Wednesday, June 19, 2024

PEX#2 – Nick Glynos – Current state of the DMT Research • Psychedelic Experience


In this episode, Tim Cools talks with Nick Glynos, Ph.D. candidate at the University of Michigan and DMT researcher.


  • Nick Glynos’ academic background
  • Coming out of the closet
  • Traditional use of dmt
  • Where does Ayahuasca come from?
  • Ethnobotanical knowledge of shamans and healers
  • Indigenous vs western use of psychedelics
  • Scientific DMT research history
  • Endogenous DMT
  • Link with schizophrenia?
  • Is DMT released when we die?
  • How to measure DMT endogenous in the brain?
  • The endohuasca hypothesis
  • Different roles of DMT in the body
  • Medical use of DMT
  • Physical healing with DMT
  • Psychedelics as anti-inflammatory agents
  • Clinical research of Ayahuasca
  • Research on the subjective DMT experience
  • Alien abductions, and different DMT experiences
  • Private companies doing research on DMT

About Nick Glynos

Nick Glynos is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Michigan in the department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology. His thesis work is focused on investigating the biology and function of endogenous (naturally produced) DMT in the mammalian brain, along with uncovering the neural correlates of the DMT experience. He is vice president of the Student Association for Psychedelic Studies at U of M, and co-founder of the interdisciplinary group Psychedelic Neuroscience & Therapy, which hosts monthly seminars from leading psychedelic researchers.

Born in Kansas City, MO, he moved to Montana as an adult, and worked for several years on a backcountry trail crew in Glacier National Park. After deciding to return to school, he completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Botany from Cornell University in 2017, where he pursued his interest in the intersection between psychedelics and ethnobotany. He is set to complete his Ph.D. in 2023, and he plans to continue contributing to the psychedelic renaissance thereafter as a researcher and advocate.

About Tim Cools

Tim is a psychedelic integration specialist and legal psychedelic guide. He facilitates powerful, life-changing experiences for professionals, to help their professional lives come in alignment with personal ambition and values.

Tim is a Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) teacher, a certified coach, and psychedelic advocate, educator and guide.

He is an entrepreneur and co-founder of Tools Of Awareness, a personal development center focussed on combining psychedelics and mindfulness to grow personal and interpersonal awareness though (online) courses and retreats.

Furthermore, he founded Psychedelic Experience, an online non-profit platform for information surrounding psychedelic substances. It’s a community based non-profit organization, created by and for psychedelic and plant medicine communities.

His personal interests are technology, meditation, metaphysical and eastern philosophies, shamanism and the healing power of nature and plants

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