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#1 Posted : 12/20/2013 11:52:51 PM

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Source: Daily Mail
Publication Date: December 20, 2013

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A hallucinogenic drug used in shamanic rituals in the Amazon is growing in popularity in the U.S., researchers have found.

Dimethyltryptamine, or DMT, is the active ingredient in ayahuasca, which is a plant-based mixture that can also be smoked to give users a hallucinatory 'journey' more extreme than that of LSD, ketamine or magic mushrooms.

Adam Winstock, founder of the Global Drugs Survey, claims it has 'a larger proportion of new users' compared to other powerful drugs.

This suggests 'its popularity may increase,' Winstock says in the latest issue of the Journal of Psychopharmacology, according to the Huffington Post.

The survey's findings are supported by results of another study, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, conducted by the government, which found the number of people who have used DMT at some point has shot up from an estimated 688,000 in 2006 to 1.47 million in 2012.

Male high school students were the most likely new users, Winstock found, and he says films are to blame for raising awareness about the drug.

'Mainstream interest since the release of the cult film "Enter the Void" in 2009 and the 2010 documentary "DMT: The Spirit Molecule", followed by a recent article in the influential youth magazine Vice featuring young people who had just smoked DMT will have raised awareness,' Winstock says.

The Global Drug Survey is an anonymous study that provides a rare look into the illegal drugs being used at any point in time. Because the study isn't random, it doesn't show the prevalence of certain drugs but it can show, comparatively, which ones seem to be on the rise and how their users take them.

According to the 2012 study, conducted between November and December last year, DMT offers an 'extreme hallucinatory experience' and users cite a 'bad trip' as a potential risk.
'The majority of users rated the effect of DMT as stronger than ketamine, magic mushrooms and LSD,' the article explains, adding that they call it a 'journey' rather than a trip to describe how the experience stands apart, in kind and degree, to anything else.

Ayahuasca brew is a combination of two plants that grow in South America. The first, Psychotria viridis, contains DMT which is listed as a Schedule I drug under the U.S. Controlled Substances Act. By itself, though, DMT has no real effect and requires the second plant in the brew, Banisteriopsis caapi, to enable the brain to neutralize DMT.
The brew first came to the attention of Western scientists in 1851, but Amazonian tribes have been using it as a medicinal and religious aid for centuries.

In the past decade psychedelic tourism has grown steadily, with Western tourists heading to countries like Peru, Ecuador and Brazil to experience an ayahuasca journey.


 

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#2 Posted : 12/21/2013 4:21:03 AM

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I too saw that a few days ago. Interesting as to the reported number of users. I dont really see how that can be accurate. Sounds...kind of inflated lol.
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#3 Posted : 12/21/2013 6:07:20 AM

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I never really know how to feel when I read these things. Obviously I find it frustrating when journalists wildly misrepresent psychedelics. But I guess I'm ambivalent towards reports that say the use of DMT and the use of other psychedelics are on the rise.

On the one hand, I think there are a lot of people in the world who could benefit a great deal from responsible use of psychedelics. So in that regard, I'm glad that psychedelics might be becoming more available to some of those people.

But on the other hand, increased availability often means an increase in irresponsible/reckless use and abuse of the plants and compounds which are so sacred to some of us. If history has taught us anything on the subject, it's the fact that when abuse (especially by high school-aged kids) starts to rise, the hands that thieve almost always retaliate. Often this manifests as new legislation. "To protect the children", or something ridiculous like that... So in that regard, articles like this worry me.
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#4 Posted : 12/21/2013 7:09:56 AM

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good.
maybe the momentum from marijuana legalization will spread to dmt.
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#5 Posted : 12/21/2013 11:22:32 AM

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Oh great, the Daily Fail have caught wind of our sacred molecule Thumbs down This is most likely a bad thing, they are an abhorent 'Shock! Horror! What about the children?! Immigrants are trying to drug your lovely white babies!' sort of rag. Hopefully they lose interest.
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HumbleTraveler
#6 Posted : 12/23/2013 5:24:12 PM

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Ya hopefully something like this doesnt really get enough steam behind it to breach the surface.
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