Welcome to your go-to source for all things wellness-related. In this newsletter, we explore the fascinating world of wellness and alternative medicine, with a special focus on psychedelics, CBD, nootropics, and functional mushrooms.


Whether you're a curious newcomer or a seasoned veteran, you'll find something of interest in each issue of the Amsterdam Wellness Insider. So sit back, relax, and join us on this exciting journey into the cutting-edge world of wellness.


The When Nature Calls Team


Could Psilocybin Be the New After-Work Drink?


Imagine, it's 5pm on a Friday, and you're yearning to unwind after a hectic week. What's the go-to solution for many? Often, it's reaching for a drink to take the edge off. But what if there was another way to achieve that desired sense of relaxation and social ease? Enter the world of small doses of psilocybin—not quite a full-blown trip, yet more than a microdose.


The modern landscape of relaxation and socializing is undergoing a subtle transformation. With the growing acceptance of psychedelics and an evolving understanding of their effects, more and more individuals are exploring the potential benefits of incorporating psilocybin into their leisure routines. The concept might seem unfamiliar, even unconventional, but it's part of a trend that's catching the attention of those seeking a different way to wind down.


A growth in Mindset: From Microdosing to the "Mood Buzz"

Microdosing, the practice of consuming tiny amounts of substances like psilocybin to enhance mood and focus, has been making waves in recent years. People are finding that these minuscule quantities can offer positive effects with minimal drawbacks. Riding this positive wave of curiosity and further understanding there is another shift in the air—a transition from microdosing towards what we call a "mood buzz." It's a step above a microdose, yet far from a full psychedelic experience.


The idea is to tap into the benefits that psilocybin can offer without delving into the depths of a full-blown trip. Individuals are seeking a middle ground, aiming for a state where relaxation, sociability, and mild euphoria converge. This subtle alteration in consciousness is not about losing oneself, but rather about enhancing certain aspects of the present moment.


Crafting a New Experience  

In a world where conventional approaches to relaxation and socializing are being reimagined, the notion of integrating psilocybin into leisure activities is gaining traction. As the acceptance of psychedelics grows and their effects are better understood, the allure of a "mood buzz" created by small doses of psilocybin is captivating those in search of a new way to unwind. This trend represents a shift from both traditional after-work drinks and microdosing, offering a balanced state of heightened presence and tranquility without the profound depths of a full psychedelic journey. By carving out a space for this novel experience, individuals are embracing the idea of enhancing the present moment while sidestepping the drawbacks associated with more conventional choices such as hangovers, crafting a path toward mindful relaxation and sociability.




Did you see the glowing mushrooms this month?

This month a rush of other-wordly looking mushrooms swept through Goa in india, capturing international attention. This spectacle is far from novel, with its origins dating back to ancient times—Aristotle himself penned its wonders in his writings. 

The luminescence in these mushrooms is no illusion – it's a result of a complex enzymatic reaction. According to Jay Dunlap, a professor of biochemistry and cell biology at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine, the enzyme luciferase acts on a substrate called luciferin, causing it to oxidize and release high-energy intermediates as light instead of heat.


While bioluminescence can be found in various species, its purpose can vary. Some organisms use it to attract mates, while others employ it as a defense mechanism to ward off predators. Mycena chlorophos, known as the 'night-light mushroom' or 'Green Pepe' in Japan, uses its glowing green light for a unique purpose – aiding in reproduction. Professor Dunlap explains that the luminous quality of these mushrooms attracts insects, which inadvertently pick up spores and disperse them across the forest as they move, contributing to the fungi's reproductive success.

Want to see these for yourself? Late summer and early autumn is the most likely time to spot them, as these months tend to provide the right combination of humid warm conditions along with decaying matter on the forest floor. The occurrence of bioluminescent mushrooms can be highly sporadic and extremely rare- let us know if you manage to spot one!




To stack or not to stack: the supplement dilemma 

 Are you intrigued by the concept of supplement stacking but not entirely sure what it entails? You're not alone. With the wellness landscape constantly evolving, let us help you understand the ins and outs of this practice and how it might fit into your journey towards a healthier you. Let's dive into the world of supplement stacking, exploring what it is, how it works, and how you can make it a part of your wellness routine.

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Brand Spotlight: Brain-Feed's Innovative Solutions for Brain Health

At the intersection of cutting-edge research and premium wellness, is Brain-Feed, a company that has revolutionized the world of brain health and performance. Founded as a research project at Newcastle University in 2015, Brain-Feed has been a trailblazer in identifying isolated nutrients that readily cross the blood-brain barrier, elevating brain health and function to new heights.


The Brain-Feed Story: Nurturing Brain Health through Science

Brain-Feed's journey began with a mission – a mission to unlock the secrets of brain health through isolated nutrients. Starting at Newcastle University, their research sought to find nutrients that could pass the blood-brain barrier, supporting both brain health and performance. 

For the past three years, Brain-Feed has partnered with the esteemed Salford University Biosciences department to delve even deeper into the realm of neuroplasticity. This collaboration has yielded groundbreaking insights, shaping the landscape of brain health and fostering a future of cognitive vitality.

We are excited to announce that this month we began stocking two popular products from brainfeed, let's take a closer look:


1. 5-HTP Capsules: Elevate Your Serotonin Naturally

At the core of your mood and well-being lies serotonin – the feel-good chemical messenger. Brain-Feed's 5-HTP capsules contain 100% natural 5-HTP, extracted from Ghanian Griffonia Simplicifolia seeds. This natural serotonin booster works as a precursor to serotonin, supporting mood regulation and aiding in a restful night's sleep. Unlike many others, Brain-Feed's 5-HTP capsules contain a remarkable 98% of 5-HTP, ensuring you get the maximum benefit with no unnecessary bulking agents. Elevate your serotonin levels naturally and experience the difference.


2. Tyrosine Capsules: Ignite Your Dopamine Drive

Reward, pleasure, alertness – dopamine fuels it all. Brain-Feed's Tyrosine capsules offer the world's first natural 800mg capsule from fermented corn. Tyrosine, the building block of dopamine, is your go-to solution for enhancing motivation, drive, and mental function. Whether it's supporting dopamine levels or gearing up for those rewarding activities, Tyrosine plays a pivotal role. Elevate your dopamine levels and witness the transformative effects on your emotional well-being and cognitive prowess.


A final word

Brain-Feed's commitment to scientific excellence and innovation has paved the way for unrivalled brain health solutions. Their dedication to extracting the full potential of isolated nutrients has kick started products that just simply work.

Please keep in mind that while Brain-Feed's products are innovative they are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. It's important to consult with a qualified healthcare professional before making any changes to your wellness regimen. These supplements work best in a combination of a healthy balanced life style.