‘Please don’t lick the psychedelic toads’: The National Park Service’s unusual request to visitors

By Franca Quarnéti Going through El Planteo

The US National Park Service released a statement asking those visiting these protected areas to refrain from licking the toads.

Through a statement on its Facebook account, the National Park Service (NPS) has shared details about the species Bufo alvarius, also known as the “Sonoran Desert Toad”.

“Hey there! Here’s the late-night content no one asked for. Yet here we are. The Sonoran Desert Toad (Bufo alvarius), also known as the Colorado River Toad, is one of the largest toads found in North America, measuring nearly 7 inches (18 cm),” the feature explained.

Why would anyone want to lick toads?

This particular species of amphibian is known to produce 5-MeO-DMT and another DMT derivative, bufotenin, which are released by glands behind the toad’s eyes. These substances, which can be lethal to other animals, also create psychedelic experiences when ingested by humans.

That’s why, as Marijuana Moment reports, the NPS warned, “”It can make you sick if you handle the frog or put the poison in your mouth. As we say with most things you encounter in a national park, whether it’s a banana slug, an unfamiliar mushroom, or a big bright-eyed toad in the middle of the night, please refrain from licking.

While it’s unclear if there’s been a recent spike in toad licking activity, it’s clearly a common enough trend that the US federal agency should have issued a warning.

What is DMT?

DMT has one of the oldest histories of human use. It has been used by indigenous groups for over 4,000 years as a herbal concoction containing DMT and MAOIs (monoamine oxidase inhibitors). It is found in a wide variety of plants, fungi, and animals; even humans naturally produce DMT.

When vaporized, the effects of DMT usually last between 5 and 30 minutes. Unlike other hallucinogens, DMT will cause extremely strong visual hallucinations whether the eyes are open or closed. Machine goblins, as Terence McKenna would say, sometimes present themselves as a common visual experience.

Other common effects will depend on the individual, dose and setting and setting, but generally include:

  • A total immersion

  • Powerful feelings

  • Radical shifts in perspective

  • Life-Changing Spiritual Experiences

  • Alteration of the perception of time

  • Slight discomfort in the stomach

  • Fear, anxiety and paranoia

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