Drugs may change minds


Hugo Jauregui

Tyler Goucher, Reporter

Our minds are often plagued with thoughts and memories that have the ability to confuse and hinder our day-to-day processes. Depression and anxiety can result from our inability to cope with these interferences, which can lead to people hurting themselves or in some extreme cases, committing suicide.

I am an advocate of using hallucinogenic drugs to help people deal with certain psychological problems that other drugs or treatment programs have failed to cure. Not that a mushroom trip is going to make whatever it is that haunts you disappear from your memory, but it might help you confront your issues head on.

In my experience with experimenting with hallucinogens, I realized just how powerful these substances could be when it comes to the human psyche and the concept of self.

Without any preconceived notions of what it was going to be like, at age 19, I tried a drug called Salvia. Upon exhalation, I was catapulted into a bizarre two-dimensional trip that had little to no meaning to me in the state of mind that I was in at the time. What it did do to me though, was open my mind and broaden my perspective when it came to what these hallucinogens were capable of doing.

After my first experience with Salvia, I became increasingly interested in other hallucinogens and thus began my journey into my own brain. From cannabis to psilocybin mushrooms to lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) and to many others, my mind has been expanded and my understanding of self and the meaning of life has evolved into something that is only describable to those who have had similar experiences.

One hallucinogen that changed my life more than any one before it was Dimethyltryptamine, or DMT. After having researched DMT for a couple years and reading several trip reports on websites like erowid.org, I felt like it was an experience I needed to have.

To give a little bit of a back-story on DMT, it is considered to be the most potent and extreme hallucinogen known to man. With roots that go back thousands of years to indigenous tribes making a concoction known as Ayahuasca, the chemicals that make up DMT are believed to exist in every living organism on planet earth. In other words, many believe that we harvest DMT inside of our own brains. Now people have speculated on what this actually means, but after years of research and my multiple experiences with DMT, my theory is that DMT is what induces dreams when we enter our REM during the sleep cycle.

So dreams are really just subconscious hallucinations caused by the release of a chemical that is harvested in the pineal gland in the center of our brain. I know it sounds crazy, but then again it’s just a theory.

Going back to what I actually experienced while under the influence of DMT, everything that I had done before paled in comparison to the sheer madness of the trips that this insane substance made me have. First off, there was no wait time to the blast off.