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Facilitating transpersonal experiences with dextromethorphan: potential, cautions, and caveats (2007

Facilitating transpersonal experiences with dextromethorphan: potential, cautions, and caveats (2007

  1. Paracelsus
    Addy, Peter. Journal of Transpersonal Psychology 2007;39(1):1-22.

    Retrieved from Erowid Reference Database: http://www.erowid.org/references/refs_view.php?A=ShowDoc2&ID=7111

    Dextromethorphan (DXM), a nonprescription psychoactive drug that may lead to spiritual or transpersonal altered states of consciousness, has legitimate therapeutic applications that are being investigated by clinical researchers. It is easily available in over-the-counter cough medicines, and due to its psychoactive properties, DXM is an increasingly popular drug of abuse. Nonmedical use of DXM can lead to dependence and death. Clinical research related to nonmedical DXM use is limited, but many theories and experience reports have been published on the Internet. Nonmedical DXM users may consist of two types: those who seek recreation and those who want to explore their mind (psychonauts). Given the potential importance of DXM-facilitated transpersonal experiences, this article suggests research be conducted on the chemical. The experiences of others must be taken into account before any adequate theory of DXM can be formulated.

Recent Reviews

  1. Paracelsus
    Paracelsus
    2/5,
    Version: 2008-04-01
    Review of some scholarly research on DXM and DXM abuse (not too deep).

    Reviews Internet data from sources such as the DXM FAQ, Erowid Experience Vaults, and the old DXM Zine, proposing that DXM is capable of inducing transpersonal experiences, and calling for a study of the transpersonal effects of DXM in volunteers.

    Overall, this seemed a very poor and wannabe-academic paper to me, containing the ridiculous conclusion that controlled studies on the psychological effects of high-dose DXM are needed, to determine if transpersonal experiences are possible.