Revisiting the Schizophrenia-DMT Relationship
Schizophrenia is formally classified as a mental disorder in which a person has “lost touch with reality”. Some of the symptoms of schizophrenia are categorized as hallucinatory phenomena (both audio and visual), delusions, and unusual ways of thinking. It’s considered to be an illness that is debilitating to the person as it hampers their ability to live a “normal” life.
A 2005 review in the journal Medical Hypothesis presents the history of endogenous DMT research and the proposed link between the molecule and mental disturbances including schizophrenia. A few studies in the 1970s observed greater urinary excretion of DMT amongst schizophrenic patients compared to controls. However, follow up studies found inconsistencies in this transpiration and the DMT-schizophrenia link has largely been discarded in favor of the “dopamine hypothesis”.
While much of the focus as it pertains to...
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