2020 Articles

Volume 2 Issue 4

A Critical Review Investigating whether there are similarities in EEG band waves between Schizophrenic patients and participants given DMT or Ayahuasca Tea

Medusa Warrior, BSc (Hons), MSc

Volume 2 Issue 4

Abstract:

Early research suggests that the endogenous neurobiological chemical Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) may be responsible for schizophrenic symptoms [1].  This article investigates EEG band waves between participants given Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) or Ayahuasca Tea and schizophrenic patients.  Evaluation of articles on EEG band wave monitoring of DMT or Ayahuasca participants was compared to articles on EEG band wave monitoring in schizophrenic patients. It is hypothesized that adult DMT and Ayahuasca participants and adult schizophrenic patients would have similar EEG oscillation-band waves.  Ranlund et al. [2] found that schizophrenic patients produced lower band waves, and this review supported the findings that there were similarities, especially in lower band waves between the two groups.  Although the reviewed Ayahuasca articles produced higher EEG wave band oscillations, the additional plant compounds added to Ayahuasca Tea may account for the resulting discrepancy in this review. The similarities in EEG band wave oscillations between the pure DMT injection and the schizophrenic patients did support the hypothesis, although, the EEG band waves only show neuron activity and not specific DMT brain chemicals.  There may be a connection between the symptoms reflected in schizophrenic patients, suggestive of endogenous DMT, due to the similarities when DMT is administered

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