Psilocybin session and depression


Psilocybin session and depression (bron: Triptherapie)


The weather and depression The seasons can influence our mood and associated hormones and neurotransmitters cause, for example, the winter blues. For example, in winter […]

The weather and depression

The seasons can influence our mood and associated hormones and neurotransmitters cause, for example, the winter blues. For example, in winter many people experience a dip in their mood, which is also known as winter depression or seasonal depression. This can be caused by a lack of sunlight, which reduces the body’s own “happiness hormone” serotonin. In spring and summer, many people experience an improvement in their mood. This can be attributed to an increase in sunlight, which stimulates the production of vitamin D and the increase in serotonin due to exposure to daylight. The change of seasons can also affect the production of other hormones and neurotransmitters, such as dopamine, norepinephrine and cortisol, which influence our mood and physical well-being.

A lack of sun in winter

In winter when the days are shorter and there is less sunlight, our body can produce less vitamin D. This is because our skin naturally produces vitamin D when exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D is essential for a healthy immune system because it helps regulate our immune response. A vitamin D deficiency can therefore contribute to a weakened immune system and make us more susceptible to viruses such as colds, corona and flu. It is believed that normal vitamin D levels in the body can contribute to a more effective immune response to viruses. It is therefore important to get enough vitamin D, especially in the winter months when the sun shines less brightly. Supplementing vitamin D through diet or supplementation can help strengthen immunity and reduce susceptibility to viruses.

Preventing winter depression

There is increasing evidence that shows that there is a link between a well-functioning immune system, low inflammation levels and a lower risk of depression. Low-grade inflammation can occur when the immune system becomes overactive and attacks the cells and tissues in the body that it should normally protect. These inflammatory reactions are accompanied by an increased production of cytokines, substances that cause inflammatory reactions. Research shows that this inflammation can lead to changes in the brain that can contribute to the development of depression.

A well-functioning immune system and low inflammation levels can therefore protect against the development of depression. It is important, especially in winter, to maintain a healthy lifestyle to maintain the immune system. In addition to taking vitamin D, there are other things that can help such as regular exercise, a healthy diet, enough sleep, supplements and stress reduction.

Food for the winter

In winter it is important to support the immune system with the right nutrition. Edible mushrooms, such as Shiitake, are very effective because they support the immune system and at the same time spare the lungs, which is useful in cases of COVID-19, for example. Quercetin is a plant substance that also supports the immune system and is found in capers, onions, apples and leafy vegetables. Turmeric is also a powerful remedy. It has anti-inflammatory effects and is often added to dishes for extra flavor and health benefits. In addition, zinc and selenium are important minerals for the immune system. Zinc stimulates the production of white blood cells and is found in meat, shellfish, seeds and nuts. Selenium also strengthens the immune system and is found in fish, whole grains and Brazil nuts, among others. All in all, it is important to eat a healthy and varied diet, with sufficient vitamins and minerals to keep our immune system strong and healthy.

For more tips, we recommend reading our previous article on the anti-depression diet and our list of foods with a high ORAC value (anti-inflammatory function of food).

Anti-depression diet | ORAC values nutrition

Edible mushrooms

Eating edible mushrooms in winter brings many benefits. It is good to vary with various edible mushrooms as each species contains its own unique substances and supports the immune system in a different way. Below we have highlighted a number of special medicinal mushrooms (pun intended).

Kind Operation
Reishi Anti-inflammatory so better immune system, less depression
Lion’s Mane More Nerve Grow Factor against Alzheimer’s and MS (neurodegeneration)
Turkey tail Better immune system, especially against cancer
Shiitake Activates immune system against viruses via AHCC
Chaga Better immune system
He Shou Wu Protection against DNA aging via Superoxide Dismutase
Psilocybe Hallucinations and BDNF for insights and connections in the brain

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Support with supplements

In addition to the fact that nutrition is the basis for a good immune system, the supplements below can support the immune system during the winter. Below we list a number that work well during the winter and via the buttons below you can find more information about the relevant supplements and how they work.

  • Vitamin D
  • Multivitamin with vitamins B, C, E and minerals such as zinc and selenium
  • Saffron (Anti-inflammatory and neurotransmitter modulator)
  • Krill or algae oil (because of DHA and EPA)
  • 5-HTP or tryptophan

Vitamin D

Saffron

Krill oil

Supplements and depression

Does psilocybin work against winter depression?

