Always in the mood for a good horror movie, last night I was able to catch the Lazarus Effect in the theatres. Although the Lazarus Effect is not based on any real events, it did rely on the factual information of the drug DMT and its link to outer body experiences, which was used on the lab animals and eventually the main character. DMT has been linked to people who have had outer body experiences, and near death experiences. DMT was the subject of a popular documentary and book called, DMT the Spirit Molecule. DMT the Sprit Molecule documented several cases of OBE, NDE’s, lab experiments were people were given DMT and observed.
So what is DMT?
DMT is N,N-Dimethyltryptamine (DMT or N,N-DMT)and is a psychedelic compound of the tryptamine family. It is a structural analog of serotonin and melatonin and a functional analog of other psychedelic tryptamines such as 4-AcO-DMT, 5-MeO-DMT, 5-OH-DMT, psilocybin (4-PO-DMT), and psilocin (4-OH-DMT).
What are its effects?
Most common hallucinogenic experiences caused by DMT are hallucinations of humanoid like beings, characterised as being otherworldly. The terms Machine Elf was coined by ethnobotanist Terence McKenna for the experience, who also used the terms fractal elves, or self-transforming machine elves.
Hallucinations of strange creatures had been reported by Szara in the Journal of Mental Science (now the British Journal of Psychiatry) (1958) “Dimethyltryptamine Experiments with Psychotics”, Stephen Szara described how one of his subjects under the influence of DMT had experienced “strange creatures, dwarves or something” at the beginning of a DMT trip.
Other researchers of the experience described ‘entities’ or ‘beings’ in humanoid as well as animal form, with descriptions of “little people” being common (non-human gnomes, elves, imps etc.). This form of hallucination has been speculated to be the cause of alien abduction experiences through endogenously occurring DMT
So was the movie good?
It was okay, I actually didn’t feel bad spending $10.00 dollars to go see it.