Do aliens exist? If so, how long have they existed? Humans have been asking these questions for ages. Another related question is whether or not humans can make contact with extraterrestrials. One drug, however, has prompted people to wonder whether it is possible to speak with aliens directly. It is a psychedelic drug called dimethyltryptamine (DMT). Interesting enough, the human body produces DMT naturally, but scientists are not sure why.
DMT was popular in the 1970s. Businesspeople often used the drug during lunch breaks in hopes that it would produce hallucinations that would take them to another world. Such effects would fade off after a half hour, however, letting them get back to the daily grind of their job, which helped give DMT the nickname “the businessman’s trip.”
One psychiatric researcher, Rick Strassman, has gone to great lengths to see if not only the drug takes you out of your body, but also allows people to speak with extraterrestrials. Strassman researched at the University of New Mexico how elevated levels of DMT in the brain might allow one to participate in unexplained phenomena such as alien contact, mystical experiences, and near-death experiences.
Strassman said that DMT users believed they could contact aliens. It could be a reason these users of DMT may need help from a non faith based drug rehab. He has stated that people using the drug believed that the worlds they visited and the entities they encountered while on the drug were very real. He said that he asked himself, “What if these were real worlds, and real entities? Where would they reside, and why would they care to interact with us?” He ultimately concluded that just “because we can’t prove these ideas right now (lacking the proper technology) doesn’t mean they should be dismissed out of hand as incorrect.”
Writing in the Santa Cruz Patch, David Jay Brown suggested Strassman’s work could be the beginning of new forms of exploration. “Strassman’s work could mark the beginning of a new scientific field that systematically explores the possibility of communicating with higher dimensional entities.” Others have questioned Strassman’s findings, however.
Scott A. McGreal, writing in Psychology Today, noted that “One of the most remarkable features of the DMT experience is the frequency with which users encounter non-human intelligences, often resembling aliens,” McGreal said. He acknowledged that DMT users are convinced these aliens are real. Yet, while acknowledging Strassman’s work in the field, McGreal stated that psychological factors and other conditions, not DMT use, might be likelier causes of these visions and communications.
The work of Strassman raises some interesting questions as to whether humans can encounter aliens using drugs or other means. If they use drugs, it may lead to their needing assistance from a non faith based drug rehab. Perhaps further research and technological advances can help prove whether Strassman or McGreal’s beliefs are indeed valid.
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