Psilocybin can work against depression in several ways. Psilocybin has a physical (biochemical) effect on the brain and it provides a subjective experience. Both can contribute to reducing the winter blues or winter depression.

Anti-inflammatory

Recent studies have shown that psilocybin has an anti-inflammatory effect in the body. Assuming that depression can be an inflammatory response of the body, the anti-inflammatory effect of psilocybin can help to reduce inflammation levels and thus be effective in treating winter depression.

Psilocybin anti-inflammatory

BDNF

In addition to the anti-inflammatory effects of psilocybin, psilocybin can promote the growth of new nerve cells in the brain and thus also reduce depressive symptoms. This has to do with the activity of BDNF, a substance released when using psilocybin. BDNF can cause the dendritic processes to grow.

BDNF

Loneliness

Furthermore, a trip on psilocybin can dispel loneliness by allowing people to experience the unity of the universe. The absence of loneliness has a positive effect on the immune system and thus indirectly on depression. A spiritual journey or insights can also help in dealing with stressors that would otherwise lead to depression.

Subjective experience

Psilocybin structure

Information about psilocybin

As soon as 2024 starts we will have already helped approximately 2000 people with psilocybin sessions. Before the hype surrounding psychedelics started, we wanted to bridge the gap between therapy with psychedelics and a healthy lifestyle. We also want to combine psychedelic therapy with physical health in 2024 and we are happy to help you with this. In order to use our services, we ask you to complete the intake so that we can see whether psilocybin or other psychedelics can be used. If we find contraindications in the intake, we will let you know. If there are no objections, we can schedule a session and provide advice in preparation for your session.

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Availability of Trip Therapy

Before anyone goes for a psychedelic session it is highly recommended to understand what this means. To learn more about psilocybin, how psilocybin therapy works, what our availability is for private or group sessions, please use the buttons below.

Psilocybin

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MDMA therapy Amsterdam


MDMA therapy Amsterdam (bron: Triptherapie)


MDMA therapy when psychotherapy alone is not enough For a lot of people with the diagnosis PTSD or one of the anxiety disorders, talktherapy or […]

MDMA therapy when psychotherapy alone is not enough

For a lot of people with the diagnosis PTSD or one of the anxiety disorders, talktherapy or cognitive behavioral therapy is not enough to reduce the symptoms. This group of unlucky people are now able to make use of MDMA therapy in The Netherlands, for example in Amsterdam. In this article we’ll explain why MDMA therapy works better than regular therapy in case of PTSD, anxiety disorders, OCD and addiction.

How MDMA therapy works

MDMA therapy is not merely about the administration of a drug. It’s a combination of the preparation, the drug and talk-therapy and the integration. This altogether create a unique therapeutic experience. During the MDMA session this are the effects of MDMA:

  1. Enhanced Emotional Engagement: MDMA increases the release of hormones and neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin, that play key roles in trust, bonding, and well-being. This can help patients feel safe and comfortable during MDMA sessions, allowing them to engage more deeply with their emotions.
  2. Reduced Fear Response: MDMA decreases activity in the amygdala, the part of the brain that processes fear. This can help patients revisit traumatic memories without being overwhelmed by fear or anxiety. The reduced anxiety levels allows the clients to talk more openly about the difficult parts of life, giving their selves the chance to process it better.
  3. Improved Insight and Perspective: By inducing a state of heightened introspection and empathy, MDMA can help patients gain new insights into their experiences and patterns of thought.

The latest scientific research on MDMA therapy

The latest research on MDMA therapy for PTSD has been promising. The largest clinical trial to date found that the MDMA treatment was safe and effective in a diverse group of participants. The study involved 104 people diagnosed with moderate to severe PTSD. After three therapy sessions spaced a month apart, 71.2% of the participants who received MDMA no longer met the diagnostic criteria for PTSD, compared with 47.6% of the placebo group. This makes MDMA therapy on average 50% more effective as regular psychotherapy.

Do you want MDMA therapy in Amsterdam?

We’re offering legal MDMA, LSD and psilocybin sessions throughout the Netherlands and Amsterdam is a part of our service area. For people from abroad we even come to hotels, Airbnb and other rental houses. Since we work with legal psychedelics, you don’t have to source it yourself. Do you want to make use of our services? The first step is to fill in the intake to screen you for contra-indications. We do this for safety reasons. MDMA is pretty safe, except some medication or illness can be a dangerous combination. Make use of the links below to proceed.

