Okay, not all drugs. Specifically DMT. It’s been found to exist naturally in the body but no one knows why. When ingested recreationally, it causes hallucinations that have earned it the title of “the psychic hormone.”
It’s known to spike when people have traumatic “near death” experiences. It’s also been theorized that it may increase during sleep. DMT is rumored to be linked to the pineal gland aka “the third eye” in humans.
So, what’s the big deal? I recently heard about a study that concluded that DMT is higher in adolescents, with the levels falling between 7 and 10 years of age. My attempts to find more information about the study were fruitless.
But it’s interesting, kids do seem to have more psychic experiences than adults. Often saying things like, “before I picked you as my parents” and “before I was born and decided to come here.” Even talking about past life experiences.
As a child of around 2 or 3, I used to speak to my great-grandmother who passed when I was only a year old. How could I have possibly known anything about her? But when my mom asked me, I was able to describe her and her temperament perfectly.
Do the levels of DMT in humans vary? Does it decrease during pre-puberty less dramatically for some? Is it really a “psychic hormone?”
These are all questions we have no answers to. The effects of DMT have barely been studied. There are new studies done everyday on a variety of subjects, why not this?
Some say DMT is just “metabolic waste” and not worth studying. But what if there’s more to it? I for one, would like to know.
A recent Beckley/Sant Pau study found that regular drinkers of the DMT-containing brew ayahuasca experience a prolonged increase in many traits associated with mindfulness, leading to enhanced mood. This effect has been correlated with a decrease in alpha brainwaves under ayahuasca, as well as a reduction in size of a brain region called the posterior cingulate cortex in long-term ayahuasca drinkers.https://beckleyfoundation.org/2017/07/05/do-our-brains-produce-dmt-and-if-so-why/
The posterior cingulate cortex works better when it’s a smaller size, increase in size is linked to a decrease in memory. So, ayahuasca can actually increase your memory! That’s pretty cool.
I’ve personally never tried it and I’m not promoting the use of ayahuasca. Just pointing out some interesting facts.
We don’t know a lot about naturally occurring DMT in humans, more research needs to be done. But I think it’s a fascinating subject and I hope more studies are done soon.
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