The curious collection of a slightly mad scientist
LA Esoteric History ExaminerPeter De Conceicao
…. DMT is short for dimethyltryptamine. It occurs naturally in mammalian brains, albeit in extremely small amounts. It is a psychotropic drug. It can be extracted and refined from certain plants, such as mimosa hostilis. DMT is also a Schedule 1 drug in the United States. This means, very simply, that ingesting this innocuous-sounding substance lands you in very hot water with your local drug and law enforcement authorities.
By the accounts of people who have ingested DMT, the experience begins with the visual appearance of geometric shapes of increasingly complexity. This is then followed by the gradual imposition of a subjective perceptual reality populated by entities of either animal and/or non-human form, and interestingly, of creatures which resemble contemporary descriptions of aliens. There are also encounters with human spirits who may or may not be relatives. The preceding is a grossly simplified encapsulation of the sensory experience and it should be noted that the duration and appearance of these entities varies from individual to individual.
Now, these perceptual experiences may or may not sound like the psychotropic adventurer’s cup of tea which is how ayahuasca’s consumed but there’s a caveat to this ticket-to-fairyland beverage; the taste of ayahuasca is indescribably vile, and the Indians also refer to ayahuasca as la purga, the purge because the consumer will inevitably vomit, or have extremely loose bowels. …
– via Examiner.com
Poison your brain and you can get some interesting effects. The fact that DMT is naturally occurring does not make it safe in the amounts people take to have this trip. Even drinking too much water can kill you, for example.
… Strangely, even though DMT is one of the most intense psychedelics in existence physically it is one of the safest. Because the human body and mind already contain DMT in trace amounts the brain knows exactly how to utilize and metabolize this entheogen and it leaves the system in a matter of minutes. In fact one could say that since DMT is endogenous to the human nervous system it is the safest psychedelic known, far safer physically than even common alcohol and cigarettes.Mentally DMT is extremely intense, one of the few dangers that one may encounter is that a person may not be prepared for the intensity of such experience and may have trouble integrating it. It would help a psychonaut immensely if he is well schooled in esoteric and psychedelic states of mind before embarking on any hyper dimensional DMT voyages. Set and Setting also play a big part in facilitating the most positive, insightful and enjoyable experience possible.
Abuse of this drug could also explain some alien abduction experiences. Someone slipped some purified DMT would be in a really messed up state. It is good to know about this because if you ever see aliens, you might reasonably consider if someone has secretly drugged you.
Are they real or hallucinations?
Experiencers feel that the drug merely removes a barrier, that they are experiencing actual beings who are here all the time. This does not make it true, of course, but it would be hard for me to explain a character in my dream that had a consistent “realness”. I know my dream characters tend to shift features and even morph in to other characters in short order.
… Almost all DMT psychonauts who have broken through to the other side feel that what they had encountered was not just mere ‘hallucinations’ , ‘hypnogogia’ or even material from the subconscious mind.
Some of the most common ideas of what might be occurring are expounded below from an excerpt of Psychedelic Monographs and Essays:
“Although the amazing geometrical hallucinations experienced under the influence of DMT are sufficient in themselves to command attention among students of psychedelics, the really interesting part of the experience is the apparent contact with alien beings. … Subjects report experiences of contact with communicating beings whose independent existence at the time seems self-evident.
These experiences are not described as dream-like. If the entities have an existence independent of the DMT-influenced subject, then a realm of existence has been discovered which is quite other than the consensus reality which most of us assume is the only real world.
– via DMTnexus
DMT is generally not active orally unless it is combined with an monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) such as a reversible inhibitor of monoamine oxidase A (RIMA), e.g., harmaline. Without a MAOI, the body quickly metabolizes orally administered DMT, and it therefore has no hallucinogenic effect unless the dose exceeds monoamine oxidase’s metabolic capacity (very rare). …
DMT is classified in the United States as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. In December 2004, the Supreme Court lifted a stay thereby allowing the Brazil-based União do Vegetal (UDV) church to use a decoction containing DMT in their Christmas services that year. This decoction is a “tea” made from boiled leaves and vines, known as hoasca within the UDV, and ayahuasca in different cultures. In Gonzales v. O Centro Espirita Beneficente Uniao do Vegetal, the Supreme Court heard arguments on November 1, 2005 and unanimously ruled in February 2006 that the U.S. federal government must allow the UDV to import and consume the tea for religious ceremonies under the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act.