Intake | MDMA therapy information | MDMA group session | Prices

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Psychedelic sessions overview


Psychedelic sessions overview (bron: Triptherapie)


Psychedelic session as therapy LSD (Lysergic acid diethylamide), psilocybin, and MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine) are psychedelics that can be used for therapeutic purposes. Although they have unique […]

Psychedelic session as therapy

LSD (Lysergic acid diethylamide), psilocybin, and MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine) are psychedelics that can be used for therapeutic purposes. Although they have unique pharmacological properties, they all produce profound changes in consciousness and can enhance emotional processing.

LSD and psilocybin are both classified as classical psychedelics and work by stimulating serotonin receptors in the brain. They are known to produce mystical-type experiences and can enhance introspection, creativity, and empathy. Research has found that LSD and psilocybin can be used to treat anxiety, depression, addiction, and end-of-life distress. LSD was first used in psychotherapeutic settings in the 1950s and 1960s, while psilocybin received more attention in the 2000s with the revival of psychedelic research. One key difference between LSD and psilocybin is the length of their effects – LSD lasts for 8-12 hours, while psilocybin effects typically last for around 6 hours.

MDMA, on the other hand, is classified as an empathogen and works primarily by increasing the release of the neurotransmitter serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. It is well-known for its ability to enhance social connection, reduce fear, and increase empathy. MDMA-assisted psychotherapy has shown promise in treating PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and was designated by the FDA as a “breakthrough therapy” in 2017. Unlike LSD and psilocybin, the effects of MDMA are not as long-lasting, with effects lasting for around 3-5 hours.

All three of these substances have been shown to be effective in treating mental illnesses, especially when used in conjunction with therapy. The experience produced when taking these substances can vary, but the common theme is a heightened emotional state. This enhanced emotional state can be both positive and negative, depending on the individual’s current situation, the setting, and the therapist’s skill. During therapy sessions, clinicians use these substances to facilitate deep introspection and emotional processing, allowing individuals to access repressed feelings and memories and to gain new insight into their lives.

Research on the efficacy of these substances is ongoing, with many promising results. A study conducted at Johns Hopkins University found that psilocybin-assisted therapy could help cancer patients reduce depression and anxiety. A separate study conducted at Imperial College London found that psilocybin therapy could help individuals with long-standing depression. A study conducted in Canada found that LSD-assisted therapy could reduce anxiety and enhance mood in patients with anxiety disorders. Similarly, research has found that MDMA-assisted psychotherapy can help veterans with combat-related PTSD.

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All information of psychedelic therapy

You can find all the information of the different psychedelics on our website by using the table with terms down below.

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Mushroom therapy


Mushroom therapy (bron: Triptherapie)


What is mushroom therapy? When people talk about Mushroom therapy they are referring to psychedelic therapy using magic mushrooms. Magic mushrooms contain the active substances […]

What is mushroom therapy?

When people talk about Mushroom therapy they are referring to psychedelic therapy using magic mushrooms. Magic mushrooms contain the active substances psilocybin/psilocin and are used for tripping and during the trip one can work on problems, fears and insecurities that are present the subconscious. It’s the psilocybin that has been converted to psilocin that has the most effect on the temporary effects of magic mushrooms, but still we call it psilocybin therapy.

Legal mushroom therapy in the Netherlands

In the Netherlands, the use of psilocybin-containing mushrooms is illegal under the Opium law. However, the use of psilocybin-containing truffles, also known as magic truffles or sclerotia, is tolerated under specific conditions. This distinction arises due to the legal framework and interpretation of the law.

Psilocybin mushrooms and psilocybin truffles are different parts of the same organism. Psilocybin mushrooms typically refer to the fruiting bodies, or the “mushrooms” themselves, which contain psilocybin. Psilocybin truffles, on the other hand, are formed underground as compact masses (sclerotia) that contain psilocybin. This happens when circumstances are bad to grow the mushroom above the ground

The legal situation surrounding psilocybin in the Netherlands is complex. While psilocybin mushrooms are classified as illegal, psilocybin truffles aren’t mentioned on the list of illegal drugs. This has resulted in a unique legal landscape where the sale and consumption of psilocybin truffles are legal and we can work with the psilocybin truffles. Psilocybin truffles generally have lower concentrations of psilocybin compared to the magic mushrooms. To compensate the difference in concentration we use more grams of magic truffles.

What can truffle therapy do?

