The Facts and Myths of DMT
What if you could experience existence on a different dimension? With the rise of Psychedelics in the spiritual community, many young people have become curious about the effects of hallucinogens such as DMT. Many people claim to experience elevated states of consciousness, beautiful inexplainable visuals, and even contact with higher dimensional beings. People describe that these experiences have completely cured them of their past trauma and have helped them to desire to lead a more meaningful fulfilling life. While this may seem like a beautiful experience there can be many dangers to consuming psychedelics. Is it worth the risk?
Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) is a chemical that is found in both plants and animals that produces hallucinogenic effects. For humans, DMT is released when are dying and which means when consumed as a psychedelic drug you are potentially experiencing a similar sensation of dying. Many ancient cultures use DMT derived from plants as a medicine for rituals of healing and connecting to higher dimensional beings. Thousands of people travel to South America annually to consume DMT in the form of Ayahuasca to connect to their higher self and heal physically, emotionally, and mentally. Many people (especially younger people) are beginning to leave religion and embark on a more personal spiritual journey. This means people need to really consider the risk of young people wanting to experiment with psychedelics. What are the risks and dangers of media making psychedelic use seem appealing to younger generations?
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Many people can agree that drugs are extremely bad and harmful to the body. If anything is abused including plant medicines it can have a negative effect on the body such as dependence issues and developmental delay of the brain. Many parents are growing concerned that their children may become addicted to DMT. Here are the facts. According to The Addiction centers of America, “DMT acts on serotonin receptors in a similar way to antidepressants, especially MAO inhibitors. The drug is considered a serotonin agonist. This means that people who take large amounts of DMT, or who consume the drug while taking antidepressants, are at risk of serotonin syndrome.” This essentially means the brain is flooded with too much serotonin and can not properly process it, which leads to numerous side effects. Furthermore, although the outcome of these psychedelic experiences seem positive, the first hours on DMT can be excruciating. Many people describe an intense come up of throwing up for hours on end known as purging. People also claim to experience agonizing sensations that feel like your dying as well as chest pain and high blood pressure. The risk of taking DMT is real but will it stop young people from experimenting? Likey not.
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According to A Pew Research Center survey, “80 percent of millennials believe in God and increasing numbers identify with statements like “I feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and well-being” or “I experience a deep sense of wonder about the universe.”. With spirituality rates increasing with Millenials many young people are desiring a cure for their traumas so they can lead a happy life. Through ayahuasca ceremonies, many people have found inner peace and no longer struggle to fight with their mental health issues. Furthermore, many people find that ayahuasca can help connect people on their spiritual awakening to their higher purpose and help them understand the universe or God. Ayahuasca can change your life. Kari Gomez, a Las Vegas local, has had the opportunity to experience ayahuasca at a retreat center in Peru. She stated that “I have never felt so powerful and so healed. I wake up every day with a greater appreciation of this world, life, and nature. I feel like I found my purpose, I am more creative and loving. I feel so much gratitude in life.”. From Kari’s experience when she was only 21 (now 25) she is still benefiting from her experience with ayahuasca years ago. This goes to show that the effects are not temporary but something you carry with you for years to a lifetime.
All in all, it is important to remember this is your life. Do what makes you happy and what is fulfilling to you. You make your own decisions but you have to face the consequences of your choices. Never feel pressured when it comes to your spiritual awakening. This is your personal journey. You do not need psychedelics to connect to your higher self and experience higher states of consciousness. Through mediation and mindfulness practices you can heal your traumas and connect to the being you want to become. Before considering using psychedelics assess all of the risks and how it might negatively affect your body and your brain and then decide if it is still worth it to you. Trust your intuition and continue to embark on your journey of, spirituality, self-healing, and finding your purpose whether it be with or without the help of psychedelics.