In the 1950s, Schultes was the first to write about ayahuasca in academic journals. N,N-dimethyltryptaine (DMT) is the hallucinogenic constituent of the South American shamanic brew ayahuasca. Schultes, who lived among indigenous communities who used ayahuasca for spiritual and medicinal purposes, was the first to describe ayahuasca tea in Western academic journals.
In 1976, Schultes authored Hallucinogenic Plants: A Golden Guide, a layman's guide to hallucinogenic plants.
Consumption of DMT in an ayahuasca tea formulation allows absorption of DMT into the body and creates an extended experience that last a few hours. The fact that ayahuasca comes from a tea made from multiple plants makes it difficult to study in the United States.
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