The notoriety of DMT as a perilously mad trip was amplified in The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, as author Tom Wolfe related an episode where one of Ken Kesey’s Merry Pranksters was administered DMT at Timothy Leary’s expansive new digs in Millbrook, New York. It was the summer of 1964.
From a representative sample of a suitably psychedelic crowd, you’d be hard pressed to find someone who couldn’t tell you all about Albert Hofmann’s enchanted bicycle ride after swallowing what turned out to be a massive dose of LSD. Far fewer, however, could tell you much about the world’s first DMT trip.
I was 20 years old one summer day in 1972, watching the sun set from my dorm room, when I vowed to do psychedelic drug research. I knew then that I would use psychopharmacology, Buddhism, and psychoanalytic models in my approach to explicating and utilizing the psychedelic drug effect. But the results of my DMT studies, the goal of nearly 25 years of preparation, study, training, research, and practice showed me that those models were inadequate for fully encompassing the DMT state.