7 different types of magic mushrooms in jars. From left to right the labels read: Mexican, Columbian, Equadorian, Golden Tops, Thai, Hawaiian, Philosopher's stone. These are the most popular magic mushrooms strains.

Simon’s Magic Mushroom and Truffles Guide

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The psilocybin mushrooms are a group of over 100 species of mushrooms (and truffles, see below) which have haalucinogenic, mind-altering properties.

The main active ingredients are psilocybin and psilocin.

Even tough magic mushrooms are illegal in almost every country, truffles and grow kits are still legal in many countries.


Magic truffles vs. magic mushrooms – the difference


The fruiting body of a fungus is called a mushroom. This is the above-ground “flower” of the fungus.

Under certain circumstances Psilocybe tampanensis and some other Psilocybin mushrooms (but not Psilocybe cubensis) will instead develop a below ground ground fruiting body.  That is what is called a truffle (a.k.a.  sclerotium).

Magic truffles can be thought of as the below ground versions of magic mushrooms.

The truffles contain the same active ingredients as the mushrooms.

However, psilocybin truffles are not considered illegal in many countries where the mushrooms are illegal.

Grow kits online are available for both magic mushroom and magic truffles.



Effects of psilocybin and psilocin containing fungi

Magic mushroom is classified as a psychedelic.

The effects of magic mushrooms are divided into positive effects, negative effects and neutral effects.

You can expect to have a combination of these effects during your trip:


Positive Effects:

  • mood enhancing, euphoric
  • laughing and giggling, general feeling of happiness
  • strong flow of creativity, which can be in various forms
  • insightful ideas and sense of creative energy
  • users experience a strong sense of wonder and awe
  • most users report feeling spiritually uplifted and impacted
  • some medical research indicates relief from cluster headaches
  • newer research shows possible treatment benefits for depression and ruminating thoughts

Neutral Effects:

  • becoming more intensely aware of emotions and sensations
  • change in focus of attention such as seen in other psychoactive drugs
  • slows down perception of time, allowing some users to reduce anxiety and stress
  • visual and perceptual hallucinations
  • dilation of pupils
  • retrieval of memories
  • sensations of energetic experience (such as buzzing, humming) in the body
  • increased heart rate, although some may experience decrease in heart rate
  • high blood pressure, especially for those with hypertension
  • physical sensation of “stretchiness” of limbs

Negative Effects:

  • headaches, often experienced as the effects of the drug wear off, even occurring the next day, and lasting up to 24 hours after taking mushrooms
  • intense fear, even paranoia – in case of a bad trip
  • nausea, primarily experienced when mushrooms are eaten raw or in dried form
  • anxiety, which ranges from mild to extreme and may be caused by higher doses
  • some users report being dizzy or experiencing confusion with mushrooms
  • can exacerbate mental illness or push latent mental disorders into expression
  • attention disruption
  • serious interactions have been recognized when mixed with other drugs, especially alcohol
  • can cause problems for those with low blood pressure, who may experience lightheadedness and/or loss of consciousness



Interesting facts about magic mushrooms: the Aztecs called psilocybin mushrooms teonanacatl (translated: flesh of the gods) and have used them ceremonially for thousands of years.

Even after the the Aztec empire was defeated and the native inhabitants were forcibly converted to Catholicism the people continued to use teonanacatl instead of the sacramental wine and bread.

In many remote villages of Middle america this practices still continues today.


On the picture you can see fully developed Psilocybe cubensis mushrooms. Psilocybe cubensis is often called the "magic mushroom" due it's hallucinogenic and psychedelic effects when ingested.
Magic mushrooms a.k.a Psilocybin mushrooms

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Guide to magic mushrooms, magic truffles and grow kits




The three main product categories online are:

  • magic mushroom
  • magic truffles and,
  • grow kits with spores.

This separation is important for legal reasons and one, many or all of these product categories might be illegal in your country.

You can get into a lot of trouble, and in certain extreme cases even a jail sentence if you order psilocybin mushrooms or grow kits online if they are illegal in your country!

Let’s examine the legal status of the three main categories of products sold online.



Magic mushroom, truffles, grow kits & spores – legal status country-by-country breakdown


The legal status of psilocybin containing mushrooms is complex.


Magic mushroom legality – The active ingredients in magic mushrooms are psilocybin and psilocin. Both of them are controlled substances illegal to posses and to use.

Therefore magic mushrooms are illegal in almost every country (except the Netherlands).

Magic truffle legality – In many countries, it’s not psilocybin which is banned but the mushroom itself. In these countries the psilocybin containing truffles are still legal.

