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3 Of The Most Popular Natural Psychedelics
Natural psychedelics have been used for thousands of years by various tribes, and cultures across the world. Natural psychedelics are used today for spiritual, religious, recreational, and medicinal reasons. I'm exploring the most popular natural psychedelics.
1. N, N-Dimethyltryptamine(DMT)
When people think of a drug, they tend to think of an external substance. There's one substance, however, that is found in almost all of nature, including mammals. The culprit is N, N-Dimethyltryptamine(DMT). N, N-Dimethyltryptamine(DMT) had only recently begun gaining mainstream and seeing that it's such an intense experience, I thought it deserved a spot. DMT is a tryptamine and neurotransmitter, and it has been labeled the "spirit molecule". DMT has been used for centuries by numerous cultures for healing and religious purposes. They crushed up a plant containing DMT, and then they would mix it with a Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitor, which made the concoction orally active. In modern times, people tend to smoke or vaporize the substance.
DMT is considered to be the most powerful psychedelic known to man. The effects of DMT are largely determined by two factors: when and where. Rick Strassman conducted a five year long study on the effects of DMT at the University of New Mexico. The study determined that lower doses of DMT produced no hallucinations, although it did produce emotional experiences. In contrast, higher doses produced strong hallucinogenic experiences which included vivid, rapidly moving images. The study found that DMT can induce a feeling to the user that he or she is able to communicate with an intelligent being. Furthermore, DMT is considered to be neither toxic or addictive, and can be used as a treatment for serious addictions.
Magic mushroom is the slang term given to any kind of mushroom that is psychoactive. The main psychoactive ingredient is psilocybin, which is broken down to produce psilocin. Like many other natural psychedelics, magic mushrooms were used for ritualistic purposes by various cultures. Magic mushrooms are found on all continents, both tropical and subtropical, but the majority is found in subtropical areas. Magic mushrooms has many health benefits. A study found that these mushrooms could be a potential treatment for neurological disorders. Another study proved that magic mushrooms are effective at sending obsessive-compulsive disorders into remission. This makes magic mushrooms much more effective than current medications. The active ingredients have also been found to treat serious addictions, much the same as LSD.
Users tend to have a spiritual and emotional experience with magic mushrooms, but the effects still vary from person to person. The main effects take place within 3-4 hours after ingestion, and can feel extremely long since psilocybin alters the user's perception of time. The most obvious effects are auditory- and visual hallucinations, which include distortions of objects and seeing sounds. Users may also see halos around objects. At higher doses, objects seem to be "breathing", and patterns within objects tend to stand out much more. Research suggests that psilocybin is not toxic to human organs, but higher doses may lead to dangerous behaviour.
Mescaline is a natural occurring substance found in various cacti. The most popular cacti containing mescaline are the San Pedro cactus and Peyote. Mescaline is known for its hallucinogenic effects, which is very similar to those of LSD. Mescaline has been used for at least 5,700 years by Native Americans, and it's still being used today for different reasons. It has been suggested that mescaline may be a potential treatment for addiction issues, and depression but unfortunately it's a controlled substance. Because of this, only a few studies have ever been conducted. Mescaline is only legal for certain religious groups to use during ceremonies.
The effects are very similar to those of LSD and psilocybin, but with an unique touch. The most noticeable effects are altered thinking processes, an altered sense of time, and hallucinations. Color may be much more vibrant and intense. Visual patterns are very common with mescaline experiences. The unique touch produced by mescaline is geometricization, which basically means three-dimensional objects appear to be flat.
That concludes my list for the most popular natural psychedelics. Next time you're taking a hike in the woods, think about how strong natural substances can really be, and also about all the incredible medical usages they contain.
Have you ever had any experience with one of these substances?
© 2017 Jaco Louw