A Psychedelic Compound Exists in Normal Brains

 Over the past few years, people have traveled to South America to be part of the Ayahuasca retreats. The goal is as it follows: to partake in a brewed concoction that’s made out of a vine plant, that’s called Banisteriopsis caapi. Traditionally speaking, it was used for different religious ceremonies: those who drink it, experience hallucinogenic episodes. Many people have described it to have changed their lives. 

Dimethyltryptamine is the reason behind these episodes

The ingredient that is responsible for these episodes is dimethyltryptamine (DMT). For the very first time, scientists have found the presence of DMT in the mammalian brain. This is actually a massive step towards DMT and seeing what its role is. Also, they get to study how it can impact the brains of humans. 

The DMT cannot be found only in plants, but also in mammals, according to Jimo Borjigin, who takes part in the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology. She was not always interested in DMT. Before all of this, she used to research melatonin production in the pineal gland. 

In the 17th Century, Descartes said that the pineal gland, which is a small organ that’s placed in the center of the brain, is actually where the soul exists. Since the discovery, the pineal gland, which is also known as the third eye, has been a mystery. Researchers know that it controls the melatonin and that it plays an important role in modulating circadian rhythms. 

This entire idea came from a documentary, that features the work of Rick Strassman, Ph.D., and the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. 

She said that she has not heard of this and that she has worked in the field for quite a while. Strassman then said that it is just a hypothesis, and Borjigin asked if they can work together to test it. She said that, if DMT is an endogenous monoamine, it shouldn’t be difficult to detect it using a fluorescence detector. 

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Meagan Kozlovs

About the Author: Meagan Kozlovs

Meagan Kozlovs is a reporter for Debate Report. She’s worked and interned at Global News Toronto  and CHECX. Megan is based in Toronto and covers issues affecting her city. In addition to her severe milk shake addiction, she’s a Netflix enthusiast, a red wine drinker, and a voracious reader.

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