DMT, or Dimethyltryptamine is an enigmatic substance that definitely deserves some extra attention. Maybe you’ve heard of it yourself – if you have, you probably know it as a sort of far-out psychedelic drug known to transport its users into other realms.
You may have even come across some stories of people having ridiculously out-of-this-world experiences while on it. Some actually believe that DMT is not only available as a drug (extracted from plants), but that it is naturally produced in our bodies.
When exactly would our bodies produce this type of substance? Well, in times where you might actually feel like your physical body has literally been transported out of this world. This can include lucid dreaming, near death experiences, or out of body experiences.
DMT is an interesting substance because it shares extremely similar qualities with the common chemical, serotonin, which controls our mood, sleep and memory. It’s part of a bigger group of substances called tryptamines, which also exist in other psychedelics like magic mushrooms or LSD. Whether or not it exists in you and me is still up in the air, however.
DMT is produced by the pineal gland
There are a number of pretty sound theories, though, that argue that DMT is produced in the pineal gland of our brains. If you’ve never heard of this tiny pine-cone shaped structure in the center of our brains, you should know that it’s usually associated with what we like to call the “third eye”.
Many believe that it’s the source of our connection with the supernatural, the universe, or God (I’ve experienced this to some degree when I dissolved the lucid state).
There’s even some evidence that ancient civilizations had a larger and more developed pineal gland that we do today. Some argue that this itty-bitty gland is actually the very source of human consciousness as we know it.
Getting back to the topic of DMT, however, it’s fascinating to note that the substance has been found in the pineal gland of mice. As both mice and humans are mammals, this could point to the possibility of it being produced in us as well, although no exact proof of this has yet been found.
All we can really be sure of now is that DMT use has been around for thousands of years – about 4,000 at least. In 1990, two mummies were discovered in Argentina and were found buried alongside a pipe and the remnants of a plant called Anadenanthera colubrina.
The plant wasn’t just any native shrub, though. It’s a source of DMT, and all of the signs point to the theory that ancient South Americans were pretty familiar with the substance. The use of Ayahuasca throughout South America has also been recorded since the 1600s at least, and has recently become a pretty widespread practice, not only among natives.
DMT is astonishingly common throughout nature. In fact, it’s found in over 60 different plants. In the early 20th century, the substance was synthesized which made it easier to consume as a drug in different forms, from smoking to snorting or injecting.
The effects of DMT on the mind
Perhaps the most fascinating part of DMT is the effects that it has on its users. The trips described by those who took the drug all have a baffling number of similarities, and here the word trip is definitely applicable when it comes to describing the overall experience.
That’s because the subjects all seem to describe their experiences as a kind of journey into a different realm, in which they literally felt like they had physically traveled to another reality.
After smoking the drug, the person begins to fall into what looks like a deep sleep to outside viewers. This sleep will last anywhere from five to fifteen minutes, and while the person could even appear unconscious to the outside world, internally they are experiencing a wave of sensations and physical symptoms. Each trip seems to include intense auditory and visual hallucinations, along with an evident change in consciousness.
The stages of the DMT trip
Users all report the experiences in distinct stages. Right after smoking, auditory hallucinations begin to take place, which include a buzzing in the ears and something that apparently resembles the sound of wrapping plastic being torn apart.
Next, the subjects describe entering the DMT hyperspace, where the real adventure begins. This is where it really begins to get “woo-woo”, as all of those who took the drug seem to report coming into contact with otherworldly entities or beings.
The entities take the shape of strange creatures that include fairies, aliens or elves. They’re also described as being playful and clever, and seem to be trying to guide or help the subject in some way, often offering special insights. Imagine coming face to face with these beings all the while experiencing crazy psychedelic colors and swirling fractals.
An overwhelming majority of DMT users claim to have been transported to a place where they come into contact with aliens who somehow communicate with them, either with actual words, telepathically, or in some other indescribable way.
This makes some people wonder if DMT is a substance that opens up doors to alternate realities, dimensions or even parallel universes. Those that have taken the drug describe that experiences – and the beings that they met, especially – to have felt so real that this theory could definitely be plausible.
This may be similar to what we experience in our dreams. We do travel to different realities that can sometimes feel incredibly realistic, both on a mental and even physical level, right? Perhaps there’s a connection between DMT, dreams, and alternate universes. For now, all we can really do is dive deeper into the experiences available to us and wait to see if more tangible proof comes up in the future.
There is a very interesting selection of books about DMT that can help you see how it works. There are also incredible user experiences that will make you question your life and the world around you.