The first time I smoked DMT/ La primera vez que fumé DMT [Eng/Esp]

in NaturalMedicine •  10 days ago 

Have you ever smoked DMT?

I have.
And so many times I don't keep track anymore. For the last four years of my life I have been extracting, smoking and sharing DMT in ritual healing environments. As I say to the people I share my pipe with: For each hit of DMT I offer, I have taken one similar myself.

I have a lot of stories and recipes to share, but this entry is about the very first time I smoked DMT. The day I met HER.


So, the year is 2016 and the date October 2th, Sunday. By that date, I had over a year since I first went to an Ayahuasca Ceremony, I had taken that road seriously and a lot of changes were occurring in my life. I was, by that date, the main contact for Ayahuasca and Ancestral Medicine Ceremonies in my area.

That weekend we had Yagé (Ayahuasca) Ceremonies on Friday and Saturday with my beloved brothers and sisters followers of Taita Giovanni "The Bear" Queta of the Cofán Community from Putumayo, Colombia. I absolutely love those guys! We had shared a lot of ceremonies already by that time and I had healed myself a lot with their medicine, prayers and beajtiful music. And they are very serious and responsible with their Medicine Ceremonies, spotless even.

My role as an organizer was being the host and taking care that interested people made it to the ceremony, having everything at hand so the guys could do the ceremony without worrying about menial stuff. Also keeping the team happy, fed and well rested.

Fast forward to Sunday around noon. The two ceremonies were amazingly beautiful. A lot of people arrived to share the holy medicine from the Jungle and, overall, we had a great time in the beautiful TERRAVENTURA Inn in Los Altos de Sucre, Venezuela.



I was in bed, exhausted. I had 3 days without sleeeping, drinking and puking medicine and working my ass off so everything was perfect and the ceremonies went very well.


Brother Rafael, it's Juan José, do you have a little Santa María (weed) you could give me? We are doing a wheel of xrtxhetuite smoked medicine.


Juancito and I on some other Cofán Ayahuasca Ceremony.

I was really, really sleepy and beyond tired, but I woke up, indeed having the weed, and gave a bunch of it to Juan, but excused myself and went back to bed.

Fifteen minutes later, deep in my sleepy mind:

They were smoking WHAT?.

My curiosity got the best of me, I got dressed and went down to the Great Hall, were they were gathered in a wheel of medicine, with Juan in the center, praying and holding a small joint, which he passed to a friend musician of medicine on the wheel. He proceeded to take three deep drags and POOF.

It was very obvious he entered a deep medicine trance.


Terraventura's Great Hall during a Yopo ceremony circa 2017.

Immediately, I sat down in the wheel in total awe and signaling Juan I wanted to participate.

For me, the visionary medicine trance was something really elusive. The visions, the medicine dimensions were, mostly, closed to me, save in rare, very rare and holy times. I felt something really big was going to happen that day.

before we get to the crucial point of me smoking DMT for the very first time,
there were two events that happened before this I have to share

The first is my second tattoo and my very fist medicine one.

I bombarded Paola, my talented tatoo artist, with images and ideas by mail. I asked for wind and a tree that symbolized the yopo medicine between all the stuff I sent her. She organized my crazy ideas and did this amazing work of art:


Tattoo artist: Paola Rodriguez

Beautiful isn't it?
Take notice of the tree roots and the lilac "wind" on the roots. This happened a couple of months before the crucial ceremony we were talking before.

Don't forget about this little detail, we'll get back to this later.

The second event was a music related one.

Before the ceremony I was listening, exclusively, mantras and medicine songs. I was exploring Brazilian Medicine Music in Portuguese, due to the influence of the Santo Daime Church, which I shared medicine a couple of times and learned a lot from.

I was obsessed with a song I found on Youtube to the point of listening only to it over and over again all day long. Jurema, Oh Jurema... I went to work on this Yage ceremonies with this song in my mind. Take note of this.

Back to the medicine circle.

With me expectant, nervous but really happy, praying for that small joint to last for everybody because I was almost dead last. But YES, Juan called me, I sat down in front of him and he gave me the following instructions:

Take three slow deep tokes and hold them all you can.

I did. I filled myself to the brink, closed my eyes and held that smoke like it was my last breath.

And it hit me.

I became a spaceship in a fractal world, with amazing music which sang to me about Unity, Love and comprehension. And I hadn't even exhaled yet. It was beautiful.

I exhaled the medicine. The trip went lighter, but I held my breath and I got deeper again in the medicine vision. I start navigating this world like it was natural, like I had been there before. Then in the distance I started to hear a maraca.
Nononono, I want to keep exploring this, I don't wanna go back just yet!


Visionary art by Alex Grey

I came back down, saw Juan and exploded on laughs and utter happiness for around 10 minutes.

After I finally collected myself, I went down to talk with Aldo, another one of the apprentices of the Taita, a great friend and man of knowledge to ask him:

What did I smoke man?

I was in awe.

His answer:

It's an extract of a Mexican plant called Tepezcohuite. Here in Venezuela, it's everywhere too, we call it Cují Negro (Black Cuji). Oh! And in Brazil it's very important and they call it JUREMA.



