Monday, June 2, 2014
So, dimethyltryptamine is a thing. I remember watching part of a documentary on Netflix about it and since we've been talking about the nervous system recently, I thought it could be kind of relevant. It's a hallucinogenic found in plants and in trace amounts in humans(!) and other mammals where it is derived from tryptophan (an essential amino acid). It is analogous to serotonin, melatonin, and other psychedelic tryptamines. Depending on how much is administered, it can apparently have some pretty intense effects where people under the influence of it experience encounters with spiritual beings and realms. It is, however, super illegal.