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Measuring DMT Formation in Humans

(Here is a printer friendly version of this article in PDF format.)

It’s not an all or nothing aspect of life.

Ingesting one “shot” of alcohol has significantly different physical effects on a person compared to ingesting 8 “shots”. The same goes for ingesting a cannabis edible equivalent of 10mg THC versus an 80mg THC dose. This thought process can extend to virtually anything in life… consuming one chicken drumstick vs. eight drumsticks, sleeping one hour vs. eight hours, spending one hour in the sun vs. eight hours, etc. It would seem rather silly to focus solely on the effects of only high-end doses while discarding the varying effects that take place between the low and top end.

In Dr. Rick Strassman’s study outlined in his book “DMT: The Spirit Molecule” there were five different doses (0.05mg/kg, 0.1mg/kg, 0.2mg/kg, 0.3mg/kg, and 0.4mg/kg) administered to the majority of

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The Sleep Cycle vs. the “Wim Hof Method”

Let me be clear that this is not a competition between the sleep cycle and the “Wim Hof Method” but rather a basic comparison of both.

Sleep cycles consist of five phases labeled as stages 1, 2, 3, 4, and REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep. Stage 1 is considered the beginning of the sleep cycle which is perceived as “light sleep” in which we drift in and out of sleep and can be awakened easily. Stage 2 is characterized as a further increase of slow wave production in the brain and deeper sleep with occasional bursts of rapid waves called sleep spindles. In Stage 3, the slowest brain waves (delta) begin to show their formation interspersed with smaller, faster waves. Stage 4 consists of delta waves exclusively. Both Stages 3 and 4 are characterized as “deep sleep” in which it’s difficult to wake a person. The next stage is REM sleep which we characterize as our predominant “dream” state.

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PDF Version of Q4LT Series

I’ve had numerous requests regarding a printer-friendly version of these blog posts in order for people to be able to read them offline.

I’ve included the 6-part series of DMT & Gamma Waves as well as the Wild Theories Series and interviews with Dr. Rick Strassman and Dr. Steven Barker in the pdf. The entire document is 135 pages and can be found here. In an attempt to alleviate unnecessary excess in printing paper, I have eliminated many pictures associated with each post. Unfortunately this might alter a person’s ability to grasp some of the more outlandish concepts presented in the document.

Feel free to save and share the PDF with whomever you dare to do so.

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The Heart-Brain Connection & DMT

This could have been squeezed into the “Wild Theories” series but I forgot so consider this an “add-on”.

The scientific community looks at the brain as though it is the definitive generator of thought and subsequent actions carried out by the body. It’s not illogical as the concentration of neurons in the brain (100 billion) is by far the most concentrated found within the body. However, while it may sound a bit cheesy to think about the heart in terms of intelligence, there are some intriguing findings as it pertains to this mass of beating muscle located within the chest cavity. While the heart lacks the neuronal density of the brain, it has been cited to house about 40,000 neurons.

In 2002, the Journal of Near-Death Studies published a study in which heart transplant recipients were evaluated in terms of changes to their personalities that parallel that of the donors. The study

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Wild Theories about DMT & Gamma Waves (Part 4)

We’ve come to the “End of the Road” as they say.

This will be the final installment of “Wild Theories” as we wrap up the implausible methodology of thought we have presented to the public.

DMT is a conundrum within itself as being an endogenous hallucinogenic compound makes little logical sense. If we are to believe that evolution has provided the natural selection for the optimization of the multitude of species we know today, it is difficult to make the case that hallucinatory compounds assist in the proliferation and survival of a species. That is… unless DMT serves a greater innate purpose than providing “visions” for the hundreds of plants and dozens of animals it has been found to subside in. We must remain cognizant that there are levels to everything and DMT is no different. In Dr. Rick Strassman’s book he meticulously provided some framework for this as he would administer 5

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Wild Theories about DMT & Gamma Waves (Part 3)

So far in this “Wild Theories” series, we’ve covered about 8 points that we believe might be pertinent to discuss as it pertains to DMT & Gamma Wave formation. In Part 1, we looked at the perceived “subconscious to superconscious” coupling of slow and fast waves, the electrical current direction of the brain affecting the body, the apparent coherence of brain hemispheres & it’s implications, and how much of this ties into the “mystical” healing properties of reported spiritual “gurus”. In Part 2 we speculated regarding precise neural correlates within the body, the proposed engineering of “spontaneous, miraculous” healing, and even touched upon the man known as “The Sleeping Prophet” Edgar Cayce.

