5-MeO-DMT Trainings and Safety Considerations

Bufo Alvarius Toad

Introduction to 5-MeO-DMT

5-MeO-DMT, a naturally occurring psychedelic substance, has been gaining attention in recent years for its potential therapeutic benefits. This powerful compound, both synthetically made and derived from the Bufo Alvarius toad, has been popularized in recent years due to its ability to produce mystical experiences. The expansive nature of the experience has been linked to significant improvements in mental health, including reductions in anxiety and depression, and increases in life satisfaction and personal meaning.


The Bufo Alvarius Toad and 5-MeO-DMT

The Bufo Alvarius toad, native to northern Mexico and the southwestern United States, produces 5-MeO-DMT in its parotoid glands, along with a dozen other tryptamines and alkaloids. Due to a drastic increase in popularity of 5-MeO-DMT among psychedelic users, the Bufo Alvarius toad species is facing many threats due to unethical harvesting practices. Fortunately, 5-MeO-DMT can also be produced synthetically in a laboratory and the experiential effects are identical.


The Potential of 5-MeO-DMT

We are currently in the midst of a psychedelic renaissance, with substances like psilocybin and 5-MeO-DMT being studied for their potential to treat ailments such as headaches, anxiety, depression, and more. Research has shown that these substances can have profound effects on the brain, altering mood, perception, and cognition in ways that can be therapeutic.


Scientists are becoming increasingly interested in the potential medical benefits of substances like 5-MeO-DMT. Preliminary studies suggest potential therapeutic applications for various mental health disorders, including addiction, depression, and anxiety. However, as with any substance, it’s crucial to balance potential benefits against the possible risks.


5-MeO-DMT and Mental Health

While these powerful capabilities of 5-MeO-DMT continue to circulate, an increasing number of participants with mental health conditions are seeking the experience. While the intense psychedelic experience induced by 5-MeO-DMT can lead to significant improvements in mood and overall mental health, many participants, especially those with mental health conditions are usually unaware of how grueling the process can be.


5-MeO-DMT is Not a Magic Cure, it is a Tool

While the 5-MeO-DMT experience can often be blissful, it can also be terrifying and challenging. In a perfect world, participants are educated by their facilitators on the possibility of these types of experiences, preparing them for the potential process ahead. Contrary to popular belief, the experience does not conclude when the 5-MeO-DMT journey ends. In fact, the process can be better understood to begin after the journey concludes. During this time suppressed emotions, patterns, memories and more may arise to. Skilled facilitators will guide participants to lean into this process, as it carries with it crucial insight into their healing process.


Safety and Training in 5-MeO-DMT Use

As the popularity of 5-MeO-DMT grows, more participants with serious mental health conditions are approaching it for support. Unfortunately, most 5-MeO-DMT trainings, many of them only being a few days to a few weeks long, do not include enough information to promote harm reduction and keep participants safe. With the number of poorly trained 5-MeO-DMT practitioners on the rise, so are reports of sexual misconduct, PTSD, physical harm, serotonin syndrome, destabilization, death and more.


The Role of F.I.V.E in 5-MeO-DMT Education

F.I.V.E (5-MeO-DMT Information & Vital Education) is a centralized resource hub on 5-MeO-DMT with a mission to provide the community with the necessary education for individuals to make informed and responsible decisions when choosing to work with 5-MeO-DMT. With over 30+ free pages accessible to the public, FIVE is dedicated to promoting safety via education.


In addition, F.I.V.E offers the world’s most comprehensive 5-MeO-DMT training program with over 35+ guest teachers spanning over the course of 9 months. Their aim is to raise the caliber on 5-MeO-DMT facilitation across the globe.


5-MeO-DMT Training Concerns

As 5-MeO-DMT continues to gain its reputation as the most potent psychedelic known to man, it is more widely being sought after by participants who are brand new to the psychedelics and suffering from serious conditions. As these participants learn to navigate a new terrain in the psychedelic space, into the niche landscape of 5-MeO-DMT, they run an extremely high risk of finding their way into spaces ill equipped to support their needs.


A key concern is the lack of regulation and oversight in the 5-MeO-DMT field. This has allowed individuals with little to no training to promote themselves as “shamans” or “healers,” offering powerful psychedelic experiences to vulnerable individuals. These untrained facilitators often lack the necessary skills to guide users safely through the intense experiences that psychedelics can induce, putting their clients at risk of psychological and physical harm. Moreover, some facilitators have even been accused of using their position to manipulate and exploit their clients. For example, Gerardo “Gerry” Sandoval and Octavio Rettig, two well-known facilitators of 5-MeO-DMT ceremonies, have been accused of a range of malpractices, including psychological manipulation, intentional overdosing, and even physical violence.

