Truffles in the Netherlands: everything you need to know for a psychedelic trip in 2022

Welcome to your guide to consuming magic mushrooms and truffles in the Netherlands in 2022

Ah yes, there you are! Welcome, did a friend suggest during your trip to Amsterdam that you should take some of those famed truffles — and they’re probably not talking about the gourmet and ridiculously expensive item for your pasta. So sit back and read up on everything you need to know about taking truffles in the Netherlands that we can possibly tell you in 2022.

Drugs can be a means to heighten our spiritual experience. Some drugs are manmade (MDMA, cocaine) and others are natural (marijuana). Some are celebrated (alcohol) and some are stigmatised (methamphetamine). Regardless of their chemical compound, society refers to all under the same sweeping term — “drugs”.

Truffles are a narcotic couched under the “drug” label and outlawed in most countries such as the US, Norway, UK, Germany, Australia and Belgium. But you’ve come to Amsterdam and been persuaded by your friend who is on a study abroad that it is “so Dutch” to “experiment” with drugs.

So you’re going to try truffles… But what actually are they? Are they really dangerous? Do they have profound healing effects? Are truffles in the Netherlands even legal?

What are truffles?

Truffles are a by-product of the well known Magic Mushrooms. Truffles and Magic Mushrooms are often used interchangeably although there is a slight difference.

Truffles grow underground and never break the earth’s surface whereas mushrooms are the fruit that sprouts above ground. Both parts of the vegetable produce psychedelic effects.

Magic mushrooms. Image: kooikkari/Flickr/CC2.0

First-hand accounts show that truffles trips are often a little milder whereas mushroom trips tend to be deeper and more intense and introspective.

However given that the chemical compounds of both a truffle and a mushroom are identical, there shouldn’t be a qualitative difference.

A possible reason why truffles are milder is perhaps that they come in set quantities, so consumption is more standardised. We’ll get to why it’s important to know about the differences between magic mushrooms and truffles in the Netherlands later (spoiler: one is banned.)

Truffles and magic mushrooms: what are the effects?

Truffles and magic mushrooms contain a compound called psilocybin which enhances serotonin activity in the brain.

Doing truffles in the Netherlands can make the user euphoric, feel at peace in the world and searingly introspective and insightful (and probably give you a bit of anxiety in regards to the crappy weather in the Netherlands). Colours and geometric patterns become more vivid. Some accounts do report nausea as a side effect of the trip.

The trip lasts between four and six hours, but time is often distorted while you are tripping. It depends on the strength of the truffle and the mood or state of mind the user is in whilst taking it.

Some people cope okay with this, but others panic themselves into believing they’re stuck in a never-ending time warp. In a similar vein to people who say “time heals all” while going through a bad breakup, I won’t tell you, “it’s just a trip, don’t panic”.

All you can do is get through it and have a reassuring friend to calm you down and watch over you.

Image: u/drinkmoreagua/Reddit

Altering your mindset for the good?

Magic mushrooms are proven to have profound healing effects. Clinical psychologist Ros Watts, PhD, of Imperial College London, is one of the leading researchers on psilocybin.

She explains that the brain is more malleable whilst on the drug “We think this is why many study participants are able to break out of rigid, restrictive patterns; after the session, they often describe being able to see, feel, and do things in a new way.”

How do you eat truffles?

They are edibles but taste foul. They were once described to me as “chewing an old and soft nut that has been rubbed in dirt.”

Unfortunately, unlike a shot of Jägermeister, they cannot be downed quickly. In order to release the psilocybins effectively, you need to chew them slowly before swallowing. But it might be a smart idea to mix em up with some chips or put the shrooms on a pizza.

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Dried truffles. Image: Koń/Wikimedia Commons/CC2.0

A loophole in the law: Magic mushrooms are illegal so how come you can buy truffles in the Netherlands?

The Dutch try as much as possible to decriminalise the use of drugs, making it a private matter of each individual, and not a matter for the enforcement apparatus.

However, protests against hallucinogenics broke out in 2008 after a girl jumped out the window while under the influence. The girl’s parents blamed the state of the Netherlands because the drug was legal. Following this, several politicians lobbied to ban the sale of mushrooms.

A list of mushrooms was banned under the legislation but one type was omitted from the list: the truffle! That’s why you can still legally buy truffles in the Netherlands and mentally trip throughout your whole physical trip through Amsterdam.

Where can you buy truffles?

Truffles in the Netherlands can be bought from a smart shop (which is different to a coffee shop). Smart shops opened in 1993 and sold items like herbal drinks and vitamins. A wee while after, they became known for selling magic mushrooms.

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Boxed truffles in the Netherlands. Image: Ellywa/Wikimedia Commons/CC3.0

Like weed in coffee shops in Amsterdam, there are ridiculous names and descriptions for truffles in the Netherlands. Mexicana’s, Dragons Gynamite, Tampanensis just to name a few.

Ask the shop owner for advice on what type to buy or even better, head along with an experienced friend you trust and who knows your limits.

Three smartshops for buying truffles in Amsterdam:

Kokopelli: Very close to the red light district in the Warmoestraat you will find this very curious smart shop. Even if you are not interested in tripping this shop is worth a visit.