Now it’s time to get a little more wild…

9. Sprouting Buds
This is likely the strangest theory in this series as there will be no direct scientific studies to support any of it

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Wild Theories about DMT & Gamma Waves (Part 2)

Theories, theories, and more theories…

Maybe life within itself is just a “theory”.

Nevertheless, let us continue our theoretical journey of connecting dots and attempting to explain some of the strange occurrences surrounding DMT & Gamma waves. (Warning: Lengthy read)

6. Neurons in the brain and specific correlates throughout the body?
In 2005, the journal Nature published a study in which it was observed that a single neuron in the brain correlated to the recognition of a specific person/face. It is most famously known as the “Halle Berry Cell” which supports the theory of the “Grandmother Cell” (a hypothetical neuron that represents a complex but specific concept or object). Here is an excerpt from the write-up:

“Various pictures of Jennifer Aniston elicited a response in a single neuron inside the medial temporal lobe of another patient. Interestingly, images of her with her

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Wild Theories about DMT & Gamma Waves (Part 1)

It’s been quite the ride thus far with the topics covered and the studies cited.

It appears as though a few additional fields of discussion could have been touched upon but the scientific literature as it pertains to EEG data in regards to those topics are limited at best. However, being already “knee deep” in the field of the “supernormal”, we will touch upon a few eye-raising topics in the second half of this piece.

Let’s touch upon a few points/theories that we believe are key takeaways from this 6-part series. Some of them will be considered to be “way out on a limb” in terms of speculation while others would be considered a bit more modest.

1. Subconscious to Superconscious?
There appears to be a “rubber band-effect” when it comes to predominant brain wave states. What we mean by this is that the slower the dominant wave becomes, the greater the potential of the faster

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Gamma Waves, DMT, “Supernormal”, & Wim Hof (Part 6)

So far we’ve covered quite an array of topics that seem to coincide with Gamma Waves and potentially endogenous DMT synthesis.

We have “Aha!” moments, lucid dreaming, sleep paralysis, electrically induced lucid dreaming, “Out of Body Experiences”, REM Sleep, meditation, deep hypnosis (& subsequent anomalistic effects), “Past Life Recollection”, hypnagogia, “Near Death Experiences”, Deja Vu, “Psychic Mediumship”, & “The God Helmet” experiences. We’ve also included the EEG findings from Ayahuasca administration as well as DMT ingestion.

Let’s continue down the bunny hole of analyzation of commonalities amongst the “supernormal”… “paranormal”… or whatever you’d like to label it as.

Like we stated in Part 3, the creator of the original EEG machine was a man named Hanz Berger. He developed the device in order to quantify what he believed to be the ability of humans to communicate

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Gamma Waves, DMT, NDE’s, “The God Helmet”, & Déjà vu (Part 5)

In Part 4 we delved into the concept of Hypnagogia and how some of the greatest minds in modern history (Edison, Tesla, Newton) credit this altered state of being for their increased levels of creativity. We also took a look at some of the side effects the hypnagogic state known as sleep paralysis and the phenomena recognized as the “Out of Body Experience”.

One of the more well known phenomena in medical circles as it pertains to an “OBE” is when a patient claims to have seen their body from “up above themselves” during traumatic physiological conditions. This is generally classified as an “NDE” or near death experience.

A 2013 study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences outlined the activity of the rat brain following cardiac arrest (heart attack). The findings were as follows:

“We identified a transient surge of synchronous gamma oscillations that occurred

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