The Medicinal Mindfulness Extended-State DMT program (DMTx) was initiated in February 2016 by Daniel McQueen, co-founder of Medicinal Mindfulness. DMTx is based on the cutting edge pharmacokinetic research of Dr. Andrew Gallimore and the revolutionary DMT research of Dr. Rick Strassman. Our DMTx program explores legal psychedelic research and exploration opportunities that are congruent with the needs and interests of the psychedelic community.
Potential applications of Extended-State DMT experiences seem limitless: therapeutic healing, advanced creative problem-solving, consciousness exploration, and explorations in the nature of reality itself.
It is because of the importance of this work that all of us at Medicinal Mindfulness wish to share what we are learning with the international psychedelic community and to bring our community into the creation and implementation process of this psychedelic inspired program.
Daniel McQueen, MA
Daniel McQueen (MA) is a professional psychedelic therapist and guide with a Masters in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University. With his wife Alison McQueen (MA, LPC), Daniel is the co-director and manager of Medicinal Mindfulness, a local consciousness community and psychedelic education program in Boulder, Colorado.
Daniel facilitates individual and group psychedelic experiences using psychedelic cannabis blends and transformational breathwork techniques. He is the Principal Organizer of the Medicinal Mindfulness Extended-State DMT Program.
Carla J. Clements, PhD LPC
Dr. Carla Clements (PhD, LPC, BCPB) has been a professor at Naropa University in Boulder, CO in the Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Psychology Department for the last 15 years. She was the chair of the department for a decade, and continues to teach Assessment in Counseling, Group Dynamics, Helping Relationships, and Transpersonal Psychology. In May 2018, she retired to become the Principal Investigator of the DMTx program.
Carla has also maintained a private practice in psychotherapy, specializing in the treatment of PTSD in women, for the past 30 years. During the past three years, Carla was the Independent Rater for the MAPS-sponsored phase 2 study of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for treatment resistant, chronic PTSD. This experience renewed a lifelong interest in consciousness-expanding compounds which she continues to research today.
The Rest of Us
Carla and Daniel represent a team of about 24 professional volunteers, ranging from medical doctors, assessment experts, computer programmers, an EEG analyst, technologists, philosophers, community organizers, therapists, artists, musicians, and other healers, who are organizing around this project. Due to the nature of the DMTx program, we are choosing to keep who they are private for now. More information about our team is coming soon.
DMT is a powerful psychedelic medicine used throughout history by consciousness explorers. It is found in thousands of plants, such as Mimosa hostilis, traditional psychedelic brews like Ayahuasca, and occurs naturally in the human lungs and brain. When a small dose is smoked or injected, DMT elicits a “more real than real” otherworldly experience, leaving the journeyer with a profound sense of awe and wonder. Many people report significant encounters with hyper-realistic entities and beings that seem alive, aware, intelligent and infinitely complex.
The experience is so intensely “real” that many people question their understanding of reality itself. While there are some risks associated with DMT use, in a skillful and intentional setting, it is not only very safe, but can be an extremely healing experience for users.
Extended-state dmt (dmtx)
The new pharmacokinetic model developed by Dr. Gallimore and Dr. Strassman proposes a way that pure DMT experiences can be safely extended and stabilized. While a typical DMT “flash” lasts about 5-7 minutes, only providing a glimpse of a vastly complex inner experience, the new method uses advanced medical technology to stabilize DMT levels in the blood so that the DMT peak can be extended safely without overdosing or harming the psychonaut.
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This is called Extended-State DMT, or DMTx for short. These terms were developed in conversations with Dr. Gallimore about his research so we could best define the experience. The DMTx extended peak would be five times stronger than Ayahuasca and can theoretically last many hours. The acceleration of the entry, the intensity of the peak, and the duration of the DMT experience can literally be programed, or “dialed-in,” even adjusted during the experience, for different therapeutic, advanced problem solving, and consciousness explorations experiences. It can be quickly “turned off” if any safety concerns become apparent, therefore it is unlike any psychedelic experience previously possible. It combines an ancient medicine with advanced medical technology to elicit a brand new type of psychedelic expedition.
+ The Plan...
Our long-term goal is to develop and implement FDA-approved clinical research in Boulder, Colorado, USA, that studies DMT and Extended-State DMT. Several team members are starting in May 2018 to begin protocol development and the approval process. We believe this could take a few years.
In the short term, we believe it might be possible to legally initiate a “proof of concept” DMTx expedition in another country where DMT is legal to use in religious and personal use contexts. We’ve received preliminary legal and technical advice that indicates this might be possible and safe so we’re going to give it a serious try. The goal of that expedition would be the Spring of 2020.
Any expedition would follow the same safety protocols of FDA research. However, working outside some of the cultural constraints of the FDA would allow us to explore a model that was congruent with the passionate interests of the psychedelic community. Namely, to explore the important question: What in the world is really going on here?
+ The Goals...
Our intention is to develop new psychedelic-assisted clinical therapies, develop advanced creative problem solving protocols, explore consciousness and the psyche, to try to define the “realness” of the experience, and to potentially develop a medical device, the “Matrix Machine” (a term invented by Dr. Gallimore) that can be used to safely and effectively administer DMTx experiences by a trained DMTx technician.
Images of machines that project explorers into different “realities” are embedded in our popular sci-fi culture - movies like Total Recall, Contact, The Matrix, Inception, and in the writings of authors like Philip K. Dick. It turns out, these machines might be less science fiction that we thought.
Psychedelic use has a solid history of supporting innovative discovery (think iPhone and DNA), and in this day and age, we need all the help we can get. As cool as alternate reality exploration is, and as important as clinical healing modalities are, the primary focus of our work will be to develop advanced problem solving protocols that can be applied to technology development that can help heal our planet.
We intend to share what we learn as we go. Medicinal Mindfulness is a signatory of the Statement on Open Science and Open Praxis with Psilocybin, MDMA, and Similar Substances. While we primarily strive to express this research safely and from a psychedelic identity perspective, Medicinal Mindfulness does not claim ownership of any of these ideas and we will continue to encourage and collaborate with other psychedelic researchers.
These are exciting times and we are deeply called to promote this new model within the larger Psychedelic Renaissance in a safe and sacred way.
DMTx Psychonaut Training Retreat
For how long can someone be in this “space” exploring the territory safely? What skill sets and capacities will be required for the first DMTx Psychonauts? Medicinal Mindfulness is developing a DMTx Psychonaut Training Protocol so we can most skillfully and safely explore the inner territory that Extended-State DMT elicits. The first expedition Psychonauts will come from our initial DMTx Psychonaut Trainees.
We are excited to be entering into a new phase of this program. We have recruited our team, if you wish you to be involved, please visit our Psychedelic Sitters School training and sign-up for our newsletter for information regarding DMTx Psychonaut Cohorts in 2021.
Part of our vision is growing our Psychedelic Community.
Please feel free to reach out to us with any comments, questions, or ideas to share. And if you hold a special skill, experience, or interest in our program that we should know about, let us know!