Eating gourmet food is an experience in itself, but partaking of a psychedelic gourmet dinner? It truly is an experience of a lifetime, at least for most people. The Guardian writer Jules Marshall had the chance to experience an eight-course psychedelic dinner in Amsterdam’s Fraîche, a cosy restaurant owned by Noah Tucker and Tony Joseph.
Originally from New York, Tucker attended culinary school on a US Navy scholarship before relocating to Amsterdam. Joseph, on the other hand, hails from London and works as a specialist patissier. While Tucker is a self-professed “highly functional pothead,” Joseph is the exact opposite, preferring not to take drugs for himself.
While concocting the eight-course meal, Joseph and Tucker were joined by Mannas Akdag from Test Lab, Amsterdam’s only non-governmental cannabis tester. He advised the chefs which varieties worked best with certain dishes, as well as explained the differences among the different herbs used in the meal.
The meal consisted of three types of hashish, four varieties of bud, psychedelic truffles, kanna, and Syrian rue—all of which are legal in Amsterdam. None of these herbs are considered toxic and they even boast of various medicinal qualities. The chefs got the herbs from Azarius, Europe’s largest and oldest online supplier, which offers a plethora of sacred herbs from around the world, ranging from peyote cactus to betel nuts.
Here are the herbs used in making the psychedelic eight-course meal:
- Cannabis (Cannabis sativa). Cannabis leaves, seeds, flowers, concentrates, and vapors can be used in various culinary meals. Aside from containing medicinal cannabinoids, cannabis also contains THC, which is its main psychoactive ingredient. It can either promote or inhibit appetite, depending on the combination. Aromatic terpenes add fruity to pine-y overtones.
- Kanna (Sceletium tortuosum). Found in southern Africa, this herb have been used by hunter-gatherers and pastoralists since prehistoric times. Its main active ingredient, mesembrine, has antidepressant effects, elevating mood and boosting energy. Low doses decrease anxiety, while higher doses cause euphoria, interpersonal ease, and meditative feeling. It has a woody taste.
- Magic truffles (Psilocybe hollandia). Commonly known as Philosopher’s Stones, magic truffles contain psilocybin, which is a potent antidepressant. This substance is also found in many mushroom species, although truffles are not exactly classified as mushrooms. It has a raw taste akin to tangy pickled walnuts. Some say magic truffles are “the new medicinal marijuana.”
- Syrian rue (Peganum harmala). Native to the eastern Mediterranean, this plant has been used in folk medicine and spiritual practices of various cultures. It strengthens and prolongs the effects of other drugs, especially psilocybin—the main active ingredient of magic truffles.
To learn more about Marshall’s experience in this one-of-a-kind gourmet experience, as well as what exactly was exactly was served during the meal, check out the original article.
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