 Magic mushroom grow kit legality- The spores of the mushroom or the truffle contain no psilocybin and psilocin and therefore legal in most countries.

/It is the same situation as with marijuana seeds, which do not contain THC making them legal to purchase in most countries. /

However, many countries banned possession of spores and grow kits because people were buying it en masse to grow and then illegally resell magic mushrooms (2003 raid in the US).

That’s why magic mushrooms shops do not deliver grow kits or spores to the US.

Let’s see the breakdown country by country.



Magic mushroom/truffles/grow kits legal status

Legal status breakdown country-by-country
CountryMagic MushroomMagic TrufflesGrow Kit
UKillegalillegallegal (if grown naturally**)
Austrianot controlled****not controlled****illegal
 Czech Republic***legal (to posses but illegal to buy/sell)legal (to posses but illegal to buy/sell)illegal
British Virgin Islandslegal** (to posses but illegal to buy/sell)legal (to posses but illegal to buy/sell)no data
Irelandlegal** (to posses but illegal to buy/sell)illegalillegal
Slovakiano datano datano data
Finlandillegalillegallegal (if grown naturally**)
Spain(illegal to buy and sell)legal (only for personal use, in private place)legal (only for personal use, in private place)ambiguous (depends on the motive)
Franceillegalillegalno data
Switzerlandillegalillegalno data
USillegalillegallegal (except for California, Georgia and Idaho)*****
Honk Kongillegalillegalno data
Indiaillegalillegalno data
Indonesialegal (if grown naturally**)legal (if grown naturally**)no data
Japanillegalillegalno data


* Possession of maximum 0.5 g dried and 5 g fresh mushroom is tolerated, selling/buying is forbidden.

**If the mushroom had grown naturally (e.g.: in your backyard) it is not considered illegal cultivation, possession, selling and consumption is still illegal.

***Illegal to buy and sell but possession appears to be not illegal.

****Not legally controlled, but the judge may choose to convict you for “attempting to commit a drug offence” depending on the motive.

*****Except in California, Georgia, and Idaho.

Possession of naturally grown wild psilocybin mushrooms are not punishable by law in Florida.

Presumably this applies to magic truffles as well, which are a natural variety of certain psilocybin species, although there is no evidence to support or to dismiss this.



Countries not included in the list have no information available online in English.

It might be possible, that the information is available somewhere online in the language of that particular country.


If you are from a country, which is not included and you speak and you know about legal status of magic mushrooms in your country, then please let me know in the comments section below.



European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction – Report on Psilocybin Mushrooms

Erowid – Magic Mushroom

Psilocybin Mushroom legal status Wikipedia

Psilocin Psychonaut Wiki

Spain: (Spanish) Real Decreto 30/2009



If you find something, which is outdated or if you think some of the information presented on this site is incorrect please do let me know.



Buy magic mushroom online


As you could see from the table above the legal status of grow kits, psylocibin, magic mushrooms and psilocybin truffles vary significantly country-by-country.

Make sure to check the legal status of any magic mushroom product before you purchase anything online.

I recommend the following places to buy magic mushroom and related paraphernalia (list is constantly updated, remember, I can only recommended shops I personally know and trust, if there is nothing here it means I can’t recommend anything right now).


Buy Psylocobea cubensis


Because magic mushroom in its dried form is illegal in almost every country, you can’t buy magic mushrooms online.

You can only buy magic truffles and grow kits online (most grow kits come with spores, but you can buy spores separately too).

You can buy Psylocobea cubensis online here:

It’s illegal, therefore I can’t recommend anything. Don’t forget, that in many countries if psilocybin mushrooms grows naturally it’s legal.


Buy magic mushroom grow kits


Because grow kits contain no psilocybin they are legal in more places than regular mushrooms.

Most grow kits come with spores but of course you can buy kits without spores.

Don’t forget to check out the video tutorials below describing how to use the grow kits and spores.

I recommend the following places to buy grow kits online:

Buy grow kits /shipped from the Netherlands/



Buy magic truffles


Even tough magic truffles do contain psilocybin they are not mushrooms and therefore are not banned in many countries, where magic mushrooms are banned (depends on the wording of the law).


I recommend the following places to buy magic truffles online:

Buy magic truffles /shipped from the Netherlands/



Buy magic truffle grow kits


Magic truffles contain neither psilocybin  and are not mushrooms either, which makes them the most widely available magic mushroom product.

If you are purchasing any of these products online and you don’t know the legal status of psilocybin in your country stick to truffle kits only.

I recommend the following places to buy magic truffle grow kits online:

Buy magic truffle grow kits /shipped from the Netherlands/



Buy spores


If grow kits are legal in your country, then magic mushrooms spores are legal too.