The song!
I smoked the medicine the song was talking about!


Two weeks later I was in my kitchen doing my first extraction and I found it is done from the root bark of the Jurema tree that is a deep lilac color. LIKE MY TATTOO.
I'll share the story of my first extraction in a post later.

So that day I met her, Cabocla Jurema, spirito das matas.

That is the name of DMT for me. She has been a friend, a healer and over everything a great plant teacher to me.

"Foi lá na mata que encontrei inspiração para seguir o caminho do coração." -Josii Jakecan


Have you ever smoked DMT?

Leave me a comment in the box belox.

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Narración en español:

¿Alguna vez has fumado DMT?

Yo sí.
Y tantas veces que ya no llevo la cuenta. Durante los últimos cuatro años de mi vida he estado extrayendo, fumando y compartiendo DMT en entornos rituales y de sanación. Como le digo a la gente que le comparto mi pipa: Por cada fumada de DMT que ofezco, yo he tomado una de tamaño similar.

Tengo muchas recetas e historias que compartir, pero esta entrada es sobre la primera vez que fumé DMT, el día que la conocí a ELLA.


Entonces el año es el 2016 y la fecha 2 de Octubre. Domingo.
Para esa fecha había pasado poco mas de un año desde la primera vez que asistí a una Ceremonia de Ayahuasca. Me había tomado ese camino en serio y estaban ocurriendo muchos cambios en mi vida. Para esa época, yo era el mejor contacto para Ayahuasca y Ceremonias de Medicinas Ancestrales en mi zona.

Ese fin de semana, teníamos sendas ceremonias de Yagé (Ayahuasca) viernes y sábado con mis queridos hermanos y hermanas seguidores del Taita Óscar "El Oso" Queta de la comunidad Cofán de Putumayo, Colombia. ¡Definitivamente amo a esos chicos! Habíamos compartido unas cuantas ceremias ya, me había sanado bastante con su medicina, rezos y hermosa música. Y ellos son bien serios y responsables con su medicina, su ceremonia es impecable.

Mi rol como organizador era ser el anfitrión, contactar a la gente interesada en la ceremonia y tener todo lo necesario a mano para que los chicos no tuvieran que preocuparse por nimiedades. También me encargaba de mantener al equipo feliz, comido y bien descansado.

Adelantamos al domingo por el mediodía. Las dos ceremonias estuvieron increíblemente hermosas. Llegó bastante gente a compartir la sagrada medicina de la selva y sobre todo la pasamos muy bien en la hermosa posada TERRAVENTURA en los altos de Sucre in Venezuela.



Estaba en cama, cansado. Llevaba tres días sin dormir, tomando y vomitando medicina, trabajando bien duro para que todo saliera perfecto y finalmente las ceremonias salieron muy bien.


Hermano Rafael, es Juan José: ¿tiene un poco de Santa Maria (cannabis) que me podría dar? Vamos a hacer una rueda de medicina xrtxhetuite fumada.*


Juancito y Yo en alguna otra ceremonia de Yagé.

Estaba realmente muy adormecido y más allá del cansancio, pero me desperté. De hecho si tenía la Santa María y le di un poco a Juancito, pero me excusé y volví a la cama.

Quince minutos después, profundo en mi mente adormecida:

¿Iban a fumar QUÉ?

La curiosidad me ganó. Me vestí y me fuí al Gran Salón donde estaban reunidos unos cuantos en una rueda de medicina, con Juan en el centro, rezando y sosteniendo un pequeño porro, el cual le pasó a un amigo músico en la rueda de medicina. Tomó tres aspiraciones profundas y POOF.

Se hizo evidente que había entrado en un trance profundo de medicina.


El gran Salón de Terraventura en una ceremonia de yopo, año 2017.

Inmediatamente me senté en la rueda de medicina totalmente asombrado y señalándole a Juan que quería participar.

Para mí, el trance visionario de medicina era algo bastante elusivo. Las visiones, las dimensiones de medicina, estaban cerradas para mi salvo en contados y sagrados casos. Tenía la sensación que algo muy grande iba a pasar.

antes que lleguemos al punto crucial donde fumo DMT por primera vez, hubo dos eventos que pasaron antes que tengo que compartir.

El primero es mi segundo tatuaje, mi primero de medicina.

Bombardeé a Paola (mi tatuadora) con imágenes e ideas por correo. Entre ellas, le pedí un árbol que simbolizara la medicina del yopo y el viento. Ella organizó mis locas ideas y creó esta hermosa obra de arte:


Tatuadora Paola Rodriguez

¿Hermoso, no?
Fíjense en las raíces del árbol y el "viento" de color lila en las raíces. Esto pasó dos meses antes de la crucial ceremonia que conversabamos antes.

No se olviden de este pequeño detalle, volveremos a él luego.

El segundo evento fue uno relacionado a la música.

Antes de la ceremonia había estado escuchando mantras y música de medicina. Me encontraba explorando música de medicina brasilera en portugues, debido a la influencia de la iglesia del Santo Daime con quienes había compartido medicina y aprendido mucho.

