Psychedelics have always caused controversy with people.

Civilized man has always tried to keep psychedelics, banned or illegal. While indigenous peoples, hippies, and adventurous types argue that these drugs are, for the most part, harmless when compared to some of the “legal” substances such as tobacco, alcohol and prescription drugs.

The claim is that we as human beings have always used these natural substances for both recreational and spiritual purposes.

Some of the more common psychedelics you should know are; marijuana (yes weed is a mild psychedelic), magic mushrooms, LSD etc. Their use is usually accompanied with strong visuals, euphoria, unexplained bliss, and in some cases spiritual enlightenment (or at least that’s what they say).

Dimethyltryptamine or DMT is one of the most powerful psychedelics known to man.

And the strange thing is that it is produced in our bodies (in small doses) as well as many species of plants. In the human being, it is found in its highest amounts, when dreaming, and more so, in the final moments of death.

Despite all this, it is a class 1 drug in most countries and as illegal as cocaine or heroin. DMT became known to modern man through indigenous peoples of central and South America, who consumed a substance called ayahuasca.

Ayahuasca is a drink made from the stem of the ayahuasca vine, Banisteriopsis caapi, and contains a significant amount of the compound DMT.

The term ayahuasca is in the Quechua language. The word huasca is the usual Quechua term for any species of vine. The word aya refers to something like a separable soul, and thus, also, to the spirit of a dead person — hence the two common English translations, “vine of the soul” and “vine of the dead.

” The ritual use of ayahuasca is a common thread linking the religion and spirituality of almost all the indigenous peoples of the Upper Amazon, including the mestizo population; it seems probable that the shamanic practices of most of the Upper Amazon — Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Perú, Bolivia — form a single religious culture area.

Ayahuasca use is found as far west as the Pacific coastal areas of Panamá, Colombia, and Ecuador; southward into the Peruvian and Bolivian Amazon; among the Indians of Colombia; among the Quichua, Waoroni, Shuar, and other peoples of Ecuador; and in Amazonian Brazil.

Besides the common effects of psychedelics, DMT users have a far more intense experience, compared with shrooms or LSD.

One of the greatest minds behind the study and awareness of DMT is Terrence Mckenna, who called DMT “the most powerful hallucinogen known to man and science” and “the commonest hallucinogen in all of the nature” in his 1994 lecture “Rap Dancing Into the Third Millennium.” McKenna wondered why theology had not enshrined DMT as “its central exhibit for the presence of the other in the human world,” and said:

“Why this is not four-inch headlines on every newspaper on the planet I cannot understand, because I don’t know what news you were waiting for, but this is the news that I was waiting for.”

McKenna first smoked DMT as an undergraduate at Berkeley in early 1967. He had experience with LSD—ingesting it “once a month or so”—and other psychedelics, but as he said in an interview in The Archaic Revival (1992):

“It was really the DMT that empowered my commitment to the psychedelic experience. DMT was so much more powerful, so much more alien, raising all kinds of issues about what is a reality, what is language, what is the self, what is three-dimensional space and time, all the questions I became involved with over the next twenty years or so.”

There are many thought-provoking theories surrounded by DMT.

One of them is that DMT is the transition chemical from life to death. For when we die high amounts of DMT are released in the brain probably causing a long dream/ trip state.

This theory is enforced by the concept that a dream minute is like a lifetime, and when we die our brains are still active for 12 to 15 minutes. A typical DMT trip lasts only about 5-10 mins but feels really long, it’s like the information we receive is too much too fast.

Another theory is that DMT is a tool for extra-terrestrial beings to communicate with us. While this might sound absurd, many DMT users have said that during their trip, they have encountered super intelligent beings they can only describe as “aliens”.

See the following video Joe Rogan talks about DMT:

There is another theory that DMT and psychedelics have a lot to do with the development of the evolving human brain (from apes), and has a lot to do with the development of language, culture, religion/philosophy, and art. This is known as the “Stoned Ape theory.”

See the following video Terence Mckenna – The stoned ape theory:

Psychedelics and DMT have been proven to produce more positive results than negative. In fact, no one has ever died directly from the use of DMT, marijuana or psilocybin mushrooms (shrooms), and yet they remain illegal at the benefit of a few rich and powerful individuals.

Propaganda messages are further passed through media and government that these substances are bad for you or cause psychosis or neurotic behavior. Yet, in the cases where this has been proven, the individual in question has often been an addict of hard drugs, (heroin, crystal meth, etc.) prescription drugs or some other lab created substance.

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