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By mr. Kaj Hollemans, KH Legal Advice (@KHLA2014).

Hallucinogens are hot. More and more people are busy with microdosing: taking small amounts of psychedelics. Inspired by websites like The Third Wave and stories from Silicon valley Every few days, they take a small dose (a few micrograms) of hallucinogens, such as LSD, psilocybin, mescaline, or dimethyltryptamine (DMT). In their own words, this gives them more creativity, more inspiration, more focus and more energy. Drugs as doping for the brain.


Hallucinogens have traditionally been used primarily for (religious) rituals. For many peoples in Central and South America, the resulting trance is even the primal form of them religious experience† The Maya, Aztecs and Inca used natural hallucinogens from roots, buds, seeds and mushrooms to contact ancestors, spirits or gods. In Mexico magic mushrooms (psilocybin) and peyote (mescaline) played an important role, the drink ayahuasca (DMT) was central to the Amazon region and on the other side of the world shamans in Siberia fell into a trance by eating the amanita muscaria (fly agaric). ). The Vikings are known to use magic mushrooms (psilocybin) before landing anywhere. In their intoxication they were stronger and fiercer than usual.


In recent years there has also been more attention for psychedelics in medical science. LSD, psilocybin and other hallucinogens affect perception, emotions and consciousness and there are indications that these agents new connections promote in the brain. It sounds in more and more scientific publications plea to take psychedelics seriously in medical and therapeutic practice. Recently UMC Groningen and UMC Utrecht started with a experiment in which depressed patients are treated with psilocybin, the active substance in magic mushrooms and sclerotia (truffles). These patients undergo controlled treatment with the desired end result of breaking through negative thoughts and reducing their gloomy mood.

Under the right circumstances, in the right environment and with expert guidance, psychedelics can have a beneficial effect. It will therefore not surprise me if psilocybin, just like cannabis, will be widely used for medicinal use in a few years' time.

Legal status

Even though they are hot, the substances LSD, psilocybin, mescaline and DMT are all on list I of the Opium Act. They are considered hard drugs by the legislature; resources with an unacceptable risk. Possession, trade, production, import and export of these substances is prohibited. Microdosing with these agents therefore entails certain risks.

Fortunately, you can also experiment with microdosing in a simple and legal way in the Netherlands. Unlike magic mushrooms, sclerotia (truffles) do not fall under the Opium Act. Sclerotia (truffles) are completely legal and available at any good smart shop. The difference between the types of truffles is mainly in the strength (the amount of psilocybin it contains) so get yourself well informed before you start. Because if the walls come towards you and the carpet starts to move because you put too many truffles in the yogurt with muesli in the morning, then you miss your mark. In that case, it is good to know that a trip can take between three and six hours.

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