Should DMT be legalized?

Posted by: TheBigthink

DMT, is an illegal, psychedelic tryptamine compound found in the human body. When injected into the body, subjects have claimed to hallucinate within 10 seconds of taking it. They have reported to have visited other dimensions, spoke with aliens and even communicated with the dead. There are no long term side effects of this drug, as of now, it is currently illegal.

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triangle.128k says2016-06-15T23:55:52.3092271Z
@reece Heroin? Are you crazy, what is heroin going to do besides f*ck you up?
Kreakin says2016-06-16T00:06:37.3774676Z
If all drugs were legal then some one would make synthetic super drugs. Where would the capitalist dream stop..
reece says2016-06-16T02:12:25.9264262Z
@triangle.128k Read what I said again.
reece says2016-06-16T02:15:06.0146524Z
Having heroin clinics would clean up the streets. http://sciencenordic.com/heroin-clinics-improve-addicts-lives
boognish says2016-06-16T03:53:34.9053330Z
@triangle.128 - The more potential harm a substance can cause, the more society would benefit from legalization and regulation. Look at how simple decriminalization of all drugs has helped Portugal with its drug problem. Removing the organized crime element through full legalization and the regulation of production, trade, and use would be even more beneficial to society as a whole.
triangle.128k says2016-06-16T04:03:47.8879209Z
@boognish I am for drug decriminalization or legalization, it's just that I thought reece was saying heroin use wasn't bad.
boognish says2016-06-16T04:24:04.7113209Z
@triangle.128 - Ahh, ok
Wallstreetatheist says2017-03-18T08:08:43.5215977Z
Strassman's book included these observations, discoveries, and speculations: 1. DMT is "the simplest psychedelic" and "exists in all of our bodies and occurs throughout the plant and animal kingdoms. It is a part of the normal makeup of humans and other mammals; marine animals; grasses and peas; toads and frogs; mushrooms and molds; and barks, flowers, and roots." 2. "Compared to other molecules, DMT is rather small. Its weight is 188 'molecular units,' meaning that it is not significantly larger than glucose, the simplest sugar in our bodies, which weighs 180." 3. "Twenty-five years ago, Japanese scientists discovered that the brain actively transports DMT across the blood-brain barrier into its tissues. I know of no other psychedelic drug that the brain treats with such eagerness. This is a startling fact that we should keep in mind when we recall how readily biological psychiatrists dismissed a vital role for DMT in our lives. If DMT were only an insignificant, irrelevant by-product of our metabolism, why does the brain go out of its way to draw it into its confines?" 4. "Once the body produces or takes in DMT, certain enzymes break it down within seconds. These enzymes, called monoamine oxidases (MAO), occur in high concentrations in the blood, liver, stomach, brain, and intestines. The widespread presence of MAO is why DMT effects are so short-lived. Whenever and wherever it appears, the body makes sure it is used up quickly." 5. The pineal gland—which is "unique in its solitary status in the brain," in that all the other parts of the brain are paired—may be where DMT is produced in the human body: "The most general hypothesis is that the pineal gland produces psychedelic amounts of DMT at extraordinary times in our lives." 6. The pineal gland of older life forms, like lizards, is called "the 'third' eye" and has a lens, cornea, and retina. As life evolved, the pineal moved deeper into the brain. Finally: "The human pineal gland is not actually part of the brain. Rather, it develops from specialized tissues in the roof of the fetal mouth. From there it migrates to the center of the brain, where it seems to have the best seat in the house." 7. The pineal gland "becomes visible in the developing fetus" at forty-nine days, The Tibetan Book of the Dead "teaches that it takes forty-nine days for the soul of the recently dead to 'reincarnate,'" and forty-nine days, Strassman wrote, is "nearly exactly the moment in which one can clearly see the first indication of male or female gender." The DMT trials resulted in an unexpectedly high number of encounters with entities in seemingly "freestanding, independent levels of existence." Strassman wrote he was "neither intellectually nor emotionally prepared for the frequency with which contact with beings occurred in our studies, nor the often utterly bizarre nature of these experiences. Neither, it seemed, were many of the volunteers, even those who had smoked DMT previously." These beings were described as "Jokers," "clowns," "the entities or whatever they are," "DMT elves," "cartoonlike people," "some presence [which] was not hostile, just somewhat annoyed and brusque," "aliens," "guides, "helpers," "reptiles," "mantises," "bees," "spiders," "cacti," and "stick figures." When participants opened their eyes, the reality of the DMT space overlapped with the hospital room they were in, they reported. One of the more shocking experiences was by a volunteer named, in the book, Ken. It's not a representative experience, but I include it here as a kind of counterpoint—equally appalling but wholly different in other ways—to McKenna's experiences. Notice that, in both accounts, the experience lasts only five minutes.

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