July 19, 2022

DMT, 5-MeO, and psychedelic entity encounters

In this episode of the Psychedelic Therapy Frontiers podcast, Dr. Steve Thayer and Dr. Reid Robison discuss the psychedelic Dimethyltryptamine (DMT).  DMT and similar psychedelics have been used by indigenous peoples for healing, development, and spiritual purposes for thousands of years. Western science is now exploring how this molecule might be used to treat modern mental health conditions.

(1:24) Terence McKenna
(3:35) What is DMT?
(5:41) Ayahuasca
(6:36) Similarities between the DMT and psilocybin experience
(7:45) Hamilton Morris and Dr. Mark Plotkin on The Tim Ferriss Show
(8:18) 5-MeO-DMT and the Sonoran Desert toad
(14:15) Studies on the mystical experience and improved life satisfaction
(18:03) Potential relationship between duration of psychedelic experience and the potential for a “bad trip”
(21:28) Is the psychedelic experience necessary for the therapeutic effect?
(21:58) DMT “entities”
(23:18) Steve's DMT experience 
(27:41) Reid's ayahuasca experience
(31:48) The exercise of surrender
(36:15) Risks of DMT use
(47:55) Spirit Pharmacist 
(51:28) DMT clinical trials and therapeutic potential compared to other psychedelics  

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