Several scientific studies support our vision based on experience. Our trip therapy can be used for, among other things:

  • Improve low self-esteem
  • Anxiety Control
  • Depression treatment
  • Combating Burnout
  • Mild addictions remedy

Psilocybin is very similar to the body’s own serotonin. Serotonin provides the opposite of depression. That is, namely, contentment. With increased stimulation of the serotonin receptor, the brain goes into a state of hyperconnectivity. This also happens to a lesser extent when you start dreaming. During the state of hyperconnectivity, various parts of the brain can communicate (better) with each other. Problems in the subconscious can become visible and it can get a place.

psylocybin brain connections -What exactly is paddotherapy?
On the left a schematic representation of the connections in the brain without psilocybin and on the right with psilocybin

Here is more information on how psilocybin works.

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The best 5 goals for a psilocybin ceremony


The best 5 goals for a psilocybin ceremony (bron: Triptherapie)


A psilocybin ceremony is a special experience where you make a psychedelic journey with the help of magic truffles under the guidance of an experienced […]

A psilocybin ceremony is a special experience where you make a psychedelic journey with the help of magic truffles under the guidance of an experienced tripsitter. Magic truffles are natural products that contain psilocybin, a substance that can change your consciousness and bring you in contact with yourself, nature and the universe.

A psilocybin ceremony can have different goals, depending on your personal situation, wishes and intentions. Some people do a truffle ceremony to relax, have fun, stimulate their creativity or sharpen their senses. Others do a truffle ceremony to grow, heal, learn or transform. In this article, we will discuss the best 5 goals for a truffle ceremony and how they can help you achieve a better and happier life.

1. To know and accept yourself better

One of the best goals for a truffle ceremony is to know and accept yourself better. A truffle ceremony can give you insight into who you are, what you want, what you feel and what you need. You can discover your strengths and weaknesses, recognize your qualities and talents, face your shadows and blocks, express your wishes and dreams and experience your true essence. You can also learn to love yourself, to forgive yourself, to respect yourself and to trust yourself.

Knowing and accepting yourself better can help you improve your self-esteem, your self-confidence, your self-expression and your self-actualization. It can also help you make better choices, set healthy boundaries, pursue your passions and fulfill your potential.

Psychedelic research has shown that psilocybin can increase self-compassion, self-transcendence and openness to new experiences. It can also decrease self-criticism, self-consciousness and ego-inflation. Psilocybin can help you access your subconscious mind, where you can find hidden aspects of yourself that may need healing or integration.

2. To process and release your emotional blocks and traumas

Another great goal for a truffle ceremony is to process and release your emotional blocks and traumas. A truffle ceremony can help you get in touch with your emotions, both positive and negative. You can express, understand, accept and transform your emotions. You can also release old pain, grief, fear, anger, shame or guilt that you may have been carrying for a long time. You can also heal traumas that may have left their marks on your body, mind or soul.

Processing and releasing your emotional blocks and traumas can help you improve your mental health, your emotional balance, your physical well-being and your spiritual growth. It can also help you free yourself from negative patterns, beliefs or behaviors that may limit or harm you. It can also help you create more space for positive emotions, such as joy, gratitude, peace and love.

Psychedelic research has shown that psilocybin can enhance emotional processing, memory reconsolidation and neuroplasticity. It can also reduce amygdala activity, inflammation and stress hormones. Psilocybin can help you activate your emotional brain regions, where you can revisit and reframe traumatic memories that may cause distress or dysfunction.

3. To overcome your fears, stress, depression or addiction

A third excellent goal for a truffle ceremony is to overcome your fears, stress, depression or addiction. A truffle ceremony can help you find out the causes of your fears, stress, depression or addiction and address them. You can learn to cope differently with your thoughts, feelings and behaviors that may hinder or hurt you. You can also learn to be more relaxed, positive, optimistic and grateful. You can also learn to live more in the here and now, without worries about the past or the future.

Overcoming your fears, stress, depression or addiction can help you improve your quality of life, your happiness level, your productivity and your relationships. It can also help you regain control over your life, reclaim your power, restore your balance and renew your hope.

Psychedelic research has shown that psilocybin can increase serotonin levels, brain connectivity and neurogenesis. It can also decrease rumination, pessimism and anhedonia. Psilocybin can help you deactivate your default mode network (DMN), where you may get stuck in repetitive or negative thoughts that may cause anxiety or depression.

4. To feel more connected with nature, people and life

A fourth wonderful goal for a truffle ceremony is to feel more connected with nature, people and life. A truffle ceremony can help you feel more connected with everything that lives. You can appreciate the beauty, the harmony, the diversity and the intelligence of nature. You can also experience the love, the empathy, the friendship and the support of the people around you. You can also discover the wonder, the mystery, the adventure and the fun of life.

