DMT Found in the Pineal Gland of Live Rats
The source of the natural occurring DMT within the body has long been debated. Recent research is beginning to shed light on it though, and has the potential to give us a better understanding of this drug and the role it plays within the body.
DMT has long been a hallucinogenic compound shrouded in mystery. Many believe that it is created within the pineal gland within the brain; but up until very recently, there has been very little evidence to support the claim. As a result, the notion has largely been debated, even cast aside. That is until now however. New research has found DMT in the pineal gland of live rats, shaking opposing arguments, and opening up the way for more detailed research.
DMT and scientific research
DMT is one of the strongest hallucinogen known to man. What’s more, it is completely natural and occurs naturally within the human body. Endogenous DMT (DMT that has been created within the body), was first discovered in 1965 by German researchers F. Franzen and H. Gross within the blood and urine samples of humans. While their results were largely dismissed due to criticisms of the methods they had used, later studies largely confirmed their findings, and added more discoveries, such as DMT found in the liver of rabbits.
In more recent history, the leading authority on clinical DMT research, Dr. Rick Stassman, wrote a book called “Eros and the Pineal: The Layman's Guide to Cerebral Solitaire”. Within it he outlined how he strongly suspected that a natural enzyme that occurred within the pineal gland was responsible for breaking down serotonin into potent hallucinogens, such as DMT. He even goes on to hypothesise that the brain creates DMT every night during sleep, and it is the reason we dream. What this means is that our dream are literally psychedelic hallucinations. Of course, this was all theory based on a hunch - it has become widely accepted by many people, but Strassman has very little evidence to back it up. Until now that is.
DMT, the Pineal Gland and Rats
Work published this year by Cottonwood Research outlines how they not only found DMT within the pineal glands of rats, but also argued that this is where it had been created. It is a breakthrough in the science of consciousness and a great boon the previous hypotheses of Dr. Stassman. The paper has been published in the journal Biomedical Chromatography and is available online.
It should be noted that the pineal gland has long been associated with spiritual awakening, an idea not newly proposed by Dr. Strassman. René Descartes, the famous french philosopher, thought the pineal gland to be the „seat of the soul“. Also other ancient cultures, such as the Greek and Egyptian each had their take on the gland. In fact, many myths surround the pineal gland, which is also said to be the physical counterpart of the third eye, or Ajna chakra in hindu philosophy.