Malin Vedøy Uthaug is a PhD student at the University of Maastricht, Department of Neuropsychology & Psychopharmacology. She has a background in health and social psychology and is currently researching psychedelic (ayahuasca, 5-MeO-DMT, DMT and mescaline) and yoga induced improvements of mental health. On the side of being a student and researcher, she is a life coach and public speaker. She started her coaching project titled Love & Gratitude in September 2016 which serves as a platform to spread information related to positive psychology, and transpersonal psychology. Love & Gratitude has also become a way to bring about information about psychedelics and help destigmatizing them. She has since September 2016 delivered talks, webinars and workshops in Belgium, The Netherlands, Czech Republic, Norway, United States of America, and Colombia.
In-Vivo Effects of Toad Venom (5-MeO-DMT) on Affect and Thinking Style
The Sonoran desert toad, Bufo Alvarius, secretes large amounts of the potent known hallucinogen, 5-methoxy-N,N-dimethyltryptamine (5-MeO-DMT) (Weil & Davis, 1994). Inhalations of vaporized venom is psychoactive within seconds. The intoxication is short, but intense and includes auditory and visual hallucinations. The effects start at 3-4 minutes, peak about 35-40 minutes, and end around 60-70 minutes after inhalation. As little research has been conducted on the effects of 5 MeO-DMT on mental health, this study’s primary aim was to assess whether a single administration of 5-MeO-DMT produces long-lasting changes on affect, namely mindfulness related capacities, satisfaction with life, stress, depression and anxiety, and creativity; divergent and convergent thinking style. The second objective was to assess whether the acute and long-term effects of 5-MeO- depend on the degree of ego dissolution that was experienced during the ceremony. This was a quantitative within subject design. The researcher sampled volunteers attending 5-MeO-DMT ceremonies held in Europe with the responsible shaman. After obtaining consent, subjective assessment was scheduled prior to the start of the ceremony, 24 hours post-5-MeO-DMT and 4 weeks after the ceremony. Preliminary findings will be presented.