Feeling more connected with nature, people and life can help you improve your social skills, your environmental awareness, your moral values and your existential meaning. It can also help you reduce your loneliness, your alienation, your selfishness and your nihilism.

Psychedelic research has shown that psilocybin can increase nature relatedness, social connectedness, altruism and spirituality. It can also decrease narcissism, materialism, individualism and atheism. Psilocybin can help you activate your mystical brain regions, where you may feel a sense of oneness, awe or bliss with all that is.

5. To explore and develop your spiritual dimension

A fifth amazing goal for a truffle ceremony is to explore and develop your spiritual dimension. A psilocybin ceremony can help you get more in touch with your spiritual side. You can ask questions about the purpose, the meaning or the source of life. You can get answers from your intuition, your higher self or a higher power. You can also have experiences that go beyond the normal boundaries of time, space or reality. You can also reach transcendental states of consciousness, where you may feel a sense of unity, ecstasy or enlightenment.

Exploring and developing your spiritual dimension can help you improve your intuition, your wisdom, your creativity and your inspiration. It can also help you expand your consciousness, your perspective, your potential and your evolution.

Psychedelic research has shown that psilocybin can induce mystical experiences, religious conversions, spiritual emergencies and psychedelic insights. It can also enhance meditation, prayer, yoga and other spiritual practices. Psilocybin can help you access your transcendent brain regions, where you may encounter visions, entities or realms that may challenge or enrich your worldview.

Ready for a psilocybin ceremony?

Please read more about the psilocybin ceremony by reading the page about the magic truffle ceremony. In the Netherlands we can only do legal psilocybin ceremonies when me make use of the psilocybin magic truffles.

Magic truffle ceremony

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Truffle ceremonie


Truffle ceremonie (bron: PSILOCYBINE THERAPIE NEDERLAND)


Truffle ceremony of truffel ceremonie Een truffle ceremonie is een combinatie van Nederlands en Engels voor de woorden truffle ceremony en truffel ceremonie. Het gaat […]

Truffle ceremony of truffel ceremonie

Een truffle ceremonie is een combinatie van Nederlands en Engels voor de woorden truffle ceremony en truffel ceremonie. Het gaat hierbij niet om de eetbare truffels die worden gebruikt om gerechten lekkerder te maken, maar om de psychedelische magische truffels (magic truffles). Leuke weetjes zijn dat magic truffels eigenlijk geen truffels zijn maar sclerotia van de paddo en dat ze helemaal niet zo lekker zijn als de culinaire variant.

De magische truffel

Magic truffels groeien als sclerotia van bepaalde schimmelsoorten, zoals Psilocybe mexicana en Psilocybe tampanensis. Sclerotia zijn compacte massa’s van mycelium, het ondergrondse netwerk van schimmeldraden. Ze dienen als voedings- en opslagstructuren die de schimmel in staat stellen te overleven onder ongunstige omstandigheden, zoals droogte.

In Nederland zijn magic truffels legaal vanwege een combinatie van factoren. In 2008 heeft de Nederlandse overheid een specifieke wijziging in de Opiumwet doorgevoerd die betrekking heeft op psychoactieve paddenstoelen. Deze wijziging verbood de teelt, verwerking en verkoop van paddo’s (paddestoelen) die psilocine en psilocybine bevatten, de belangrijkste psychoactieve stoffen in magic truffels. Echter, de wet vermeldt niet expliciet sclerotia (truffels) als verboden middelen. Dit heeft geleid tot een juridische interpretatie waarbij magic truffels buiten het bereik van de Opiumwet vallen. Daarom zijn ze in Nederland legaal te gebruiken bij therapeutische sessies en truffel ceremonies.

Meedoen aan een truffel ceremonie

De open truffel ceremonies organiseren we maandelijks op onze eigen locaties. Elke truffel ceremonie heeft een eigen thema en we hanteren een maximale groepsgrootte van 8 deelnemers bij de psiloflora en de truffel ceremonies. Voor de MDMA groepssessies kunnen maximaal 6 personen deelnemen. De open ceremonies zijn mooi om nieuwe gelijkgestemden te ontmoeten en om kosten te besparen t.o.v. de individuele sessies. Lees meer over de open ceremonies via de onderstaande link:

Open truffel ceremonie

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