DMT, an active compound of the psychedelic Ayahuasca, is naturally occurring in the mammalian brain, researchers have discovered. The study revealed DMT levels increased significantly in the rat visual cortex following cardiac arrest.
DMT alters electrical activity in the brain. The compound significantly decreases alpha wave activity, the dominant rhythm associated with wakefulness, and increases theta waves, associated with dreaming. Overall brain activity becomes more chaotic and less predictable. The findings advance the understanding of the neurobiological underpinnings of immersive states of consciousness.
Used to help treat mental health conditions, and improve spirituality, the plant-based psychoactive ayahuasca is becoming more popular. Researchers say there is a high rate of adverse physical and psychological effects from using ayahuasca although they are not generally severe.
A new study reports people who have used a classic psychedelic are significantly less likely to commit a crime or indulge in criminal behavior. However, use of other controlled substances is linked to an increased risk of criminal behavior, researchers report.
As interest in using psychedelics to treat a range of mental health disorders grows, researchers consider the impact and therapeutic benefits of using psychedelics to help alleviate symptoms of depression.