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.
Here he describes the process of setting up a program to research the psychedelic drug, DMT, at the University of New Mexico. It took two years to obtain the required permissions, as there had been a twenty year hiatus in psychedelic research on human subjects.