Skilled Facilitators Guide Participants
Skilled Facilitators will Guide Participants


No Mentorship= The Wild West

With medicines, such as Ayahuasca, the process of becoming a medicine provider is long and rigorous. Usually there are highly experienced guides who have dedicated their entire lives to their service providing guidance and oversight to those stepping onto the path. As 5-MeO-DMT is relatively new and has no ancient tradition or lineage, there has been an enormous teething process for both facilitators and participants. In many cases, newly trained facilitators are left to fend on their own after a short training and often lack the desire to seek oversight from more experienced facilitators in their practice.


Under Trained Facilitators Guiding 5-MeO-DMT Experiences

A serious risk is the potential for individuals to have traumatic or distressing experiences, in the hands of undertrained practitioners. Psychedelics can induce intense emotional and psychological reactions, and without proper guidance and support, these experiences can be deeply unsettling. In some cases, individuals may experience a sense of dying or ego dissolution, which can be terrifying if not properly prepared for and managed.


Furthermore, the use of psychedelics can sometimes lead to the emergence of repressed or unconscious material. This can be beneficial in a therapeutic context, as it can allow individuals to confront and work through unresolved issues. However, without the guidance of a skilled facilitator, this process can be overwhelming and potentially harmful.


The Spiritual Significance of 5-MeO-DMT

5-MeO-DMT is not just a drug; and should not be treated as such. Instead, 5-MeO-DMT can be better understood as a tool with the potential to connect participants to deep levels of healing, insights, and connection with the universe. When 5-MeO-DMT is not treated with reverence it can lead to serious issues.


Substance Abuse Among 5-MeO-DMT Facilitators

While 5-MeO-DMT has potential therapeutic uses, it’s also essential to address concerns about abuse and it’s affects. Many undertrained facilitators, are guided by other undertrained facilitators to unconsciously abuse 5-MeO-DMT, often smoking it many times a week or even daily. Some trainers will even have their trainees sit with 5-MeO-DMT in large doses 30 days in a row for their “initiation.” Unfortunately, this school of thought can not only negatively affect these facilitators, but their participants too.


Frequent 5-MeO-DMT use without proper periods of integration tends to cause an inflated ego, which can lead to a distorted self-perception, where one overestimates their abilities and importance, often resulting in self-centered behavior. Furthermore, the belief that one already knows everything can prevent these facilitators from seeking new knowledge or accepting constructive criticism. As a result, facilitators with inflated ego’s may unconsciously dismiss others’ opinions and perspectives, relying solely on their own judgment, which may not always be accurate or beneficial.


5-MeO-DMT Facilitators Turn Guru

Things become increasingly dangerous for participants when a facilitators inflated Ego goes unchecked. These cases can lead the facilitator to experience themselves as a savior, the messiah, a guru and in some cases even begin to form cults around their delusions. For many participants in search of someone to support their healing process, this relationship can turn toxic very quickly for the participant.


Training Makes the Difference

Considering these risks, it’s easy to imagine how dangerous an improperly trained 5-MeO-DMT facilitator with an inflated ego could be. Luckily, the dangers associated with 5-MeO-DMT facilitation can be largely mitigated through proper training, ethical practices and a continued desire on the part of facilitators to continue learning and sharpening their skillsets.


In conclusion, while 5-MeO-DMT holds great promise, though it is not without its risks. As the field continues to develop, it is crucial that we prioritize the safety and well-being of participants seeking both help and exploration. This means ensuring that facilitators are properly trained. Only then can we fully harness the healing potential of psychedelics while minimizing the risks.


Facilitating without Doing the Work

One concern with big implications is the absence of a criteria for students joining less than basic 5-MeO-DMT trainings. As a result, many facilitators serving the world’s most powerful psychedelic have had little to no previous skillsets in psychedelic space holding, therapeutic techniques, backgrounds as spiritual teachers or even the necessity of engaging in their own work before attempting to help others.


First Time Sitters Become 5-MeO-DMT Facilitators

As the 5-MeO-DMT experience can be boundless, infinite and even blissful by nature, this homecoming has inspired many first-time participants to step into the role of facilitator. Unfortunately, many of these participants make the decision to step straight into facilitation, bypassing the important phase of deep study with 5-MeO-DMT. During this important step of the process, individuals build a deep relationship with 5-MeO-DMT and learn the intricacies of its teachings through doing their own work with the molecule.


Skipping this crucial step leaves newly minted facilitators with no frame of reference to support their participants through the many facets of the experience before, during and after the journey. This lack of knowledge during a container with a participant going through a difficult process can be detrimental and even harmful to the participant’s process.


No First Aid Skills, No Problem!

Almost all facilitator trainings do not require facilitators to be first aid certified. This means that a high percentage of participants are sitting with facilitators that do not have the basic skills to keep them alive, should they stop breathing.


5-MeO-DMT Mentorship, Guidance and Critique Avoidance.

