STUDY: Smoking Psychedelic Toad “Milk” Alleviates Depression For 4 Weeks

May 21, 2019 at 12:14 am

A milky, psychoactive substance secreted by a North American toad provides fast-acting, long-lasting relief from depression, stress and anxiety

A white liquid secreted from the glands of the Colorado river toad contains a psychoactive compound called 5-MeO-DMT, similar to the DMT found in  ayahuasca tea.

When dried and smoked, it reportedly generates a brief, but “earth-shattering psychedelic experience, during which the ego is completely obliterated and mystical insights are supposedly accessed,” reports.

5-MeO-DMT has become increasingly popular among underground psychedelic therapists and at alternative healing retreats.

Now, it’s making its debut in mainstream medical journals.

In a study just published in Psychopharmacology, researchers found that just a “single inhalation of vapor” from the dried “toad milk” provided months of relief from depression, stress and anxiety.

The researchers gave 42 patients a battery of psychiatric tests to assess their depression, stress and anxiety levels before and after their mini-DMT trips.

The day after inhaling the substance, the average depression ratings were down by 18 percent, anxiety by 39 percent and stress by 27 percent, which is great news in and of itself, but overtime the results got even better.

When the team then conducted a follow-up analysis four weeks later, they found that depression ratings had dropped by 68 percent, while anxiety and stress were down 56 percent and 48 percent respectively.

For those concerned about potential exploitation of the toads, there’s a vegan option too: Another recent study by Johns Hopkins University found that synthetic 5-MeO-DMT also significantly reduces depression and anxiety.