PROCARE MUSHROOM FARM OF HAZERSWOUDE DORP, NEDERLAND
During the spring of 2008, I, along with my colleague, biologist Rich Gee, co-author with Jule Stevens of, How to Identify and Grow Psilocybin Mushrooms embarked on a second journey to Amsterdam to visit the 2nd largest legal magic mushroom farm in the Nederlands. Although Fresh Mushrooms of Tiel still has their website up, this spring the owners informed me they would be closing due to the possible impending legislature which might be enacted, thus possibly making the sales and possession of magic mushrooms illegal in the Nederlands.
According to news reports from the Dutch press, Procare Mushroom Farm of Hazersdorp provides a majority of mushrooms throughout the country, as well as providing three simple mushroom grow kits which are sold throughout the Nederlands and the European continent. These same kits are also popular hobbies for the citizens ofthe UK, as well as Scandinavia and other far away of the world where magic mushrooms are not so available to those who seek them.
Hazerzwoude Dorp is a tiny quaint countryside village township about 40 minutes by train from Amsterdam. Upon arrival, we were met at the train station in Hazerwoude Dorp by Murat Knuctsen, owner, along with his brother Ari of the Procare mushroom Farm. It was about a twenty minute ride through a serene Panoramic landscape of beautiful pasture lands and small quaint country side farm houses. On the short journey to their farm, we saw some sheep, a few horses and some geese. It appeared their were also cattle but they were not visable during the brief ride.
Procare zag in 1987 het levenslicht toen het werd opgericht door A.N. Küçüksen als eenmanszaak. De activiteiten van Procare bestonden in die tijd uit het opzetten van champignonteelt projecten in het buitenland. De kwekerij werd opgezet en gebouwd en het lokale personeel werd getraind om de teelt tot een succesvol einde te brengen. Procare heeft in de loop der tijd geparticipeerd in talloze projecten in België, Polen, Turkije, Roemenië, China en Mexico. In 1993 startte Procare met de teelt van hallucinogene paddestoelen In de eerste instantie werd er gekweekt op kwekerijen van derden.
Toen in 1997 een inval werd gedaan bij een kwekerij in Velddriel, waarbij een onderdeel van de aanklacht werd geformuleerd als: “3.9 Blijkens de hiervoor gebezigde bewijsmiddelen zijn de betreffende paddestoelen gekweekt, uit het kweekbed verwijderd en op matten en/of netten uitgespreid in een ruimte waarin door middel van klimaatbeheersing de temperatuur kunstmatig hoog werd gehouden en de vochtige lucht door middel van een ventilator werd afgevoerd. Aldus is er sprake geweest van bewust gecreëerde condities om het droogproces te bevorderen. Dit droogproces strekte ter conservering van de paddestoel, zulks met het oog op de consumptie van de psychotrope stoffen in die paddestoel.”
Voor Procare was dit het startschot om zich te gaan richten op de versmarkt; de enige mogelijkheid om de Magisch Paddestoelen legaal te blijven verkopen. Procare investeerde al haar verdiende geld in het bouwen van een eigen kwekerij, eerst 4 teelt celletjes van elk 25 m teeltoppervlak, opgetrokken uit houtskeletbouw en plasticfolie met een summier klimaat systeem. De toenmalige capaciteit was ± 2000 kilo per jaar (Alleen Cubensis).
In april 1998 heeft Procare haar eerste cel gevuld op de huidige locatie te Alphen aan den Rijn, een moderne kwekerij met inmiddels 14 teelt cellen (10 x 40 m2 voor Cubensis en 4 x 15 m2 voor Copelandia) de huidige kwekerij heeft een capaciteit van 6 ton verse paddestoelen per jaar.
Omdat de vraag naar verse paddestoelen stijgt, heeft Procare besloten om weer
een nieuwe kwekerij te bouwen. Op een schitterende locatie in het Groene Hart
van de Randstad, zeer centraal t.o.v. de grote steden, word momenteel de hand
gelegd aan de bouw van een hypermoderne kwekerij met 16 teelt cellen van 60
m2 elk. De capaciteit bij volledige bezetting is dan tussen de 15.000 en 18.000
kilo verse paddestoelen per jaar. Het laboratorium voor de kwaliteitscontrole,
onderzoek en de broedproductie worden in een separaat gebouw op het zelfde perceel
gehuisvest. Naar verwachting zal er in april 2003 voor het eerst worden geplukt
op deze nieuwe locatie in Hazerswoude-dorp
The strenght of the mushroom depends on the type and dose. All types of mushrooms grown by Procare are differrent from each other.That means they are differrent in amounts of halucinating substances and every mushroom gives their own kind of trip. Smartshops who are not customer of Procare are not certain which kind of mushroom they sell. It has happend that smartshops got their mushrooms at four different wholesaler’s and all mushrooms we labeled differently. But all those mushrooms where grown at one and the same mushroomfarm and where all the same kind.
2. When do they kick in?
The psilocyne (the halucinating substance which the body takes on first) needs about 15 to 45 minutes to be absorbed by the body through your intestinal canal before it enters your bloodstream. Exact times are depending on facts as bodyweight or empty stomach.
