Of the 200 species of Bufo toads only the Bufo alvarius contains the psychoactive 5MeO-DMT.
Sometimes called the Colorado River Toad, the Sonoran Desert Toad is found in the Sonoran Desert that makes up much of the southern part of Arizona. It is most likely extinct in its former California range. The practice of using the toad for its psycho activity may date to Pre-Columbian times throughout Mesoamerica, as there are references to it in Mesoamerican mythology, art and iconography.
While Bufo alvarius secretes venom, which contains large amounts of one of the strongest naturally occurring hallucinogen, 5-methoxy-N,N-dimethyltryptamine (5-MeO-DMT), licking the toads to get high is an urban myth. The hallucinogenic compounds are released from its parotoid glands, which are located directly behind each jaw hinge where a white wart is also usually found. While 5MeO-DMT is both inactive and toxic when consumed orally it can be safely smoked. To get the best results out of the secreted venom, it needs to be collected, dried and later smoked.
Utilizing the psychoactive toad – it should be noted – is not for the novice, and this article intends only to provide an introduction as more research would be needed before you start “toad-sucking” yourself.
calls for holding the toad firmly and then squeezing the various multicellular glands around the neck and limbs. When you squeeze the base of the gland gently a small amount of white milky liquid squirts out. It would be best to have the squirt aimed onto a piece of glass or some similar easy-to-scrape surface. Squeeze each gland gently until all the liquid is released onto a glass slide or mirror. Systematically collect the venom from each of the toad’s glands on its neck, arms and fore and hind legs.
If you let the toad rest for an hour each gland can be squeezed again. After this second squeezing though you must wait four to six weeks before being able to obtain more. Be sure to always wash your hands after handling the toads. While the venom is psychoactive when smoked it is poisonous to consume orally. The white milky venom will dry almost immediately and you can spread it around on the glass to facilitate drying. Once thoroughly dry it will look like dried glue and can be further chopped and scraped and then stored in an airtight container, in a cool dark place where it will keep forever.
All Bufo toads also excrete bufotenine, which is most probably also psychoactive although this understanding is subject to continual academic debate.
When smoked the indole-based alkaloid (related to DMT and 4HO-DMT or psilocybin) gives an intense and occasionally sensual psychedelic experience of very short duration. One user described it as “being strapped to the nose of a rocket that flies into the sun and evaporates.”1 The immediate effect is most certainly overwhelming with an overload of thoughts and perceptions, which fades to a more LSD-like effect of ecstatic euphoria after a few minutes. However be aware that the response range can be one from bliss to terror. Like most psychedelics there is no hangover. The active dose of 5MeO-DMT when smoked is between three to twenty milligrams, which is less than a match head in size. For smoking a crack style pipe works well with a hot flame. Don’t take alcohol or other drugs and be in a comfortable setting, sitting or prone for at least 30minutes. And please, start with a light dose.