Mediamatic Fabriek: Here you can actually learn the growing process. Mushroom-loving futurists Mediamatic offer mushroom-growing workshops every few months, covering either the magic kind or the boring (oyster) kind. Sign up for their newsletter to find out when the next one’s scheduled.

Tatanka Smartshop Amsterdam: A big and spacious smart shop with helpful and knowledgeable staff.

Truffles can also be bought online from sites like Truffle Magic.

How much should I take?

It is recommended that each person takes between 5-10 milligrams. Truffles in the Netherlands are usually sold in 15 or 20 milligrams. Each box has a potency indicator. A box ranges in price but typically costs between €10 and €40.

What to do (and not to do) when you’re high on truffles

  1. DON’T do what my friend did and go to the Van Gogh museum. Trippy Van Gogh paintings are unlikely to calm you enough against the hordes of people glaring at you as you try and keep your cool under a no-talking policy.
  2. DO take them with people you feel totally comfortable with and trust
  3. DON’T consume them if you are in a bad mental state
  4. DO take them in a safe or peaceful environment such as an apartment or forest or a park.
  5. DON’T panic — if the trip is getting too intense, tell a friend, breath deeply and repeat to yourself that it will be over soon.
  6. DO eat sugar if you want to lessen the high as dextrose is known to calm the effects
  7. DO have a sober trip-sitter who can watch over you while you’re high. On that note…

How to be a conscientious trip-sitter

Taking one of the team and remaining sober while you’re friends have a great time? Here are some pointers to be a good trip-sitter 

DO’s for helping truffle takers in the Netherlands DO NOT’s for helping truffle takers in the Netherlands
Be soft-spoken and reassuring Be condescending
Offer drinks and food Disregard their requests
Bring distractions like glow sticks and interactive games to heighten the experience Mock or laugh
Engage with their weird chat Panic if someone else is panicking


Psychedelic microdosing in the Netherlands

Unsure if the shroom trip is for you? Why not start your truffles in the Netherlands experience with a microdose?

This way you can safely test if you vibe with the drug. Consuming minor amounts of psychedelics is noted to be highly beneficial and firsthand accounts almost unanimously hail the benefits.

One study, at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, showed a mushroom trip eased the anxiety of people with life-threatening cancer and led to dramatic improvements in mood and wellbeing.

One user’s account showed how microdosing dramatically helped his ability to cope with the grief of losing his child.

He comments “On the days I took the dose, my mind felt more open and free-ranging…I would feel closer to nature, which would appear more beautiful, and I felt more “present” in the moment, better connected to my family and to my own emotions, more likely to spark up conversations with strangers.

The dose was too small to cause visual disturbances. It was more a feeling of energised openness — I would notice details that had previously passed me by.”

Also, it’s worth noting that there are people in the Netherlands who actively use LSD or other psychedelics in order to boost their creativity and productivity at work.

Doing truffles in the Netherlands, when the user is informed and sensible about the drug, can be an eye-opening experience with long-lasting effects.

You must always be wary of the possible side effects and use them appropriately but once informed, don’t shy away from having new experiences.

Do you have any extra tips for taking truffles in the Netherlands? Let us know in the comments! And don’t forget to join our DutchReview Facebook group. 

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in July 2019 but was updated for your reading pleasure in October 2022. 

Feature Image: kooikkari/Flickr/CC2.0

Freya Sawbridge
Freya Sawbridge
Freya was born in Edinburgh but raised in New Zealand (cue every person she meets saying “oh I have always wanted to go there but it’s so far away!”). A restless and curious nature has led her to move countries 5 times in the last 3 years in attempt to find a place she can call home. She contacted DutchReview on a whim and arrived in the Netherlands in summer 2019 to start her internship.

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  1. I recently bought some truffles from Amsterdam.
    Unfortunately, I am not getting much effect from them, apart from my taste buds being changed for a few hours.
    I recently had some liquid psylocybin which was very good, very peaceful without side effects, but hard to get here.

  2. I went to Amsterdam and tried Truffles with a very close friend who traveled with me. We enjoyed it very much. The funny thing is that both of us did go to the Van Gogh museum after taking them but unlike your warning; we had a great time. After the museum we did go to the park as you recommended. It was a very pleasant experience for both of us. I hope to go there again after this Covid virus thing dies down.

  3. Any information on how safe it is to do it regularly and how regularly that is? Like, I’ve heard i shoud wait at least a month otherwise it will fry your brain in the long run, but i don’t know if there’s any truth to it

    • You should wait 3 months in between each trip since you build up a tolerance every time you trip, 3 months keeps it neutral. I don’t think it fries your brain lol

  4. This article is so full of inaccuracies, the writer should learn to use Wikipedia for fact checking. Really stupid. For instance: Mushrooms are not plants. Different Kingdom entirely, and fungi are actually more closely related to animals than to plants. Truffles are simply bunches of mycelia that for underground…some of the same species that were sold legally in the Netherlands form these, etc, etc.. Dutch laws relating to the whole “magic mushroom” thing are idiotic, and were instituted to placate the rest of the European union after that very foolish French girl jumped to her death. Mushrooms should have remained legal for Dutch citizens…just don’t sell this stuff to tourists.


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