Get­ting high on toad dust ‘produces last­ing life satisfacti­on’

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Achem­i­cal se­creted by the Colorado River Toad caused short-term psy­che­delic and mys­ti­cal ex­pe­ri­ences for 42 test sub­jects who in­haled it. When mem­bers of the study group re­turned a month later for fur­ther tests they re­ported a de­crease in psy­cho­log­i­cal prob­lems, im­proved mind­ful­ness, and feel­ing gen­er­ally more sat­is­fied with their lives. The se­cre­tions from the toad’s skin were dried and pow­dered be­fore be­ing in­haled by the vol­un­teers.

The ac­tive in­gre­di­ent in the toad’s skin is a chem­i­cal called 5- methoxy N, N-dimethyl tryptamine (5-MeODMT). Re­searchers noted that when the chem­i­cal was de­rived from toad se­cre­tions it had a stronger ef­fect than when it was ob­tained from other sources.

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