The DMT project was founded on cutting edge brain science.
The name "Grateful Dead" was chosen from the dictionary. Some claim it was a Funk & Wagnalls, others, the Bardo Thodol (Tibetan Book Of the Dead), but according to Phil Lesh, in his biography (pp. 62), "...Jer (Garcia) picked up an old Britannica World Language Dictionary...(and)...In that silvery elf-voice he said to me, 'Hey, man, how about the Grateful Dead?'" The definition there was "A song meant to show a lost soul to the other side." According to the Garcia biography, Captain Trips by Sandy Troy, the band was smoking the psychedelic DMT at the time.
However there is a very interesting study that took place in Leipzig about 15 years ago. Jochen Gartz, a mushroom explorer whom I know quite well, has done some fascinating studies with Psilocybe species by raising them on solid media containing strange tryptamines that are alien to the mushroom. Apparently the enzymes that are responsible for the 4-hydroxy group of psilocin are indifferent to what it is they choose to 4-hydroxylate. He has taken things like DPT or DIPT and put them in the growth media and the fruiting bodies that came out contain 4-hydroxy-DPT or 4-hydroxy-DIPT instead of psilocin. In fact, he has a patent on the process. These active compounds are made by the mushroom so they really are natural and yet they never have been observed in nature. I'll give you even odds that if you put spores of a psilocybe species on cow droppings loaded with 5-MeO-DMT you would come out with mushrooms containing 4,5-HO-MeO-DMT. This way you avoid a 10 step synthesis by growing a psychoactive mushroom that contains no illegal drug.
prostyle: From what I understand, DMT really does put you "out of this world", for lack of a better term. You might get "out of your head" on LSD or a heroic dose of Shrooms, but you really don't ever "trip" to the point of your entire living arrangements vanishing out of sight and into the tumultuous scene of universal creation; matter and antimatter dancing in the golden sea of chaos as you functionally cease to exist (drop the pipe, drop your bowels, etc)
Liquidwolf: "if you wanna get fucked and see the mechanical elves, thats cool. find me some too! -but don't play like you're solving inner mysteries. You're much better off sitting quietly and meditating."You can do more inner solving in 5 mins with DMT than 25 years of meditating in the holiest Ash Ram in Shangri La.
This square idea of meditating as being the only way, is niave. Why not take the express train?
"if you wanna get fucked and see the mechanical elves, thats cool. find me some too! -but don't play like you're solving inner mysteries. You're much better off sitting quietly and meditating."
Damn. Now I REALLY want to try this stuff. You are a "gateway." When the ask me why I was running down the freeway naked with a home made flint spear - your name is coming up.
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