One of the more interesting things about DMT is that it exists in many plants and trees. In fact it's also in our cerebro-spinal fluid and stored in our pineal gland.
it's an extremely common alkaloid that just keeps popping up all over
the place, and seems to serve no earthly purpose other than to kick-start
us into some of the most intense and overwhelming psychedelic experiences
we could possibly imagine.
Curiously though not surprisingly, many different tribes of Indians throughout the Amazon basin have independantly figured out that there's an MAO inhibitor occuring in the Banisteriopsis vine that grows throughout the jungle.
In each geographical region however DMT occurs in a different plant. Showing considerable ingenuity and perserverance, each tribe has managed to figure out which plants contain what and as a result Ayahuasca (as it is known) is a major initiatory tool for the South American shaman.
Until recently, Western psychedelic voyagers in search of the DMT experience had to content themselves with either a rare and occasional blast of synthetic product or a long and arduous journey to the Amazon jungle.
In the last
few years however, it's become more widely known that DMT can
be quite easily extracted from a variety of common plant sources.
In Australia, this is especially so.
The reaction from police and so-called health education experts has been typically knee-jerk and ill-informed.
In point of fact, the first acacia-based DMT I ever saw (a few years back now) was produced by people who had the ingenuity to go to the Mitchell Library in Sydney and track down various scientific papers dating back as far as 1966 (that's how long this information has been in the public domain) that specified which trees and how much DMT they contained.
The chemical alchemy necessary is really just a simple, two-stage alkaloid extraction, as described in innumerable science text books... after ya bust the internet sites, officer, ya better bust every high school library in the world!
"the authorities" are shitting bricks!
If we can believe the press
reports (a statistically unlikely possibility), Australian teenagers
are smoking DMT, freaking out and "running through fields".
Presumably, this is after they've "fallen over" onto the
strategically-placed cushions, but what I really wanna know is when
does the ceremonial part happen?
The one relatively interesting and relevant point made in the whole article was that the "teens" mentioned were apparently using the drug in a "ceremonial manner"... just like the Amazon Indians.
Take a batch of typical, red-blooded Aussie teenagers, give 'em a traditional plant-based, shamanic ceremonial drug and (surprise, surprise) they wind up using it ceremonially!
I could be wrong, but I somehow feel there's a lesson in all this for the so-called "drug educators".
Needless to say, in such a climate spiritualised, ceremonial drug use quickly becomes an archaic (often persecuted) practice. By default abusive and socially destructive drug use becomes the norm. The end product of all this can be plainly seen in the current massive social problems caused by Western culture's unfortunate relationship with drugs and the authorities' ongoing attempt to control all this with repression..
What's really called for at this point in history are models for healthy drug use:- healthy for the individual, healthy for society and healthy for the planet we all share. One of the most obvious existing models is the tribal one - spiritualised, earth-based, ceremonial use of organic psychedelics.
How unfortunate then that when our teenagers (through ingenuity, evolution or propinquity) stumble on to just such a traditional model and substance, that our drug "educators" can only respond by issuing dire, hysterical warnings and comparing it to the nearest thing they can find in their own limited experience... ouija boards.
it look like?
Interestingly, in our local
corner of Australia the acacia or "wattle" tree is regarded
as a very effective "pioneer species" for forest regeneration.
The formula is strikingly simple. Take any ol' denuded cow paddock
and fill it full of wattle trees... they replenish the nitrogen in
the soil and create a canopy for the other species of trees that soon
follow. We figure that what works for a forest should also work for
Get me the hell outtahere!!!