How to use this guide

This guide intends to provide guidelines for maximizing the probability of having a safe, positive magic truffles experience.

However, the type, freshness, age, and dosage of the psilocybin truffles you choose, along with various cultural, environmental, and psychological factors all affect your experience.

In general, psilocybin allows suppressed and repressed emotions to rise to the surface. Some of these feelings may be unpleasant to feel. Hence, the ideal state of mind entering a psychedelic journey is one of surrender and trust in the process of healing, regardless of any unpleasant feelings that may arise during the journey.

Therefore we recommend you to consider the following steps when going on a psychedelic journey:

Setting intentions

Setting intentions before every journey is very important. Intentions can range from the simple like: “fun,” “love,” and “laughter,” to the deep like: “understanding the purpose of life,” “realizing God,” or “being one with Ultimate Reality.¨

Intentions can also come in the form of questions.

The psilocybin truffles can be seen as guides that may shed light on different situations and perspectives in your life.

Intentions are like a polite request to the substance. However, one can only expect the unexpected. Psilocybin will give a person the trip she needs rather than the one she wants, which should be kept in mind when setting intentions. In some cases, the truffles know better what a person needs than the person herself. The more expectations we have, the more likely we will be disappointed.

It may help to write down, meditate on, and review intentions before a journey.

You may want to share your intentions with your companion or tripsitter so they may remind you of them if necessary.

Plan your trip

Set a date

Planning a journey in advance can give the mind and body time to settle itself. Some people plan days, weeks, or a month or more in advance.

For most people it can be difficult to sleep while under the influence of psilocybin, so depending on dosage, estimate 5-6 hours for the journey, and assume you will not be able to sleep during that time.

For moderate to heavy doses, it may be ideal to give yourself a day to recover and integrate.  

Determine dosage

Dosage is an individual’s choice. It may be wise to read trip reports of or to better understand common dosages and what to expect with different dosages. If you have a tripsitter, be sure to let them know what dosage you’re taking.

Consider tripsitters, guides, companions

It’s best not to be around strangers during your journey, but having someone trustworthy with you can add comfort and safety to your experience.

If that person is sober, they are a “sitter” or a “guide.”

If you have a companion who will be tripping with you, be aware you will each be on your own journey, and may not be able to support each other fully.

You may want to separate and come back together more than once during your journey. You may have totally different experiences.

Accept discomfort

It’s common for journeyers to feel different types of discomfort when coming up. Nausea and stomachache are probably the most common. Some people may vomit, but if your relax, ground, center, and surrender, your discomforts will most likely disappear.

Sometimes people may experience hunger, jitteriness, or shivering. Always remind yourself that the journey will end. The less you focus on the discomfort, the less it will affect your journey.

Accept not-knowing

Wisdom comes from realising one does not know much, if anything at all. Holding onto ideas, philosophies, ideologies, can only lead to resistance and psychological suffering during the journey. The best thing is to relax and let go. The more we surrender, the more the medicine can show us.

Acknowledge and embrace fears

People naturally fear the unknown. Paul Stamets says, “the fear of the loss of self-control is the central issue amongst all users as their dosage increases. those who are willing to let go, and who do not fear their inner self, seem better prepared to tolerate higher doses. They flow with, not against, the tide of the experience.” Smooth journeys require a release or surrender to the experience, accepting whatever might come from it.

No matter how weird, uncomfortable, scary the journey gets, you are safe and the journey will end.

Prepare your body

In the days leading up to your journey it is important to prepare your body.

Eat things that nourish and won’t upset your body. Avoid alcohol. Eat more organic vegetables and minimize processed food. Consider fasting for 5-8 hours beforehand.

Don’t journey when you are sick. Drink lots of water, make sure you are well-hydrated.

Avoid journeying when you are sleep deprived.

Showering before your journey may put you in a fresh mindset.

If you are using any other kinds of drugs (prescription or otherwise), be sure to research any potential contraindications for combining them with truffles.

Prepare your setting

“Setting” is the physical and social environment in which you experience your journey.

First, decide if you want to be inside or outside. A familiar indoor space often allows for greater introspection; when outdoors, one is often overwhelmed by the beauty and intricacies of nature.

Journey where you feel open, free, comfortable, protected, and empowered. It’s not uncommon to want to take your clothes off, but be sure to have sufficient clothes or blankets to stay warm if you’re not in a warm indoor space. Be sure you have somewhere comfortable to lay down and relax and easy access to a bathroom or an acceptable outdoor area to relieve yourself.

Minimize clutter, things that you might trip over, things that might give you bad feelings (pile of dirty dishes). The cleaner your space is, the better, because you might be inclined to put your face on the floor, for example. Soft pillows and blankets can be nice. Avoid strangers. Don’t get lost. If you want an introspective journey, insulate yourself from outside sights and sounds like pets or phones.

Social support networks have shown to be particularly important in the outcome of the psychedelic experience. They are able to control or guide the course of the experience, both consciously and subconsciously. Stress, fear, or a disagreeable environment, may result in an unpleasant experience. Conversely, a relaxed, curious person in a warm, comfortable and safe place is more likely to have a pleasant experience.

If you want the best chances for a pleasant, healing, mind-expanding journey, take care to prepare mentally, physically, emotionally, as well as prepare your physical surroundings.


Have at least 8 hours of music available for your journey, as well as headphones, or speakers. Select music that you find comforting, calming, intriguing.

You may want to explore buddhist or sikh chants/mantras, tibetan singing bowls, gregorian chants, ragas, indigenous drum recordings, classical music, solo piano, flute, or with one or two other instruments. Avoid rap music.


You may want to have art supplies and writing material ready in case you are inspired during or after the journey.


  • Test substance & verify dosage
  • Clean & declutter space
  • Take shower
  • Ready blankets and pillows
  • Create comfortable lounging areas
  • Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes
  • Pack clean underwear, socks, extra layers (if you are leaving home)
  • Eat small healthy meal/snack or fast
  • Hydrate and have plenty of water available
  • Stretch/do yoga
  • Review/meditate on/write down intentions
  • Ready paper, art/writing supplies
  • Turn phone on silent
  • Turn on music, if desired
  • Prepare ginger tea or ginger/peppermint snack available to ease nausea on the come-up
  • Have bucket close by


Explore. Relax. Surrender to what is. Laugh. Cry. Sigh. Scream. Let go.

Come down

Coming down can feel intense. Calming tea can help. Eating fresh fruit, nuts, or warm soup can be grounding. Having somebody to speak to about your experience and insights can release tension and help you feel connected. Going for a walk can be helpful. Writing about your journey or drawing can be therapeutic. Melatonin can help with sleep.

There you have it -- the more closely you follow this guide, the more likely you are to experience psilocybin truffles in a positive way. If you want to learn more about professionally-guided psychedelic journeys, feel free to explore truffles therapy retreats here or search for tripsitters in Amsterdam.  

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