There are many ways that DMT may be useful to modern medicine, the core of the present proposal is an assumption that one of the physiological roles of endogenous DMT (thats right DMT that occurs naturally in the body) is its protection against oxidative stress, otherwise known as hypoxia or lack of oxygen.

In hospital, oxidative stress occurs in patients who come very close to dying. If a patient's heart has stopped beating and blood is no longer being pumped to the brain, the brain becomes starved of oxygen and this can lead to brain damage. This scenario is most common when patients experience a heart attack or heart failure, usually these patients are elderly, however this can also happen in babies if the umbilical cord is trapped around the babies neck.

When oxygen is not reaching the brain the clock starts ticking and the longer the brain is starved of oxygen, the greater the chance and extent of brain damage. Our hypothesis is that DMT can extend the amount of time that the brain can survive unscathed in the absence of a steady stream of oxygen. We have already conducted research on DMT and immunology, which has shown a protective effect of DMT on cells. If our hypothesis is correct, the impact could be huge. However, first we need to do the basic research to test the effect of DMT on neuronal tissue. ...[Continue reading on Walacea]