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Have any of you taken DMT, or ayahuasca, and if so, what was your experience?

Asked by Ladymia69 (6867 points ) February 2nd, 2011

I have been immersed in reading about and viewing information about this drug today, and was especially intrigued by the National Geographic writer’s article about her experience with it (found here).

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jca's avatar

I would be scared. I would be very, very scared.

Ladymia69's avatar

Sweet ica, I think that is the point of using it, to hurdle over those fears and come back to life. Did you read the article? Give it a whirl.

kenmc's avatar

I don’t have any personal experiences to draw from, but I thought this may be of some interest to you.

Ladymia69's avatar

Ahhhh, yes…I have visited the Erowid vaults many a time back in the day…thanks for the reunion, kenmc!

wundayatta's avatar

Have you tried it, @ladymia69? To be honest, I hadn’t heard anything about it up until around a year ago. I know it’s not for me. I’m crazy enough as it is. My mind would not survive in a useful form for all the people I love. I might or might not achieve some new awarenesses, but I don’t think they would be worth it.

I prefer to do my mind-bending without ingesting substances. Dance really works for me. Actually, I am lying a bit. I do use drugs to “unbend” my mind. My bent mind was a very exciting place to be, but it is such an intense place that gets so high and so depressed in turns, that it would burn me up very quickly. It’s hard enough keeping that pile of incendiaries from starting a fire on its own. Throwing a match in deliberately—well, it would sure burn hot. And short.

So what was it like for you?

buster's avatar

Ive smoked DMT a few times. Its pretty wild. I flew throug the universe. I saw vines growing over pyramids. I encountered jaguars and Buddha and hindu princesses. Definitely the strongest psychedelic experience i have ever had. Imagine being shot out of a catapult through the cosmos.

Ladymia69's avatar

I myself have never done it, and if i did, it would not be at all for recreation, but for spiritual cleansing, or “ultimate therapy” as one of my firends called it. I have read that the brain releases huge natural reserves of DMT at the moment of death (or the moment the body thinks it is dying) and therefore this chemical has an incredible synthesis with death itself. How interesting is that?!

Ladymia69's avatar

As in: our brains and bodies actually have reserves of DMT that we cannot touch until the moment of death…weird, man….

the_sherpa's avatar

This is a quite serious induced experience. It can be life changingly good and it can be intensely bad, and surprisingly, it can be neutral. The environment you’re in is crucial. Safe space, with trusted people who are supporting and loving you. I speak from personal experience.

I have a question for you – Is this something you’re interested in doing personally? If so, what is your attraction to this? If you were to take it, what are you looking to experience or gain from it?

Also, if this is something you are pursuing, please be very careful of the quality and source. Home made stuff can be relatively mild, and it can also be dirty and unsafe.

I’d love to hear back from you.

Ladymia69's avatar

I am interested in doing it, and my attraction stemmed from reading about it over the years, and then a spark ignited when I read the article ( I linked it on my question above). As far as what I am looking to experience from it, I don’t know. I have always been told with hallucinogens and such to not go into it with expectations. I am hoping to use it to tackle some serious issues I have. Traumas that have been experienced.

the_sherpa's avatar

@ladymia69, have you done other substances and found them useful for processing thru traumas? I have, and do, but I find this to be a skill set that i have developed over time. I have witnessed people doing substances who really were not getting anything from the experience, or who shouldn’t have been doing them.

Also, do you potentially have support for this kind of experience, or is this something you’d attack solo?

No expectations is a great way to approach hallucinogens, you’ve been given good advice.
= )

However, there are some things that would be good for you to know, what general sort of stuff to expect, and how to deal with various things that could happen.

Ladymia69's avatar

I’ve had a good deal of drug experience from my youth. I’ve never used them to process trauma. Which is my worst fear about all this…with my collective experience having doine drugs to just get high, I wonder if this will “work” for me.

the_sherpa's avatar

Something to consider might be to smoke some good quality herb, and see if you are able to use this to process something that’s “up” for you right now. Maybe not some super big trauma (but maybe), and notice what that’s like for you.

I used to get high just to get high, and now I find that a small amount of herb really helps me “drop in” to process through things. I find that being in a quiet space, maybe with chill music, maybe without, and stretching or doing things that get me in my body really work well for me. I pretty much can’t smoke without “dropping in” nowadays, which i think is great. I generally think altered states should be entered into with intention and not done casually.

Anyhow, herb could be a good way to find out how you process, and to get your bearings in dropping into things and processing them, before going for something big like that. It seems like you have an intuition about using DMT to get through some big stuff in your life, and I would certainly pay attention to that, and it also doesn’t mean you have to jump in to the deep end of the pool before wading around a bit with your floaties in the kiddie pool. = )

Please understand that I am not recommending that you do anything illegal, and please follow your own judgement with any activities. You will always know what’s best for yourself.

Ladymia69's avatar

No, I have had my day with mary jane, and lots of other drugs. I am not going into this blindly, Pot makes me paranoid, self-conscious, and leaves my mental space flighty and getting nothing done.

I think hallucinogens have a really good track record of helping to unburden. The whole thing about the tour I am thinking about taking (Blue Morpho Tours) is that there are experienced guides to help you through it. I could not possibly guide myself through a trip at this point in my life.

the_sherpa's avatar

Ah, I see.

Yes, reputable guides are vital.

It sounds like you know yourself, and what will and won’t work for you, which is awesome.
I can only imagine that doing something like this will be a significant milestone in your life, and it’s hard to imagine regretting it .. i’ve interviewed a fair number of old folks about their lives, and when I ask what regrets they have, they always say they regret things they didn’t do, and almost never regret things they did do.

I try to live my life remembering that. = )

Best of fortune to you on your journeys, altered or otherwise.

I invite you to make this your best year yet.

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