aRE YOUR SERVICES legal?
Yes, the psychedelic services we provide are legal.
In 2008, fresh "magic" mushrooms were made illegal in the Netherlands. But the law did not ban truffles, a natural byproduct of the magic mushroom organism that grows underground and contains psilocybin, a psychoactive compound that make mushrooms "magic."
Thousands of people from around the world come to the Netherlands every year to utilize truffles. They are available for purchase in Smart Shops around the city to people 18+. So long as you take them in the Netherlands, it is legal under Dutch law to consume the truffles.
Are psilocybin truffles safe?
According to the 2017 Global Drug Survey, 120,000 participants in 50 countries submitted data and researchers found that psilocybin mushrooms are actually the safest recreational drug you can take, with only .2 percent of people needing emergency medical treatment (a 5X lower rate than cocaine, MDMA, or LSD). Here is an excerpt from a The Guardian 2017 article about the study:
We cannot guarantee a 100% safe experience and people enter into psychedelic sessions at their own risk. However, with legal psilocybin in the Netherlands and a guided experience, the variables that generally cause people to have negative experiences are drastically mitigated. Through preparation and a therapeutic environment, you reduce the already small chance that you will have an unsafe experience.
How do you think about psychedelics having their roots in indigenous cultures?
As a white psychedelic practitioner, this is a question I think about a lot.
Indigenous societies have used magic mushrooms dating back thousands of years. Westerners didn't come online to their use until the 1950s upon visiting a ritual ceremony in Mexico. Inextricably linked to the current practice of psychedelic use is Western colonization, the violent economic pillaging of Central and South America, "spiritual tourism," the racist war on drugs, and widespread ongoing state violence against indigenous people.
White psychedelic users revel in exploring the edges of consciousness, the cosmos, and the deepest crevices of our own psyches. It is only fitting then, that a group of people dedicated to such deep exploration would also examine our whiteness, the impact we have on communities of color, and our role in bringing about racial justice.
I look forward to collaborating with psychedelic practitioners of color on increasing psychedelic accessibility with a lens toward the pressing need for decolonization and an end to white supremacy - if this is you, please reach out, I'd love to connect. For clients of color, I prioritize holding space for a guided psilocybin experience to support any decolonization work you are working on.
What type of clients do you work with?
We work both with people who are brand new to psychedelics and seasoned psychedelic users. Our clients are from all over the world but because of legal constraints, we only provide services in the Netherlands.
We work with clients who are:
Excited for deep growth opportunities
Curious and eager to learn
We do not work with clients who:
Are under the age of 18
Are currently in mental or emotional crisis*
*This is not because we do not believe that psychedelics can play an important role for people with these specific health challenges - it is because we lack the training and specialization needed to support you in a psychedelic experience. More research is needed in how specific populations of neurodivergent people react to different types and doses of psychedelics. We hope to learn from cutting edge research and expand my offerings to reach a broader range of people in the future.
Because we have extensive personal and professional experience with mental health challenges, we do work with clients seeking psychedelic sessions to address anxiety and/or depression. These sessions work best alongside talk therapy and other mental health practices.