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MDLINX: Should clinicians 'hop' on this psychedelic treatment?

  • There’s been plenty of buzz recently about 5-MeO-DMT, an active metabolite found in toad venom. Smoking this psychedelic reportedly results in a “trippy” high.

  • Acute adverse effects of 5-MeO-DMT include anxiety, confusion, fear, sadness, crying, paranoia, fatigue, trembling, nausea/vomiting, headache, chest/abdomen pressure, and loss of body perception. Subacute effects entail flashbacks and reactivation of flashes of light lasting seconds.

  • Recreational users report uplifting perceptions of mental health. Experts hypothesize this short-active psychotropic substance could help with anxiety and depression.

In recent months, you may have heard various celebrities touting their experiences smoking psychedelic toad venom. For instance, HGTV star Christina Haack smoked it to combat her anxiety.

Boxer Mike Tyson apparently experienced a transcendent experience and “died” while smoking it.

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