Psychedelic Buddha: How to Get High Without Drugs

Serotonin is believed to be a main cause for feelings of peace, calm and fulfillment after a session of meditation [1].

Psychedelic Meditation

mckpsyThere also seems to be a correlation between meditation, serotonin and visual hallucinations [2].

When we meditate serotonin inhibits the lateral geniculate nucleus (LGN). The LGN is a relay center in the visual pathway of the thalamus.

This reduces the transmission of visual information.

When there is no visual sensory stimulus to interpret, the brain starts to generate imagery internally.

The hallucinations are similar to the effects from serotonergic and psychedelic drugs like LSD and psilocybin. Psychedelic means “mind-revealing” – the purpose of meditation. Also, serotonin interacts with dopamine to make the experience euphoric.

Out of Body Experience Through Meditationout-of-body-experience

One of the first times I tried meditation I was lying on my bed. I was experimenting with meditation techniques from the book “8-Minute Meditation”.

A few minutes into the experience, I felt myself floating into the air above the bed. This quickly turned into a feeling of nothingness coupled with distant euphoria.

As I seemingly floated in nothingness my rational brain kicked in and brought me back to the mundane world.

I closed my eyes again and clawed for the preceding experience. It proved elusive.

Pineal Gland, DMT and Meditation

dmt_dreamingThis floating experience might be explained from a simple fact. Meditation triggers release of two structural analogs to serotonin – melatonin [3] and DMT [4].

Meditation activates the pineal gland, which produces these two chemicals.

Melatonin is a sleep promoting hormone and can produce hypnotic effects [5,6]. DMT, or 5-methoxy-dimethyltriptamine, is a powerful hallucinogen, famous from the shamanic drug Ayahuasca.

Scientific studies link DMT to out of body experiences, distortion of time-space and a range of mystical states.

Related Reading: How to Activate Your Pineal Gland & Create Psychedelic Effects

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[6] van den Heuvel, C. J. “Melatonin as a hypnotic”. Sleep Medicine Reviews, 2005.