A new scientific study suggests strong similarities between near death experiences and the psychedelic drug. She is in a treatment room at the Imperial College Clinical Research Facility in London, taking part in a scientific study into the effects of illegal hallucinogen DMT. She's in a chair, eye mask on, cannula poking out of her forearm. The lights are dimmed and a specially commissioned ambient soundtrack plays in the background. Chris Timmermann, a psychologist and neuroscientist who researches psychedelic drugs, stands nearby. The hallucinations hit her like a hurricane.
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Rick Strassman, MD, described it as "the first endogenous human psychedelic" in DMT: The Spirit Molecule , and in an interview in said that DMT "seems to actually be a necessary component of normal brain function. Why this is not four-inch headlines on every newspaper on the planet I cannot understand, because I don't know what news you were waiting for, but this is the news that I was waiting for. He had experience with LSD—ingesting it "once a month or so"—and other psychedelics, but as he said in an interview in The Archaic Revival :. It was really the DMT that empowered my commitment to the psychedelic experience. DMT was so much more powerful, so much more alien, raising all kinds of issues about what is reality, what is language, what is the self, what is three-dimensional space and time, all the questions I became involved with over the next twenty years or so.
Research into DMT started in the 50s
DMT is one of the most potent entheogens known to man, and the trip it induces is significantly different than other psychoactive substances. Users describe being transported to a distant realm where they meet seemingly autonomous entities, and often those same entities appear to different people. Now, researchers are attempting to catalog these experiences to figure out just what, or who, those DMT entities are. DMT comes in more than one form and is an endogenous compound found in a multitude of plants, animals, and humans. Since it was synthesized in by Hungarian chemist, Stephen Szara, it has baffled both users and researchers alike. Recently, Dr. In a separate study, Dr. Rick Strassman and Andrew Gallimore have proposed an experiment to keep someone in the DMT realm for an extended period through intravenous administration. Thought leaders in the psychedelic world including Terrence McKenna, Graham Hancock, and Daniel Pinchbeck have provided some interesting insights into their own experiences smoking DMT, Ayahuasca and similar variants; below are some their stories. Terrence McKenna, the eminent psychonaut who devoted his life to exploring the many realms of the psychedelic experience, distilled his 30 to 40 DMT trips down to one general experience when speaking to an audience in
Subscriber Account active since. Spirals upon spirals began to appear and infinite spirals would emerge out of other spirals. I was happiness itself, this world is mine, and the happiness is emerging only from me. A trip on DMT is described by users like "breaking out of a simulation. Time and language are inconceivable, but you may experience telepathic conversations with the beings you encounter, he said.