3. How do they work?
The substances Psilocyne and Psilocybine are responsible for the effects you get from mushrooms. These substances are the numbers one and two on the list of forbidden substances of the opiumlaw. In spite of the fact use of fresh mushrooms is not really dangerous the substances are listed because of the leathal dose of 250 milligrams. When the body absorbs Psilocybine, in small amounts market the proportions between Dopamine and Serotonine in the brain are disturbed, causing misscommunication between senses and brain. This is not dangerous because the brain produces Serotonine rapidly to compensate the proportions. Because the reproduction of Serotonine last for a while it is of no use to take more mushrooms next day. The increased portion of Serotonine neutralizes the effects of Psilocyne because the neurotransmitters are balanced again. Because of this physical addiction is not in order. After about 10 days it is possible to notice the effects of mushrooms again.
4. How long does it last?
Depending on the type of mushroom and the dose the halucinating substanes can produce the noticable effect for about 2 to 7 hours. Procare grows, packs and distributes five differrent mushrooms. Each of them has their own characteristics and propotions of halucinating substances. A type with a high psilocyne portion and a low psilocybine portion will hit faster but last shorter. Ask your retailer what type of mushroom is best for you.
5. Will I get a hangover?
As far as we know, hangovers are not known after use of mushrooms. However, after taking mushrooms AND alcohol (we strongly advise against this) it is possible you will feel very miserable after your trip or even during. You could think this is caused by the mushrooms and that can lead to panicattacks.
6. Can I function normal the day after?
If you take mushrooms for the first time it will be more difficult to fuction proper the day after, because of all the new experiences caused by your trip. However, when you have more experience you know what to expect. We strongly advise against using machines or to participate in traffic, or participate in situations which need concentration. The day after you will be fairly normal and rested, but the substances are still present in your system, but the effects are neutralized due to the production of serotonine. Do take time to process all new experiences.
7. Can I stop my trip when it is getting to heavy?
No, you can’t stop the trip yourself. You can relieve some by taking vitamin C or eat something.
8. How much should I take?
The mushrooms packed by Procare, 35 grams of Cubensis types, 18 grams of Tampanensis and 10 grams of Copelandia are enough for a heavy trip. When using the first time do not take more then half the portion and see what you feel after 45 minutes. If the feeling is comfortable you can take the other half to enhance your feeling.
9. When I use more often, do I have to take more to get the same feeling?
No, you do not have to take more to get the same feeling. Even more, if you take mushrooms seven days after your last trip you won’t feel a thing. This is due to the preparation of your brain for “another attack” by making sufficient Serotonine. Only after ten days you can experience the effects of mushrooms, (see also question three).
10. What does is do exactly? Can it be compared with something else?
(See also question three) The effect of the halucinating substances will cause miscommunication between brain and sences. Noticable effect are amongst others altered perception: light, collour, scent, touch, taste, etc. are differrent from reallity. But, perception of time, distance, altitude, estimating speed, etc. can also change. That is why Procare STRONLY ADVISES AGAINST participating in traffic.
11. Is it addictive.
No, addiction has never been reported.
12. Which differences are there between mushrooms.
Procare grows five differrent mushroom types. Some of them belong to the same gender, being the Psilocybe Cubensis. Some mushrooms have their own charactaristics and also own protions of working substances.
13. How do I use them.
Mushrooms are usable in different ways. The only way which is not considered as preparation is to eat them and chew well. Almost all other ways of using them, such as drawing tea out of them, is considered preparation. That is illegal, according to the Opium law.
14. Is it dangerous if others or pets eat my mushrooms?
Pets do not eat mushrooms so don’t worry. When an adult eats only one mushroom not much will happen. Mushrooms are not very tasty and people do not eat them quickly or as candy. In case the pack is entirely empty the thief has probably eaten the mushrooms on purpose and was therefore prepared. This rule also applies to children, the mushrooms taste awfull and the child probably won’t eat many. BUT, the weight of a child is much less, so the substances can work better. Always contact a doctor when this happens. Stay with the child untill help has arrived. Comfort the child at all times. Give it something to drink or eat.
15. I breastfeed. Can I use mushrooms?
When breastfeeding, do not use anything, DON’T!. Consult a doctor.
16. Is it dangerous to use mushroom in combination with alcohol and drugs?
Yes! It is known use of canabis and mushrooms can cause flashbacks afterwards. Also cases of recklessness are reported.
17. Should I dry my mushrooms before use?
First of all, it is forbidden in the Opium law. That makes drying a crime. Second, the mushrooms lose working substances in the process of drying. The reason why mushrooms where only sold dry in the past was because of the poor distributionnetwork. People had to dry their mushrooms in order to preserve the mushrooms and simplify the trade. (The dry form of mushrooms after all have only ten percent of the volume fresh mushrooms have.) Dry mushrooms could also be stored without a cool area. Today we can store fresh mushrooms and we can supply customers with fresh mushrooms at least once a week.
18. Are mushrooms illegally grown?
Yes and no, however the growth and trade of mushrooms is a hundred percent legal, some growers do not live up to the rules and sell their mushrooms on the black market. An other wrong doing is still that some people dry their mushrooms because the market for fresh mushrooms is to small to absorb all fresh mushrooms. Growers with enormous amounts of mushrooms will dry their products in order to sell their stock. To get as much yield as possible from their harvest some growers us pesticides and other products to ensure a good harvest. It is not known if these pesticides in combination with Psiloci(by)ne are dangerous to peoples health. All things above are considerd illegal. Fortunately there companies who are completely bonafide and who are trying to evade these problems by investing in safety and research.
Procare.. Who else! 2003.