I recommend the following places to buy magic mushroom spores online:

Buy magic mushroom spores /shipped from the Netherlands/





Psilocybin and its effects


This is a picture of the molecular composition of Psilocybin. Psilocybin is the main active ingredient of psilocybin mushrooms. The chemical formula of psilocybin is [3-(2-Dimethylaminoethyl)-1H-indol-4-yl] dihydrogen phosphate.
Psilocybin and psilocin are the main active ingredients of magic mushrooms.

However, – as with most legal highs – the mushrooms contain a cocktail of chemicals which all contribute to the psychoactive effects.

Therefore, it is entirely possible to have somewhat different experiences from different strains (as do the different online shops and many trip reports claim it).


This is a picture of Psilocin. Psilocin is the second most important active ingredient in magic mushrooms. The chemical formula of Psilocin is 3-[2-(Dimethylamino)ethyl]-4-indolol.

Psilocin is the second most important active ingredient.

The mind altering effects of psilocin resemble those of LSD and DMT.


Psilocybin effects


Depending on the exact dosage and your tolerance you can expect to have a combination of these effects during your trip.

The effects of psilocybin are divided into three categories: physical, cognitive and visual.


Physical effects

  • spontaneous tactile sensations – pleasurable, warm, soft and all-encompassing tingling sensation
  • sedation – psilocin is considered by most to be relaxing, stoning and mildly sedating
  • runny nose
  • excessive yawning
  • watery eyes
  • nausea
  • perceived changes in gravity
  • increased salivation
  • dilated pupils dilation
  • wakefulness


Cognitive effects

The cognitive effects of psilocin are described by many as extremely relaxing, profound and stoning.

Especially in comparison of other commonly used psychedelics such as LSD or 2C-B (both of them tend to be energetic and stimulating).

  • current mind state enhancement
  • thought connectivity
  • novelty enhancement
  • time distortion
  • analysis enhancement
  • déjà vu
  • personal bias suppression
  • feelings of predeterminism
  • immersion enhancement
  • conceptual thinking
  • direct communication with the subconscious
  • memory suppression
  • feelings of interdependent opposites
  • delusions
  • unity and interconnectedness
  • feelings of self-design
  • exposure to inner mechanics of consciousness
  • spirituality enhancement
  • enhancement and suppression cycles – this can be described as constant waves of extremely stimulated and profound thinking which are spontaneously surpassed in a cyclic fashion by waves of general thought suppression and mental intoxication. These two states seem to switch between each other in a consistent loop once every 20 – 60 minutes.

Visual effects

  • visual acuity enhancement
  • colour enhancement
  • pattern recognition enhancement
  • distortions
  • drifting – in comparison to other psychedelics, this effect can be described as highly detailed, realistic, slow and smooth in motion and static in appearance.
  • tracers
  • after images
  • symmetrical texture repetition
  • colour shifting
  • scenery slicing
  • geometric shapes
  • internal hallucinations (autonomous entities, settings, sceneries, and landscapes) – this effect is very consistent in dark environments at appropriately high dosages
  • auditory effects – the auditory effects of psilocin are common in their occurrence and exhibit a full range of effects which commonly includes:
    • enhancements
    • distortions
    • hallucinations
    • multi-sensory effects
    • synaesthesia



Magic Mushroom preparation, methods of consumption

Magic mushrooms are most often consumed orally, dried or fresh.

It is possible to brew a magic mushroom tea from the dried mushroom. A detailed magic mushroom tea recipe can be found here.



Psilocybin dosage calculator


Just as with every natural legal high the dosage depends on the strength of the mushrooms. In general:


  • Light  dose: 0 .25 – 1 g
  • Common dose: 1 – 2.5 g
  • Strong  dose: 2.5 – 4 g
  • Heavy dose : 5.5+ g


However you need to take into consideration your gender, height, age and weight as well. I recommend everyone to try out this fantastic magic mushroom dosage calculator.



Health benefits of psilocybin


Magic mushrooms have a profound effect on the human brain and the experience can be life-changing.

A 2011 study found that after one dose of psilocybin, people became more open to new experiences for at least 14 months.

Source: Livescience – Magic mushrooms alter personality in the long term

The reason for the change seems to be psilocybin’s effects on emotions. People describe mushroom trips as extremely profound experiences, and report feelings of joy and connectedness to others and to the world around them.

Psilocybin actually boosts the brain’s connectivity, according to an October 2014 study.

Source: Livescience – Magic Mushrooms create a hyper-connected Brain

Researchers at King’s College London asked 15 volunteers undergo brain scanning by a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) machine. They did so once after ingesting a dose of magic mushrooms, and once after taking a placebo. The resulting brain connectivity maps showed that, while under the influence of the drug, the brain synchronizes activity among areas that would not normally be connected.


Dangers of psilocybin


Psilocin mushrooms are non-addictive. As a matter of fact, the desire to use them can actually decrease with use.
Anecdotal evidence suggest that the profound, life-changing experience resulting from magic mushroom use has actually helped people quit other addictive substances (similarly to Ayahuasca and other DMT containing plants).

Source: Brown university -Psilocybin mushrooms

Magic mushroom is not known to cause brain damage. However stronger doses often cause progressive nausea (and of course bad trips are possible too).

In case of bad trips it is possible to get panic attacks (as much as 25% of users reported experiencing at least one panic attack) and various other studies show possibility of  prolonged schizophrenia-like psychosis, and convulsions
Source : Harm potential of Magic Mushroom use

The toxicity of psilocybin and psilocin is extremely low.

LD50 in rats (,which means that at this dose at least 50% of the rats died every time) is 280 milligrams per kilogram.

That’s the equivalent of eating around 20 kilograms of mushrooms  for a 70 kg, adult male (eating 20 kgs of mushrooms is not even physically possible unless you are a trained competitive eater).

There are no known long term physical effects from the ingestion of safe doses of mushrooms containing psilocybin and psilocin.

Psychedelic mushrooms is often self-regulating, because there is an almost immediate tolerance build up after ingestion, preventing users from experiencing their full effects more often than once every 4-7 days.

The most deaths associated with magic mushrooms  result from misidentifying mushroom species and accidentally consuming poisonous varieties.



How to Grow Magic Mushrooms and Magic Truffles


The following video tutorials will show you how to grow magic mushrooms using a standard magic mushroom grow kit (comes with spores).



The following video tutorial will show you how unbelievably easy it is to grow magic truffles (even easier than magic mushrooms) by using a small grow kit (spores included).





Buy magic mushrooms online


You can buy Psylocobea cubensis online here:

It’s illegal, therefore I can’t recommend anything. Don’t forget, that in many countries if psilocybin mushrooms grows naturally it’s legal.

You can buy grow kits online here:

Buy grow kits /shipped from the Netherlands/

I recommend the following places to buy magic truffles online:

Buy magic truffles /shipped from the Netherlands/

I recommend the following places to buy magic truffle grow kits online:

Buy magic truffle grow kits /shipped from the Netherlands/

I recommend the following places to buy magic mushroom spores online:

Buy magic mushroom spores /shipped from the Netherlands/



Magic Mushroom trip reports



“40 minutes into trip
We walked outside, and the first thing I noticed was the cement moving in waves. The patterns of light on the floor were vibrating. The skateboard began to breathe. The chair next to the fire-pit began to change into a mischievous deer of sorts and change back as soon as I would look away.

1 hour into the trip
The garage cement began to bend like into a U shape. I climbed into Andy’s loft, and I saw a space heater in the middle of the floor. It laughed at me. However, the heater was benign in personality, and so I watched it breathe just like the skateboard.

I stared at the metal grating on the front, and the bars making of the grating began to rotate around one another in a dance. Then metallic bars began to drip, melting straight off the heater, but it’s as if the drops simply collected at the bottom of the bars and never hit the floor.
The glowing of the heater was unbelievable. I have never in my life experienced oranges and reds that danced and melted and reformed and rotated around one another, spinning in place, yet not moving at all, which is when the experience began to become super-dimensional.

~1 hour 30/40 minutes into the trip

In Larkin’s kitchen there is a large blackboard, on which Larkin had drawn three pictures about my life as a joke for when I arrived earlier. Before ingesting the mushrooms, the pictures were merely white chalk representations of myself and events in my life. It is most important to note that they were white, pure white. However, when I looked at them and there was no more white, but a combination of neon green, red, blue, and gold. Even more fascinating is the fact that the pictures were moving. This is no joke and must be taken at face value. They were moving, their legs kicking back and forth in the same manner of a young child sitting on a fishing dock. They all looked very happy and wanting to talk to either one another or me.

Then I noticed the couch. Which before had been a dull brown, was now five shades of Gold. The couch also had an epidermis, and a face, a large couch face, right in the middle of it. The couch, like many things at this point, had a distinct personality. It looked like a Tiki god, like a large golden Tiki god who had come all the way from Hawaii just to hang out with us. He was rather boring in personality, but I was glad he was there, just for company.”



Source: Erowid – Magic mushroom – Trip report



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Some of the information presented here might be outdated or incorrect (check “last updated” below). Make sure, that if you are planning to try out any of the substances to research them yourself as well.

