The Study of Psychedelics [DMT] and The Relation to Near Death Experiences

The Study of Psychedelics [DMT]

Revealing A Shocking Hypothesis That May Provide Answers

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M.T.B.

Editing by: Lisa Wolf; Co-Edited by Dina Grutzendler; Picture Designed by Diego WalCopz, Website construction; by Ayush Sondhi

     In 1938 a Swiss Chemist by the name Albert Hoffman worked with a major pharmaceutical company. He was studying ergot, a rye fungus and he hoped to discover a compound that would reduce bleeding from the uterus of women after childbirth. He was dealing with a drug referred to as LSD- 25. (lysergic acid diethylamide) His efforts would present themselves as unsuccessful. Years later he would revisit research on the compound and administered himself a small dosage of the drug. He nearly overdosed on LSD because even one-millionth of a gram could produce potently observable effects. Although he did not expect the dosage to be mind-altering; he was wrong. Albert Hoffman’s experience would go down in history as the height of research into psychedelics.

     The findings of LSD were published in the 1940s. The media created national unrest by portraying the drug as extremely dangerous. Many reports were falsified or poorly researched. LSD would be linked to catastrophic behavior that was not related to the effects of the drug. For example, these reports would create elaborate assumptions regarding LSD emergency room visits. Many of the patients were on multiple drugs and it was impossible to assess LSD as the contributing factor.

    In 1970,  against the objections of many scientists, LSD would be made illegal. Research would come to a halt. All Psychedelics became scheduled drugs. Why is this introduction noteworthy to NDEs? Many scientists thought this would be a gateway into understanding Near-Dear Experiences. Even more importantly– there is one psychedelic that might prove valuable to understand NDEs. This psychedelic is known as DMT.

    DMT also is known as,  N, N-Dimethyltryptamine, is a tryptamine molecule. It was studied vigorously by Rick Strassman. DMT produced similar effects to LSD but was arguably more consistent with NDEs.  What makes DMT a particularly fascinating subject is it naturally occurs in man’s body. This chemical is thought to be located in the center of the brain known as the pineal gland.

    Rick Stassman would do a five-year study of 400 doses to sixty human volunteers. His research began in 1990. He was not the first person to study the effects of DMT, but he made an elaborate attempt as a pioneer for the understanding of this naturally occurring psychedelic. 

    There are interesting similarities between DMT and Near-Death Experiences. In fact, Rick Strassman discovered that sometimes higher dosages of the substance would result in the individual having a scary experience. Could negative NDEs be affected by the release of excessive amounts of DMT?

    The question is— does DMT relate to Near-Death Experiences? This is not the only psychedelic that needs to be researched: Further research on LSD and other Psychedelics could provide the Near-Death Community with scientific understanding of NDEs. The truth will only be known as science advances, and the understanding of psychedelics is perused. (I would like to remind readers that having a scientific explanation does not eliminate the spiritual experience). The conclusion of this article follows:

      How is DMT released and does it affect people in NDE related situations?

 

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