Psychedelics from Toads to Cure Depression?
Researchers have discovered a psychedelic in the venom of Bufo Alvarius toads that leads to an improvement in anxiety and depression.
The psychadelic – 5-methocy-N,-N-dimethyltryptamine (5-MeO-DMT) – is also found in a variety of plant species.
It can also be produced synthetically.
In a survey of 362 adults, approximately 80% of respondents reported improvements in anxiety and depression after use.
These improvements were related to more intense acute mystical effects during the 5-MeO-DMT experience, as well as increases in the rating of the personal meaning and spiritual significance of the experience.
Improvements were also related to stronger beliefs that the experience contributed to enduring well-being and life satisfaction.
These results were published in The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse.
Lead author of the study
“Regardless, this research is in its infancy and further investigation is warranted in healthy volunteers.”