You’ve probably heard quite a bit about the drug DMT. It was popularized in a pioneering book called MT: The Spirit Molecule and a documentary of the same name. DMT is a psychedelic compound of the tryptamine family that resembles the basic structure of neurotransmitters and causes powerful hallucinations. It is popularly known for producing the same chemical reaction that is said to happen when you die and in smaller amounts while you dream. The hallucinations that result are markedly different than those produced by any other drug. Namely, a shockingly large percentage of DMT users, including many scientists, have reported experiencing or communicating with aliens or extra-dimensional entities while on the drug.
The author of DMT: The Spirit Molecule, Rick Strassman, reported that nearly half of the DMT users he studied observed themselves in realms inhabited by intelligent “beings”, “entities”, “aliens”, “guides”, and “helpers”. These entities appeared in different ways for different people, but most often as “clowns, reptiles, mantises, bees, spiders, cacti, and stick figures.” Legendary ethnobotanist Terrence McKenna described the entities as “self-transforming machine elves.” There are no other psychedelic drugs that produce such a consistent presence of external sentient beings.
In an interview, Strassman describes the different experiences of the ‘beings’:
“Sometimes they were humanoid, sometimes they were insectoid, sometimes they were reptilian, and sometimes plant-like. They were more or less aware of the volunteers. Oftentimes they seemed to be expecting the volunteers and were glad to see them, and then began interacting with them. Other times they seemed surprised and angry that the volunteers’ consciousness, at the very least, had intruded upon the sphere of activity of that particular being. Sometimes the volunteers were treated or experimented on. Sometimes they experienced some type of sexual intercourse with the beings. Some were told scenarios of the future. Others were marked somehow or another for future reference in a way. Others showered light and love onto them. Others were guides to lead them to some other place, like through a tunnel leading to a typical near death or mystical experience.