DMT: The Life Saving Medicine Of The Future?
DMT is lovingly branded by psychonauts across the globe as the most potent hallucinogen known to man. But science thinks it could have another use.
DMT is famous throughout many cultures as being a potent tool in spiritual growth, healing, and development. The psychedelic insights it can offer as the world’s most potent hallucinogen makes it a much sought after drug, for both those looking to explore within themselves and grow, as well as those who want to strap in for one of the strongest recreational trips they will ever go on.
However, this insightful psychedelic could potentially have a much greater set of applications, including saving lives. This is what a group of scientists are hoping to explore in their proposed research, in which they hypothesise that DMT allows the brain to survive longer without oxygen, potentially giving doctors and paramedics more time to revive people when they enter clinical death.
“Our main tenet is that DMT is involved in the healing and regeneration of cells; it helps the body to survive extreme stress like clinical death,” writes Ede Frecska, one of the lead researchers. “Our group has already provided experimental support of this concept in the field of immunology.”
WHAT IS CLINICAL DEATH?
Basically, clinical death is defined as when the heart stops beating, preventing oxygen being delivered to the brain. During clinical death, a person has can be revived, and has a low chance of brain damage. After about 5 minutes of no oxygen, a person reaches terminal death. Once terminally dead, that is pretty much it, and should the person be revived, they are likely to suffer serious brain damage.
By prolonging the brains resistance to oxygen deprivation, the window of clinical death could be extended, giving medical professionals a much better chance of saving someone’s life. This means DMT could potentially become an indispensable tool in the ambulances and emergency rooms of the future.
The group are currently undergoing an Indiegogo campaign to try and raise the funds they require for the research. According to their supporting video, “In response to a life threatening situation, the lungs can synthesize large amounts of DMT and release it into the arterial blood within seconds. Since the heart has made its last systolic contractions, the brain does not have much time.”
The main hypothesis is that when DMT arrives at the brain, it tells neurons to reduce their energy consumption, thus buying extra time.
Of course, this is all just theory right now, but one firmly grounded within science. If they can obtain the funding, and find positive results, a lot more extensive research is going to be required. However, whilst this research will not lead to immediate practical use, it is a defining moment in the field. It is the key to unlocking a whole area of study, and will act as the foundation for all future research into the area. It is of vital importance. Let’s hope they get the funding, and results they need. You can find out more about the research, and the many testimonials they have received from other scientist in the field, here at their Indiegogo page.
Note: we are not affiliated or endorsed by these researchers. We just wish to see the field of science furthered for the benefit of us all. This research has the potential to one day save countless lives.