(STUDYFINDS) — A psychedelic compound known for its powerful, hallucinogenic episodes is produced naturally in the brains of mammals, according to medical researchers from the University of Michigan. But despite the finding, scientists are still unsure as to why.

The trippy substance, known as DMT, or dimethyltryptamine, is a molecule that forms the active ingredient in Ayahuasca, a tea-like drink traditionally used in sacred rituals by indigenous people of the Amazon.

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