Scientists have turned up inside the brain to show how taking DMT gets into human consciousness by significantly altering the electrical activity in the brain. DMT is one of the main psychoactive components in ayahuasca, the psychedelic scheme traditionally created from vines and leaves of the Amazon rainforest. The drink is prepared typically as a part of a shamanic ceremony and connected with strange and vivid visions of hallucinations. The latest study is the first to display how the powerful psychedelic changes the waking brain waves with researchers assimilating its powerful effects to dreaming while awake. The work, driven by researchers from the Centre for Psychedelic Research at Imperial College London and published in the journal Scientific Reports on 19th November 2019, can help to set out why people are taking DMT and ayahuasca experience severe visual imagery and immersive waking dream-like experiences.
DMT is a naturally happening chemical found in minuscule amounts in the human brain but also more massive quantities in some plant species across the world. The number of people who have taken DMT report acute visual hallucinations often associated with intense emotional experiences and even breakthroughs into what users narrate as a substitute reality or propagation. But scientists are interested in applying the powerful psychoactive composite for research as it generates comparatively short but severe psychedelic experiences, proving a window for gathering data on brain activity when consciousness is altered profoundly. In the latest study, the proud team held EEG measures from healthy participants in a clinical setting, in a placebo-controlled design.
A total of thirteen people was provided an intravenous infusion of DMT at the National Institute for Health Research Imperial Clinic Research Facility. Volunteers were fitted with electrodes to measure the electrical activity of the brain before, during, and after their imposition, with the peak of the psychedelic experience lasting about 10 minutes. Analysis disclosed that DMT altered significantly electrical activity in the brain, characterized by a marked drop off in alpha waves. Researchers also have found a short-lived rise in brainwaves typically connected with dreaming.