I’m 100% committed to safe and responsible legal high consumption. If you have a few minutes to spare please read my blog post about responsible and safe legal drugs use


Psilocybin containing fungi are only one of the legal highs included in Simon’s legal high guide, check out the others as well.

If you are only interested in legal psychedelics, then check out Simon’s Legal Psychedelics for more.

Last updated: 2016. 02. 19.

Simon's Magic Mushroom, Truffles and Grow Kits Guide
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Simon's Magic Mushroom, Truffles and Grow Kits Guide
Everything you need to know about magic mushrooms, truffles and the grow kits (and spores). Contains information about the legal status, active ingredients and safe dosage of psilocybin mushrooms and more.

19 thoughts on “Simon’s Magic Mushroom and Truffles Guide”

  1. Hi Simon
    i like your website, info and presentation on on the topic.

    I would so much like to try my hand at a mushroom kit but im very frustrated because i live in South Africa and i have tried many sources so far to try and get hold of the items required.

    can you advise someone in my position what to do perhaps.

    kind regards

  2. Hi Simon

    I am from South-africa and are living in China. I think you know it is almost impossable to get my hands on anything,.

    I have a big question for you…. can you send to china(haha)

    Waiting for your reply.

    Thank you

  3. Would love some shroom all the way in polokwane… halla please

  4. Looks like we’re all South Africans looking to do the same thing. I’m no different, I’m struggling to get hold of spores, I could go to the transkei to get, but I’m no mushroom fundi to tell the difference, I would not trust myself to pick from the wild, even with a solid identification guide. Can you point me in the direction of someone that would ship some spores to SA? Or is there anyone locally that can help a hobbyist out?

    1. Let me know if you know 😂 same issue, I’m from SA too

  5. Hey, great article by the way. Im having trouble finding exact info on the legality of purchasing truffles online or growing them within spain. The only info i found on the magic truffles website (dutch company I bought truffles from when I was living in amsterdam) and from their site it seems legal here but I don’t really trust their research. I live in the Andalucia region which is the south of spain, could you help with any website references?



    1. PS.

      The only info I do have is from wiki:

      “Illegal (Decriminalized for personal use in a private place)”

      From what I understand this means I can consume it privately, obviously, but I don’t know how legal it is to purchase it still….

  6. Do you know if I can get any trouble ordering magic mushrooms from shayana s store? I live in south africa and its not legal here but they do ship here

  7. Hi so I to am currently living in South Africa and I am interested in starting to grow at home again. Was wondering if you guys are able to ship grow kits or spores to SA at all?

    1. hi

      have you received any info on this post?


    Hi Simon.

    This is a warning of a rogue dealer in the Netherlands known as WHOLECELIUM. I have a string of emails and copy of my bank transfer and polite requests if anyone requires definitive proof of their dishonourable business.

    Basically, they insist on a disclaimer if your order does not arrive, so they want to nullify distant selling rights even though that is the law by which everyone else fairly lives by.

    I now know why they do this … after ordering 3 Pandora grow kits and sending them €60.51 via bank transfer through Globalwepay, as they recommend. 2 weeks later or so, something eventually arrived but it was entirely the wrong order and about half of the cost.

    I contacted them and they faffed about asking for transfer details, pictures and so on, all of which I gave them promptly.

    Then – absolute RADIO SILENCE – no return emails day after day.

    They could see they had made a mistake
    and despite me just asking them for a fair solution

    Their were at least 4 people who had contacted me since starting the order so it seems like a group of people who like to take money, but have zero sense of honour – easy money, eh?

    After a few days of no replies I suggested that they refund my money and I send tem back their wrong order – STILL NO REPLIES.

    I don’t have a lot of money and certainly none to throw away, WHOLECELIUM have betrayed my trust and they simply have NO CUSTOMER SERVICE – they take your money and run.

    One of the bank transfer co’s stated that they cannot transfer to this company that goes under the name of YAZMANTA, and I do know that one of their customers at least had paid money and never received anything and yet WHOLECELIUM refused to give a refund and only offered them a discount on a further purchase – this was i their comments section around 2 months ago. For definitive proof of what I say above and to save some people grief and loss of money you can contact me on gen8@gmx.com and I will send you a copy of my correspondence with Wholecelium and their behaviour.


    1. thee Weeder says:

      it seems they need a lesson … give it to them by taking them of the air (www) for a while …. DDOS would do the trick ….

  9. Im from the U.S. and spores are legal to buy and possess and I have yet to order from a company and not get what I ordered,there are only 3 states here that are not allowed spores,so yes tou can absolutely buy and possess spores in America.

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