono?

        • Dani Jan 17, 2024 at 6:27 pm

          I’m not aware that mushrooms would increase physical/sexual strength, but I’m not an expert on the topic. Maybe you can get advice from the sellers on that specific topic. I do believe that smartshops in Amsterdam sell herbal potions for such purposes, but it’s better to contact them yourself.

  • Marc Feb 11, 2023 at 9:01 pm

    You mention that truffles can be shipped to any address in Europe. Would it be legal for us to buy extra truffles when we’re in Amsterdam and take them with us to use in Belgium and France?

  • James Dec 30, 2022 at 12:55 am

    My friend and I are going to Amsterdam next month and we’re planning on taking truffles and then going to a museum or art exhibit, would this be a safe idea or should we just do it in our hotel?

    • Dani Jan 6, 2023 at 9:43 am

      It’s important to pick a safe environment and have someone around who is sober to watch over you. Many people prefer nature and prevent overcrowded places.

    • julia Jun 6, 2023 at 11:45 pm

      I am leaving amsterdam soon and was wondering if it was possible to transport them back into New York in a checked in bag or carry on?

      • Dani Jun 8, 2023 at 8:20 am

        I believe there are different laws across the different states in the US. I would recommend you to do thorough research on the legal status before you bring anything substance in your luggage.

  • Paul Dec 27, 2022 at 10:26 pm

    Is there anywhere in Amsterdam that I can take the truffles in a safe place with someone there to monitor and help incase there is a bad trip?

    • Dani Jan 6, 2023 at 9:36 am

      Yes, there are. I would recommend you to search for “truffle ceremony Amsterdam” and you’ll find places that offer guided ceremonies.

  • Matteo Oct 30, 2022 at 11:48 pm

    Me and my best friend never tried magic truffles before, but we smoke weed from time to time(couple of times a month). What could we expect on average, if we split 10g of Hollandia truffles? Is it going to be strong enough to have a very good trip or is it gonna just be some visuals but nothing crazy?

    • Dani Nov 25, 2022 at 10:43 am

      Everybody responds differently to these substances and it’s impossible to know upfront how your body will respond. Therefore it’s recommended to use with caution and slowly increase the dosage.

  • JohnW Oct 30, 2022 at 7:51 pm

    I took 15gms of Mushrocks two hours ago and I’m so disappointed – as a starter I thought this would be a good point to start but I have had no affect at all.

  • Susan Oct 29, 2022 at 6:07 pm

    Hello!!! I had some very good experiences with truffles and I would like to organize retreats. Is it possible that I make chocolates from the truffle to make the taste better and then sell them commercially next to my retreats or is this not allowed? 🙂
    thank you!!!

    • Dani Nov 25, 2022 at 10:40 am

      Hi Susan, we’re unsure whether that’s allowed. Back in the days, when actual mushrooms were on sale instead of truffles, they used to have chocolate bars containing mushrooms. However, I’m unsure if they can still be bought or whether it’s legal. I would recommend you to contact a lawyer on that matter! Best of luck!

  • Leon Oct 16, 2022 at 10:39 am

    Is a 15gram pot at 4 and half level enough to split between 2

  • Skrillix69 Oct 15, 2022 at 1:58 pm

    Hi, I was wondering if you can smoke the truffles as well. If yes, please isntruct the necessary steps and recommended dosage

  • Cam Jul 17, 2022 at 11:58 am

    Hi there, I was just wondering if there are any specific laws around taking truffles into venues/nightclubs, festivals etc. Whilst in the Netherlands or if it is completely legal?

    • Dani Jul 22, 2022 at 8:52 am

      I think most venues and nightclubs have a zero-tolerance policy on drugs, including legal substances such as marijuana and truffles.

  • Mike Jun 10, 2022 at 9:13 am

    In the Atlantis description there is a typo “…51g is expected to definitely take You to…” I assume 15g was intended?

    Otherwise a very comprehensive read, careful word choice as well. 5/5

  • Kelly Jul 7, 2021 at 12:56 am

    Wonderful information thank you!

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