Estaba obsesionado con una canción que conseguí en Youtube al punto de escucharla una y otra vez durante todo el día. Jurema, Oh Jurema... Me fui a trabajar a las ceremonias de Yagé con esta canción en la mente. Tomen nota de esto también.

Volvemos al círculo de medicina.

Conmigo a la expectativa, nervioso pero muy contento, rezando que ese porrito alcanzara para todos porque era casi el último. Pero SÍ, Juan me llamó. Me senté al frenté de él y me dio las siguientes instrucciones:

Toma tres aspiraciones lentas y profundas y retén el humo todo lo que puedas."

Lo hice, me llené hasta mi límite, cerré mis ojos y aguanté ese humo como si fuera mi último aliento.

Y me pegó el efecto.

Me convertí en una nave espacial en un mundo fractal, donde sonaba una música hermosisima que hablaba de Amor, unidad y comprensión. Y todavía no había exhalado. Era hermosísimo.

Y, finalmente, exhalé la medicina. El viaje se hizo mas ligero, pero sostuve mi aliento y volví a entrar profundo en la visión de medicina. Empecé a navegar ese mundo de manera natural, como si hubiera estado allí anteriormente. Entonces, en la distancia, empecé a escuchar una maraca.
Nononono, quiero seguir explorando esto, ¡no quiero volver todavía!


Arte visionario por Alex Grey

Bajé, vi a Juan y procedí a explotar de la risa y felicidad por diez minutos seguidos.

Después que me recuperara de la risa bajé a conversar con Aldo, otro de los aprendices del Taita, gran amigo y hombre de conocimiento:

Hombre, ¿qué acabo de fumar?

Estaba asombrado.

Su respuesta fue:

Es un extracto de una planta mexicana llamada Tepezcohuite. Acá en Venezuela está en todas partes, acá la llamamos Cují Negro. ¡Oh! En Brasil es muy importante y la llaman JUREMA.



¡La canción!
¡Había fumado la medicina de la que había estado escuchando todo ese tiempo!


Dos semanas después me encontraba en mi cocina haciendo mi primera extracción de DMT y había averiguado que la extracción se hace a partir de la corteza de la raíz de la Jurema que es de un color Lila profundo. COMO MI TATUAJE.
Les compartiré la historia de mi primera extracción en una entrada mas adelante.

Así que ese fue el día en que conocí a la Cabocla Jurema, espiritu de las matas.

Ese es el nombre de la DMT para mí. Ella ha sido una amiga, una sanadora y sobre todo una gran planta maestra en mi vida.

"Foi lá na mata que encontrei inspiração para seguir o caminho do coração." -Josii Yakecan


¿Has fumado DMT alguna vez?

Déjame tu comentario.

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I have never tried it, but I would like to. Interesting story. It's weird how everything connects, isn't it?

There is a saying that says DMT finds you when you are ready.

Stunning post. Learning so much from you guys. I've never smoked it but I love the sacredness you guys bring to mind altering plant medicines. I love the poetry of the song, the tattoo and the moment alll coming together, meant to be. how powerful that must have been! Loved this post. xxx

Thanks f for the reply! Yeah plant medicine is like that. The more respect you give the most benefit they give back.

Uiiiii I also should write about my experience

Please do! As far as I have observed, each and everyone has a different but always special experience this beautiful medicine.

I love how you notice sinchronicities!

I've never smoked DMT but I'd love to try. I've done my share of mushrooms and acid but as much as I'm reading about DMT, it's a whole another level.

Thank you for sharing this! It's inspiring!

It took me a couple of months to notice how all that tied together over all the experimentation on the first days. I definitively recommend doing it of you already are in your medicine path already. The trip is short and really beautiful if you take care of your set and setting and go in with a firm intention.

Ammmmazing article BTW

jajajaja me encanto leer esto.
Recuerdo que la segunda toma a la que fui contigo, nos ofreciste un poco, y luego de ver el proceso de erolfo me asuste y ya no quise inventar.

Seguro cuando vuelva a tener la oportunidad, no la pelo.

Otra cosa que quedo grabada en mi fue la voz tan bonita de josii, estuve fastidiandote para que me mandaras las canciones, y terminaste enviandome el primer play list de medicina que descargue.

Adiwa por todo ese amor que repartes rafa! un abrazo

Si, la reacción de Erolfo es noche fue un poco más allá de lo común y bien intenso lo que se vivió, pero tranquila que ella suele ser más gentil y amorosa. Y seguro que comisionista más pronto que tarde medicina! Todo Adiwa Chawarawaju.

I have journeyed far with Sister Jurema - what a gift She is!!! Smoked the DMT? That has not yet called my name. My travels with Sister Jurema have been life-changing. 😍

Hey, look one of the projects when I get more root ark is to make Vinho de Jurema. I have never made the brew, but I think it's time to learn that prayer. Jurema is a beautiful an loving plant teacher.

She is very gracious to those who prepare well. The Vinho de Jurema is rough on the uninitiated and not for new players. A Thai Shaman here study in Ecuador and bring the medicine back with her.

Yes, for those who do not respect our take her lightly, well the medicine has its rough side. But such is learning! Sometimes sweet, sometimes sour.

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