Are NDEs and OBEs a Result of Drugs?

Drugs and Medication Caused My NDE?

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    It is understandable that many individuals would assume that NDEs are a result of drugs. After all, psychedelics do mimic many NDE features. Other drugs, such as Ether can produce sensations of traveling through a tunnel and bright lights. Although many scientists believe that understanding such drugs might prove useful in developing further comprehension of NDEs and OBEs— The overall conclusion is that drugs are not responsible for NDEs. (5) 

   Drab, Raymond Moody, Oasis and Harldson, and many well-known researchers verify that not only do drugs not produce NDEs. Drugs actually reduce an individuals memory of the event. Studies indicate that people who are administered medications in Near-Death Experiences report fewer NDEs than those that remained drug-free. (5, 1, 3)

    There was a study that examined Near-Death Experiences in patients that had cardiac arrests. Almost all of the patients did get treated with Fentanyl (An opioid antagonist) and a sedative drug with antipsychotic effects. 13% received benzodiazepines, 11% received heavily sedating Benzos. However, the study indicates that patients receiving extra medication had 25% reduction in NDE occurrences. The study concludes that drugs do not induce this experience. (5) 

    An interesting point of focus is suicide attempts which frequently involves overdosing. The results from a study by Kenneth Ring and Stephen Franklin indicated that these individuals had subdued memories. In this study, measures were taken to ensure credibility by applying tests such as the WCEI. 80% of men reported NDEs and 35% of women. This study— in which drug overdose was common— evaluated that drugs did not cause these experiences. (3)

   A 28-year-old man reported using LSD and drinking the night before. Upon awakening the next day, he attempted to take his life. He slit his wrists, and as he lay bleeding, he began to have an Out of Body Experience (3).

   The above example, along with other cases, such as, a 23-year-old woman who jumped off a bridge could talk about NDEs with seemingly more clarity than those that had drug-induced suicide-related NDEs.  (3)

    There is an almost unanimous verdict among these listed studies and others that suggest drugs hamper or eliminate the memories of NDEs. They do not cause them. (3)

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Main Contributing Sources

  1. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0589/full
  2. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0140673601071008 (Great Study 
  3. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.2190/47XB-EGMR-9WKP-H3BX
  4. https://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=J14oDwAAQBAJ&oi=fnd&pg=PT10&dq=academic+papers+drugs+cause+near+death+experiences&ots=lhS8jO9_kS&sig=ZSbXGK4vB7__JYVcLs7yL7uPS4g#v=onepage&q=academic%20papers%20drugs%20cause%20near%20death%20experiences&f=false
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