DMT, or N,N-Dimethyltryptamine, is a chemical substance that is frequently used as a psychedelic drug. It naturally occurs in a range of plants and animals—including humans—but it can also be synthetically created. It is the main hallucinogenic component of ayahuasca, a vine that grows in the Amazon, and a form of it is also found in psilocybin. The psychedelic experience of DMT is typically rather short (5 to 15 minutes), but is often extremely potent, considered to be the most intense psychedelic experience of any psychedelic drug. Typical experiences while on DMT can include anxious or euphoric emotional states; out-of-body experiences; kaleidoscopic and/or geometric hallucinations; and most famously, experiences of “alien,” “helper/guide,” or “intelligent beings,” which seem to be an occurrence unique to DMT.

DMT, Aliens, and Reality—Part 1

Psychedelic drug phenomena do not justify radical new views of reality.

DMT, Aliens, and Reality—Part 2

What I will focus on are the psychological factors that influence people’s judgments about what is real and how these might explain why people come to believe in the existence of such beings.

Scientists Want to Know More About DMT Entities People Encounter

Now, researchers are attempting to catalog these experiences to figure out just what, or who, those DMT entities are.

DMT Is Everywhere: A Conversation with ‘Spirit Molecule’ Director Mitch Schultz

In 1990, Dr. Rick Strassman administered 400 doses of the highly psychedelic compound Dimethyltryptamin (DMT) to 60 volunteers at the University of New Mexico’s School of Medicine in Albuqerque.

The Expanding World Ayahuasca Diaspora

Explore Ayahuasca in the context of classic and contemporary issues in social sciences and humanities providing material on the expansion of ayahuasca as it situates itself around the world.

The Grandmother Plant—And What Turned on Consciousness

Here, we asked Graham Hancock about plant medicine, the purpose and meaning of hallucinogenic experiences, and what bigger opportunities he sees for humanity in all of this.


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