Briefly, I'd like to relate a bit about my recent trip to Amsterdam.
My purposes for going were to enjoy a little R&R, do some coffee house
recon, see some friends from Germany, and to meet our fellow member,
C. All objectives were accomplished.
Coffee Houses: don't miss the Greenhouse, the Bluebird(my fave),
Smokey's,Dutch Flowers and Homegrown Fantasy. Also, take the time to check
out a place C turned me on to: Concious Dreams at 117 Kirkstrasse.
This place doesn't sell cannabis, it sell organic teas, herbs, smart
drinks, and three kinds of psilocybe mushrooms(cubensis, liberty caps, and
cyanescans) as well as live peyote cactus. Mushrooms are 25 guilders per
dose, 1 oz. fresh of cubensis, or about 2.5-3g dried.The other two are
different weights, but all run the same price for one reasonable dose. The
peyote run 35 guilders per plant, making for a stiff priced trip, as 4-5
minumum would be required.$1=1.5 guilders.
C: I know I did not realize the scope of this man's endeavors.When he
orriginally told me he was growing mushrooms, three kinds, for sale around
Holland, I figured he had something like a big closet, or single room type
growing situation. I didn't understand. He is growing and selling
mushrooms, legal in Holland!, to these herb/smart drink shops, as well as,
I gather, other stores across Holland. He grows a truly amazing amount of
shrooms, all of high quality. He offered me a dose of my choice, e-mail,
before I left, and I wisely opted for p. cyanescans, the only one of the
three types I had never tried.
We met, several times, over the course of my visit.
As a stranger, alone in a strange land, I choice not to eat the large 1 g +
dose he so kindly gave me. No guide. Wrong Language. Inadequate support
I figured it was not the time or place for that. Plus, I'm on Paxil, and
best to detox from ssri before going for a big one. Never the less, I was
keen to see how cyanescans was, as it is considered the most potent
psilocybe mushroom. So I took a mid low dose, maybe .3-.4g one evening
before going to see Little Feat at the Paradiso, an old Lutheran church
converted into one of the most venerable rock clubs. The mushrooms, the
time, the place, they came together in a magic mix. Little Feat hadn't
played Amsterdam in 19 years, and they were jazzed. The floors were
warping, the lights assumed new proportions, dripping and spilling onto the
stage, and the music swept me away.
All in all, I was impressed. The man knows his mushrooms. Cyanescans was
all it was reported to be. If you are heading to Amsterdam, drop C a
note. He is a very busy guy, his shrooms take up almost all of his time in
a job well done.If he can, I'm sure he'll try to say hi! If he can't, the
rest assured that he can direct you to a very fine time.
Of special note, C says he dries his shrooms under a much lower heat than
many use, forcing warm(40C) dry air through large containers of shrooms,
overnight. He says just a few degrees more seems to affect the alkaloid
content, judging by effects, making the shrooms weaker. He feels that at
this temp, the psilocyn is not degraded. Judging by his results, and
knowing the research he has put in, I can only assume he is correct.
Thanks again C, for a great time. And, everyone else, head for Amsterdam at
your earliest convenience. Breath in the freshn air of freedom, along with
a long sweet toke of the finest kind. Say Hi to C. See the Van Gogh
museum several times. (Next time, I'm tripping for that) Thank God there is
a real place in this world for me.