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Smoking Toad Venom For Anxiety: Does It Work? (Updated 2024)

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Smoking Toad Venom For Anxiety: Does It Work? (Updated 2024)

  • Do you often worry about what could happen instead of enjoying the moment you are in?
  • Do you feel stressed about the future?
  • Do you have a history of over thinking and worrying about what could happen?
  • Do you feel unable to connect with people socially? 

You have the ability to change this. You do. You really do.

Imagine a healthier you

Imagine a magical toad venom that you can vaporize and in a 30 minute psychedelic journey you can clearly see the nature of your mind. Imagine fully realizing that those constant thoughts are simply just thoughts and not reality. Imagine creating healthier relationships through self-actualization. Imagine letting go of the monkey mind. 

This is all possible.

It is through a psychedelic substance called 5 MeO DMT. A naturally-occurring tryptamine often found in the venom of a toad from the Sonoran Desert, called Bufo Alvarius. Used by shamans in South America, the dried toad secretion is entering the medical world of North America. It can also be synthesized and is found in plant and shrub species. More and more people are using this magical medicine, as exactly that, a holistic alternative path to healing. 

So how does 5 MeO DMT help ease anxiety? 

Life satisfaction 

When we touch a part of life beyond ourselves we can see the totality of life for what it is, outside of our narrowly constructed stories. We can feel and taste life with a new sort of appreciation and gratitude as our relationship to self changes. According to a survey done by John Hopkins University, in a survey of 362 adults, approximately 80 percent of respondents gave feedback of  improvements in anxiety and depression after their trip was over. 

There was also speaking of overall life satisfaction and meaning through mystical experiences. According to a study done by Maastricht University, “a single inhalation of vapor from dried toad secretion containing 5-methoxy-N,N-dimethyltryptamine (5-MeO-DMT) in a naturalistic setting is related to sustained enhancement of satisfaction with life, mindfulness-related capacities, and a decrement of psychopathological symptoms.” Just four weeks after Bufo intake, users were still feeling life satisfaction, increases in mindfulness and as a result, a decrease in depression, anxiety and stress. 

Where does this mindfulness come from? When doing Bufo we see the nature of our own minds. The worries we have do not seem so real. We are pressed to confront ourselves and see that the nature of reality goes beyond what we think it to be. This happens often through ego dissolution in particular. This hallucinogenic toad venom lets us release peoples judgments including our own. There is an increase in mental health the less we identify with our shortcomings.

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Ego death

The study by Maastricht University also states that  “Participants that experienced high levels of ego dissolution or oceanic boundlessness during the session displayed higher ratings of satisfaction with life and lower ratings of depression and stress.”  

So what does  ego death feel like? The ego is a construct that simultaneously protects us in the modern world but also hurts us if we attach to it as real. The ego is a false sense of self, the role you play, and the identification with personality. All of this melts away and we meet our higher selves. The transcendence of the small self including its attachments to suffering such as anxiety and depression, fall off. You see clearly that you are beyond identification. 

Celebrity Mike Tyson spoke of his ego dissolution by saying “Before I did the toad, I was a wreck. The toughest opponent I ever faced was myself. I had low self-esteem. People with big egos often have low self-esteem. We use our ego to subsidize that. The toad strips the ego.”

In ego death, there is the feeling of ultimate peace and bliss because there is no separation. There is no division between you and the world. There is nothing to protect. We do not have to fight ourselves anymore because what we held up as part of us falls away as an illusion. 

Mood enhancement

As Voltaire so eloquently said, “The most important decision you make is to be in a good mood.” Most people do not realize they can even decide to be positive. They are victims of their past, and carry grief and shame with them which causes depression or they worry about the future which causes anxiety. When grounded in the present moment, there is an aliveness. We can choose how we feel. 

The one thing we get to choose every day is what mood we are in, Bufo enhances our mood through and because of these substantial long lasting mood changes, it can be a treatment for not only anxiety, but depression too. According to synthesis research from the Journal of Psychopharmacology, patients reported “an improvement in mood, cessation of alcohol use and reduced cravings at 5 days post-treatment, effects which were sustained at 1 month.” Not only were there mood enhancements, but as a byproduct, bad habits like alcohol addiction ceased. 

Hunter Biden said that the psychedelic toad kept him sober for over a year through resetting his brain. This 'reset' is from our relation to our emotions and moods.

When we are in a better mood, we choose right word and right action. We no longer self-abuse with constant negative thoughts and destructive self-sabotaging behavior.

Rooting in nature

According to Pubmed “5-methoxy-N,N-dimethyltryptamine (5-MeO-DMT) used in a naturalistic group setting is associated with unintended improvements in depression and anxiety.” The set and setting truly matter. To be in the grasp of nature is important rather than the sterility of a medical center. 

Dr.Davis from John Hopkins University, has witnessed and spoke of retreats in  Frontiers in Psychology and found that "5-MeO-DMT given in a spiritualized retreat center created comparable ratings of mystical experience more than a large dose of psilocybin in a laboratory setting."

The naturalistic setting and with the ritual of a proper ceremony can induce these mystical experiences. To be in nature’s grasp and in the right set and setting with an experienced guide is crucial. Access to the natural world is scientifically proven to reduce depression and anxiety and lower heart rate and blood pressure. Connecting back to mother Earth through plant medicine is deeply healing for anyone, but even more vital for those suffering from anxiety. 

A short but sufficient trip

Alan K. Davis, Ph.D., from the Behavioral Research Unit, at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine says “Because 5-MeO-DMT is short-acting and lasts approximately 30-90 minutes, it could be much easier to use as an adjunct to therapy because current therapies usually involve a 60 - 90 minute session.” 

Many plant medicines such as ayahuasca, peyote, san pedro, and psilocybin last hours. Bufo is usually no more than 30 minutes and has long lasting substantial effects. It is completely different from doing an all day LSD session or therapy with psilocybin.

Reality television star Christina Haack stated that bufo alvarius toad and its psychedelic venom is what helped to cure her anxiety faster than any traditional therapy. In a public Instagram post, she said " the Bufo toad basically reset my brain and kicked out years of anxiety in 15 minutes."

Yes, Bufo cuts through the mirage of reality in half an hour and that is magical in itself. Traditional therapy has it’s use but it can take years as the mind is something psychologists can go into for the rest of your life. Bufo goes straight to the source, to the energy, to the essence. It permeates the concept of self and all the problems of self. Psychedelic therapy is a holistic and spiritual approach to letting go of anxious tendencies and connecting to source. 


Interested in healing anxiety?

The key is choosing the right naturalistic retreat center with a good reputation. Though this medicine is transformative, it is as good as the way it is being served. The right intention and a good guide is crucial. 

Behold Retreats is the leading choice for safe, legal high-end retreats with 5-MeO-DMT (Bufo Alvarius), Ayahuasca, and Psilocybin.  Behold offers a 7-Week Coaching Program for optimized preparation and integration. Behold also offers both private and group retreat in Mexico, Portugal, and Costa Rica (Costa Rica is for an Ayahuasca Retreat specifically).

Reach out to request  a 1 on 1 discovery call where we get in touch and help you decide if this is the right option for you and your journey.

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