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A new app claims to allow users to have psychedelic trips using their smartphone.

The team behind Lumenate claim that they are able to make people experience trips by using the flickering lights of their device.

The creators of the app claim that it can "guide your brain into a unique and powerful altered state of consciousness between that of deep meditation and classic psychedelics".

Lumenate is the brainchild of software engineers Tom Galea and Jay Conlon who are aiming to "make subconscious exploration more accessible than ever before".

Explaining the concept, Galea told Vice magazine: "At a basic level, as the light flashes the brain also flashes in sync, sending a signal that something's changing.

"Gradually that synchronization with the light spreads through the brain and allows you to send it into the desired state."

The pair hope that the app can be used to help people get better sleep by clearing their mind from stress.