Ayahuasca compound changes brainwaves to vivid ‘waking-dream’ state- a fascinating scientific report coming from the Imperial College, London

Ayahuasca and EEGIn a recent study conducted at the Psychodelic research Lab at the Imperial College London, scientists explored the electrophysiological changes, accompanying the altered states of consciosness induced by intake of the DMT component extracted from the Ayahuasca plant.

The EEG records made, while an individual was under the influence of DMT (the psychoactive component of the Ayahuasca plant), revealed EEG dynamics, different from the one observed during the intake of other consciousness state altering substances, such as psylocybin. Besides the expected drop in alpha and beta waves and the overall network desynchronysation,  scientists observed the emergence of a dominant rhythm in the Delta/Theta frequency range out of the neural chaos. This study opens a new window for exploring the role of criticality, counsciousness and their role in personally transformative experiences.

Link to the Imperial news report by Ryan O’Hare can be found here.

Original article: Timmermann, C., Roseman, L., Schartner, M. et al. Neural correlates of the DMT experience assessed with multivariate EEG. Sci Rep 9, 16324 (2019) doi:10.1038/s41598-019-51974-4