Danger hits an all-time high when untrained facilitators set off on their own without any desire to continue learning. If ego inflation has set in, they may even become avoidant or resistant to hearing any feedback or guidance from senior practitioner’s efforts to support them in building a safer and more effective practice. In these cases, facilitators often put their ideals before the needs of the participant.



The Importance of Harm Reduction in 5-MeO-DMT Use

Given the intensity of the 5-MeO-DMT experience and the potential risks involved, harm reduction is a crucial aspect of 5-MeO-DMT use. This involves taking steps to minimize the potential harms and risks associated with the substance.


Harm reduction strategies for 5-MeO-DMT begin with education. Facilitators should include a thorough preparation process including education on 5-MeO-DMT, preparatory calls, a medical health screening, careful dosage control, supervision by a trained facilitator, and a strong emphasis on integration following the experience.


Bulldozing Past the Ego

The 5-MeO-DMT experience can be overwhelming and potentially harmful to individuals who are not fully prepared for the experience. Unfortunately, the old school of thought taught to many facilitators has been to dose high enough to push past the fears, anxieties, and objections of the Ego. As the needs of the participant are being ignored and the full body of the experience is being forced on them, it is easy to see how this style of facilitation can be dangerous.



5-MeO-DMT and Integration Concerns

Without integration many 5-MeO-DMT experiences can result in little to no change for the participant and also increases their risk of becoming destabilized or even harmed by their experience. Unfortunately, many untrained facilitators do not include integration, leaving participants with little to no support, and in cases when it is included, they are often running the integration sessions themselves.

5-MeO-DMT Integration Concerns
5-MeO-DMT and Integration Concerns

While this might work for a well-seasoned psychonaut with an intention of exploration, but for participants who are suffering and in a deep process it can be harmful.  Simply because a facilitator serves 5-MeO-DMT, that does not make them an integration specialist or therapist. Unfortunately, facilitators who are untrained in integration may be putting these participants at a high risk.


The Bufo Alvarius Toad and Conservation Efforts

The increasing demand for 5-MeO-DMT has led to concerns about the conservation of this species. It is important to promote sustainable and ethical practices in the harvesting of 5-MeO-DMT to ensure the survival of the Bufo Alvarius toad.


One concern around facilitators coming out of the short, lacking trainings led by cowboy “shamans”, is a false belief that bufo secretion is the only way forward and that pure or synthetic 5-MeO-DMT is poison. This belief becomes dangerous not only to the toads for a myriad of conservational issues, but to the participant themselves as bufo secretion in some cases may be the more dangerous option for some participants.


Understanding the Risks: 5-MeO-DMT and Heart Risks

Like many other psychedelic substances, 5-MeO-DMT can have significant effects on the body’s physical function. One notable impact is on heart rate, which can increase substantially during a 5-MeO-DMT experience. This effect may pose risks, particularly for individuals with pre-existing heart conditions, and underscores the need for thorough medical screening when using substances like 5-MeO-DMT, particularly from the Bufo toad secretion.


Bufo Toad Secretion Dosage Risks

In addition to heart and conservation risks, Bufo toad secretion is impossible to weigh. As any batch of toad secretion has anywhere from 10%-30% 5-MeO-DMT, there is a huge error of margin when it comes to dosing participants. To shake things up even more, lacking trainings are teaching facilitators to serve 100-150mg+mg of toad to their participants, rather than the agreed upon safe toad dosage protocol of 60+mgs.


The Therapeutic Potential of 5-MeO-DMT

There’s growing interest in the potential therapeutic applications of psychedelics, including 5-MeO-DMT. Preliminary research suggests that it might have benefits for mental health conditions like depression and anxiety. Some users also report improvements in life satisfaction and a sense of spiritual exploration following their experiences with 5-MeO-DMT. However, further research is needed to fully understand these effects and their long-term implications.


The Future of 5-MeO-DMT Facilitation

As we continue to learn more about this powerful compound, it is crucial to prioritize safety and education, ensuring that those who choose to explore 5-MeO-DMT can do so in a responsible and informed manner. As adequate trainings on 5-MeO-DMT are becoming available, and more and more educational material is beginning to surface, the future of 5-MeO-DMT looks promising.


Conclusion: The Journey into 5-MeO-DMT

The journey into 5-MeO-DMT is a journey into the self, the universe, and the very nature of consciousness. As we continue to explore this powerful psychedelic, it’s crucial to prioritize safety, education, and harm reduction. The potential of 5-MeO-DMT is vast, but it must be approached with respect and responsibility.


The potential of psychedelic therapy is vast and exciting, but it is not without its risks. As with any powerful tool, the effectiveness and safety of psychedelic therapy depend heavily on the skill and integrity of the practitioner. Unfortunately, the field is currently plagued by a number of untrained facilitators and charlatans who pose significant dangers to those seeking help.

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