A powerful party drug rarely seen in New Zealand that can cause intense hallucinations and paranoia has been seized in a record $4.5 million haul.
Dimethyltryptamine, also called DMT, is also the main psychoactive ingredient in ayahuasca, an Amazonian brew used for healing purposes.
Many Dim-Post readers will know ayahuasca by its other name, Yage (pronounced Ya-Hey), the drug William Burroughs travelled to the Amazon in search of at the end of
Queer (sorry, it’s actually at the end of Junkie. I should try and do some basic research when I write these things, but then it wouldn’t be the same blog), in the belief that it would cure his heroin addiction and grant him telepathic powers.
The Herald reports:
Depending on the dose, the high ranges from a mild psychedelic state to extreme immersive hallucination – including a total disconnection from reality.
William S Burroughs reports:
Larval beings passed before my eyes in a blue haze, each one giving an obscene, mocking squawk (I later identified this squawking as the croaking of frogs). Yagé is space time travel. The room seems to shake and vibrate with motion. The blood and substance of many races, Negro, Polynesian, Mountain Mongol, Desert Nomad, Polyglot Near East, Indian-new races as yet unconceived and unborn, combinations not yet realized passes through your body. All human potentials are spread out in a vast silent market… The city is visited by epidemics of violence and the untended dead are eaten by vultures in the street.
According to the Herald:
Law enforcement agencies are still trying to establish street-level prices.