Graveyard Shift

'Machine Elves' Are Entities People See While On DMT, And Some Think They're From Another Dimension

Dimethyltryptamine, more commonly known as DMT, is a powerful psychedelic that some believe can be found naturally in almost all living creatures on Earth. DMT functions as a hallucinogenic that typically causes the user to see beautiful fractal patterns, though some users say the experience is beyond human language.

Over the years, users have claimed they entered separate dimensions, sometimes encountering otherworldly entities. Ethnobotanist and self-proclaimed "psychonaut" Terence McKenna called these entities "machine elves" after he first encountered them during a hallucinogenic journey brought on by a shamanistic medicine called ayahuasca, or "the vine of the dead." The main ingredient in ayahuasca is DMT.  

But what are machine elves? Where do machine elves come from? Are they friendly or dangerous? Some of the world's bravest psychonauts have attempted to answer these questions, and their stories are equal parts chilling and fascinating.