Getting high on toad dust ‘produces lasting life satisfaction’
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.