MDMA and psilocybin are both psychoactive
MDMA and psilocybin are both psychoactive substances, but they work in the brain in different ways.
MDMA is also known as ecstasy, Molly or M and acts as a serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine releaser. This means it increases the release of these neurotransmitters in the brain, leading to increased mood, energy and social behavior.
Psilocybin, a psychoactive component of mushrooms, acts as an agonist of the serotonin 5-HT2A receptor. This means that it binds to these receptors and causes changes in brain activity, including changes in perception, mood and cognition. Psilocybin is often considered a psychedelic drug while MDMA is more likely to be considered a party drug.
Psilocybin sessions are currently only legal in the Netherlands if magic truffles are used and they are part of magic mushrooms (magic mushrooms). These sessions are therefore called truffle sessions or truffle therapy. They are all different names with the same meaning. Psilocybin is the substance that after conversion to psilocin provides the effects of this psychedelic. Psilocybin is particularly used for depression, addictions and social anxiety. Psilocybin is the all-rounder because psilocybin can also be used for trauma and PTSD provided the preparation is in order. More and more people are choosing psilocybin to experience creativity and spirituality. Another advantage is that during psilocybin sessions there are multiple doses of microdose, medium, high and heroic where visual hallucinations and other effects range from almost none to very much.
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MDMA therapy is mainly used for PTSD and trauma. MDMA is an illegal substance in the Netherlands and therefore in the Netherlands we can only offer MDMA sessions with a substance similar to 95%.
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With psilocybin you hallucinate and with MDMA you don't
One benefit of psilocybin is the hallucinations. Like dreams, there can be a story in the images seen. Some images result in insights. For individuals with severe traumatization, the hallucinations can be a disadvantage. Then MDMA often seems a better option because no obvious hallucinations result.
Psilocybin trips go beyond rational thinking
Whereas with MDMA you're more likely to be able to engage in conversation while feeling good, including talking about your trauma, with psilocybin you can't talk well during the peak of the session. During the peak of the psilocybin session you go beyond thinking and end up in an experience that you probably cannot put into words. Psilocybin sessions seem to be particularly suitable if talking does not help you get any further, while MDMA sessions are more suitable if you cannot talk about your trauma in a sober state and still want to use talk therapy to move towards processing it.
What suits you best?
In order to have a session at trip therapy, we must screen for health and safety. We do this through the intake. Furthermore, we will also advise which drug and dosage seems best. Also, the intake will form the basis for advice during the preparation for the psychedelic session. You can find the intake through the link below: