A type of hallucinogenic ‘truffle’ has replaced mushrooms as the most popular legal high in the Netherlands, Trouw reports on Thursday.
The paper says sales of sclerotia have soared since magic mushrooms were banned three years ago. Sclerotia are a sort of underground tuber which stores food for mushrooms and can be grown easily in large quantities.
However, Paul van Oyen, chairman of the association of smart shops, where legal highs are sold, says the magic truffle is also being sold in tourist shops and this could give rise to problems.
‘Tourists don’t get the information they need and the portions are too big,’ he told the paper. ‘You can see something is going to go wrong and then we will get the blame’
The sale of hallucinogenic mushrooms was banned on December 1, 2008 after several incidents involving tourists.
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