Breathing and DMT
Breathwork is a popular method for reaching altered states of consciousness. These trance-like experiences may help you release negative feelings, experience cathartic moments, or simply feel connected to a higher self. It is a safe and effective way to achieve an altered state, without the need for psychedelics.
Can you teach yourself breathwork?
The dmt breathing technique consists of a period of hyperventilation followed by periods of either holding the breath or slow, controlled breathing. This allows people to enter a trance-like state, tapping into parts of their subconscious that they aren’t usually exposed to in day-to-day life.
There’s evidence that breathing techniques can stimulate the production of endogenous DMT. DMT is an endogenous neurotransmitter that regulates consciousness.
DMT is produced by INMT (intra-nuclear monoamine oxidase), an enzyme found in the brain, lungs, and choroid plexus. INMT also produces 5-MEO-DMT and Bufotenin, which are believed to have hallucinogenic effects.
Studies have shown that WHM (waisted hyperventilation) increases DMT levels and the other chemical secretions of INMT, including 5-MEO-DMT. However, the question of whether or not this is due to WHM increasing INMT levels or not has yet to be answered scientifically.
Therefore, this systematic review was designed to investigate the physiological outcomes of different breathing techniques, focusing on the effect of breathing techniques on brain activity (EEG, fMRI), and autonomic activity, measured by Heart Rate Variability, Respiratory Sinus Arrhythmia, and Cardio-Respiratory Synchronization. All relevant studies assessing physiological parameters during slow breathing techniques trials (state effect) and immediately after (state effect) or after long-term interventions (trait effect) were considered eligible.