We encourage our clients to ask any and all questions they have so that you feel as relaxed as possible going into the experience. Below are some answers you may find helpful.
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:
“Magic mushrooms are one of the safest drugs in the world,” said Adam Winstock, a consultant addiction psychiatrist and founder of the Global Drug Survey, pointing out that the bigger risk was people picking and eating the wrong mushrooms.
“Death from toxicity is almost unheard of with poisoning with more dangerous fungi being a much greater risk in terms of serious harms.” [...]
Magic mushrooms aren’t completely harmless, notes Winstock. “Combined use with alcohol and use within risky or unfamiliar settings increase the risks of harm most commonly accidental injury, panic and short lived confusion, disorientation and fears of losing one’s mind.”
In some cases people can experience panic attacks and flashbacks, he added, so his advice for people thinking about taking them is to plan “your trip carefully with trusted company in a safe place and always know what mushrooms you are using”.
Even bad trips can have positive outcomes, according to a separate piece of research carried out by Roland Griffiths and Robert Jesse at Johns Hopkins Medicine.
In their 2016 paper they surveyed almost 2,000 individuals about their single most psychologically difficult or challenging experience with magic mushrooms. Of that group, 2.7% received medical help and 7.6% sought treatment for enduring psychological symptoms. Nevertheless 84% of those surveyed said they benefitted from the experience.
"Study finds mushrooms are the safest recreational drug" - Guardian 2017
We can't guarantee a 100% safe experience and people enter into this experience 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?
Note from our Founder, Amanda Gelender:
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 love 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 would like to do.
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 our team currently lacks 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 continue to learn from cutting edge research and expand our team to reach a broader range of people.
Because our team has 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.
Where does the experience take place?
Most experiences take place in a studio in Amsterdam. The space gets lots of natural sunlight and overlooks a canal and a small park. There is a private balcony, many plants, and a library of books and creative supplies.
For clients who would like to have their experience outside of our studio, we can discuss your preference during our first chat.
Is the experience location accessible?
The studio is not wheelchair accessible. There are 6 steps to get from the street to the front door and there is an elevator to take you up to the studio. The bathroom is narrow and could not fit a wheelchair. Accessing the balcony requires one step up. We are happy to send along measurements of the space upon request. In the future we plan to have a fully accessible location.
The studio is easily accessible by public transportation, right at a tram stop.
The space is not scent-free. However, if there are particular scents you would like us to avoid using during the experience (ex: lavender), please let me know and I am happy to accommodate.
Do you facilitate group experiences?
Yes, we work with groups - Please reach out and describe the type of experience you are looking for.