A revolutionary project aims to discover whether psychedelic drugs can help people whose brains are unable to form mental images.
The project, led by Dr David Luke at the University of Greenwich, will look to find out whether powerful mind-altering substances can offer a cure.
Experts carrying out the study are focusing on Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) — the most psychedelic drug in the world.
David said: “The initial study seeks to explore whether psychedelics, such as DMT, can induce mental imagery in blind people.
“That’s people who have never had vision so have never had mental imagery, and those who have lost their vision, and with it their mental imagery.
“It’s likened to a religious — or near death — experience”
Dr David Luke, senior lecturer of psychology, University of Greenwich
“We have 20 people taking part and this may form part of an ongoing collaboration with Imperial College London on DMT use.”
David went on: “This work can help us understand the neurobiology of visual mental imagery, and may even lead to ways for people without it to regain it.”
The research follows two existing tests on aphantasia — a condition where people can’t visualise images, including in dreams.
People can be born with this, or they may develop it over time.
In one study, an American man who developed aphantasia started taking the powerful hallucinogenic brew ayahuasca — which contains DMT — and found he showed signs of recovery.
David, a senior lecturer of psychology, added: “DMT is present in the human body, as well as all mammals and some plants.
“People who take it commonly report of communicating with sentient beings — angels, demons, that kind of thing.
“It’s likened to a religious — or near death — experience.”
He explained mind-bending drugs like DMT may provide a way to discover the so-called “God molecule” — our link with the spiritual world.
“DMT deserves serious attention and research because it is the threshold between neuroscience and religious studies,” David said.
He said the drug had been known to “convert an atheist into a believer in 10 minutes.”
David is known as the “Psychedelic Indiana Jones” for his work travelling the globe exploring mind-altering substances and studying their effects.
Last September, he told Daily Star Online about his work “predicting the future” with psychedelic shamanic drug San Pedro.
While David has also predicted LSD, magic mushrooms and MDMA could all be legal in the UK soon.
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