By Dr.G.Shreekumar Menon, PhD.(Narcotics), IRS(Rtd)
Mangaluru, Feb 4, 2019: From time immemorial death has fascinated mankind. All religions have linked death very closely to God or the Creator. It is an ever abiding belief in all religions that after death, man will encounter his Creator and get to know about the mysteries of life. Meanwhile, Science is on a relentless pursuit of its own to decipher the mystery of life and death. Recent scientific advances aim to create life by cloning, and other sophisticated emerging technologies. But, death remains a great conundrum, baffling the entire scientific community. No religious text, no scientific theory tells what death is, how it is and what it feels like to die. Is there any such thing as a soul? If it exists will it get a chance to meet the Creator? Or is it that we are designed byaliens and we get to encounter them after death? Is there a rebirth, if so as what, when and why? While scientists, philosophers and religious leaders grapple with the conundrum of death, heaven, hell and rebirth, narcotic drug enthusiasts have stumbled upon a drug called N-Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) or the Spirit Molecule, or simply as the God DrugThe enduring mystery of DMT is the encounters it induces with God or other supernatural entities or ’aliens’. DMT, or the ‘Spirit Molecule’ is a naturally occurring psychedelic compound. Like other psychedelic drugs, when ingested, dimethyltryptamine produces “trips” or hallucinations. People who take dimethyltryptamine report clear, detailed visions of encounters with strange beings in another dimension. Depending on the person’s worldview, the beings are identified as either aliens or angels/demons. Visions like these also occur with other psychedelic drugs, but with nowhere near the consistency of dimethyltryptamine.
DMT is a classic psychedelic in the same family as LSD and psilocybin, and is referred to as God Drug as it gives a feeling and vision of interaction with a higher entity and after experiencing a DMT-induced vision, some people have drastically changed their lives.
The physical and spiritual aspects of human beings are closely intertwined. The spiritual impacts the physical and vice-versa. It is possible that a psychedelic drug such as dimethyltryptamine could temporarily give a person greater access to the spiritual world .Contacting the spirit world through psychedelic drugs and/or sorcery appears to be possible.
DMT, orN-Dimethyltryptamine, is a naturally occurring chemical found in both plants and animals. It is a psychedelic tryptamine compound found in the human body and at least in60 species of plants worldwide. It is the active hallucinogenic compound in Ayahuasca, the Quechua name for a tea brewed from the shrub Psychotria viridis, which is used for ritual purposes by the indigenous people in the Amazon.
DMT is ingested in crystal form, and is often smoked in a pipe or bong. Taken in this manner, it produces a powerful but short-lasting hallucinogenic state that is considered one of the most intense psychedelic experiences in existence.
Richard Helmuth Fredrick Manske is credited as the first to synthesize DMT in 1931. But it was Dr. Stephen Szara, who had been inspired by visiting South American religious ceremonies, who first demonstrated that the drug induces hallucinations, illusions, distortions of spatial perception and body image, disturbances of thoughts and euphoria in humans in 1956.
Rick Strassman pioneered contemporary research into hallucinogens in the 1990s as he believed that the profound effects on consciousness they produced warranted further exploration. He published a number of landmark studies including detailed dose-response experiments using the Hallucinogen Rating Scale to measure subjective experiences. Strassman later published The Spirit Moleculein 2000, widely considered a landmark book on the many uses of DMT.
DMT is the only psychedelic known to occur naturally in the human body. In 1972, the Nobel laureate Julius Axelrod of the National Institutes of Health discovered DMT in human brain tissue, leading to speculation that the compound plays a role in psychosis.
When smoked, it’s a very fast-acting substance with peak subjective experience occurring around 2 minutes after ingestion, literally getting rocket launched into another dimension and completely resolving within 15 to 20 minutes.
Low doses (0.05 to 0.1 mg/kg) of DMT primarily affect physical and emotional states with few to no perceptual hallucinations. Higher doses typically produce a rapidly moving kaleidoscopic displays of intensely “techno-coloured” abstract and representational images. Auditory hallucinations are less common and usually aren’t a very prominent feature of the experience. Alternating sensations of heat and cold are sometimes reported. Out-of-body experiences, or a dissociation of awareness from the physical body, is very common with DMT (at higher doses) to the point that many consider it a hallmark of the experience.
Many report that DMT gives them a connection to unconscious parts of their mind, allowing them to see any issues and mental blocks they’ve been experiencing from a new vantage point. People often report a sense of detachment from their emotions and how they identify with them as well.
A new scientific study suggests strong similarities between near death experiences and the psychedelic drug DMT. Researchers speculate that DMT might be the chemical we release when we dream, and potentially right before we die.
DMT is perhaps best known as the hallucinogenic compound in Ayahuasca. This bitter, brown liquid is notorious for facilitating near-death, out-of-body, and god-like trips. These experiences tend to be either deeply unappealing or deeply appealing to the average person.In India, Dimethyltryptamine is a "controlled substance". Production/manufacture, possession, sale, purchase, transport, storage, consumption or distribution is illegal.
However, one of the most compelling mysteries surrounding the use of psychedelics, revolves around the ritual concoction known as Soma. Glorified in both Hindu and Zoroastrian traditions and scriptures, this beverage is widely thought to have been a potent psychedelic, a plant extract that was known for increasing awareness, imparting visionary mystical experiences, and helping those who took it to feel strong sensations of bliss, light, poetic inspiration, and immortality. The true origins of the Soma beverage have been lost in the millennia since its use, but that has not stopped modern day scholars from putting out many fascinating theories about what specific plants and effects these ancient people were so enamored with to facilitate their religious practice.
The use of DMT is rising consistently across the globe. Psychedelic tourism or Ayahuasca journeys or vacations are now offered by many Latin American countries.
Could the presence of excess DMT in the brain be the reason for certain people to claim affinity to God? The divine experiences felt maybe the outcome of hyperactive DMT in their brain. Research in this field can throw up amazing surprises.
Dr.G.Shreekumar Menon, Former Director General, National Academy of Customs, Indirect Taxes & Narcotics and Former Director General, Multi-Disciplinary School of Economic Intelligence.