Category: Psychedelic tryptamine
Chemical name: N,N-dimethyltryptamine
- DMT is a powerful visual psychedelic substance that produces short-acting and intense effects. It is naturally produced in the pineal gland of the human brain, as well as by many plants, and has been used traditionally in South America in Ayahuasca brews and snuffs for hundreds of years. It can also be produced synthetically.
- DMT comes in crystalline form and can be white, pink or orange. It is usually smoked, but it can also be administered by injecting, snorting or swallowing. When swallowed, it is not orally active unless taken with an MAOI. When smoked, DMT will usually reach its full effect within 10-60 seconds of inhalation, lasting about 5-20 minutes. After-effects can be felt for another 1 or 2 hours. Effects are less intense when DMT is swallowed orally.
*Reactions and experiences may vary dramatically from person to person.*
Effects on brain:
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Effects on body:
- Possible immediate effects include throat and lung irritation when smoked, mild stomach discomfort, increased heart rate and blood pressure.
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Effects on behaviour:
- Possible immediate effects include intense open-eye visuals, radical shifts in perspective, profound life-changing spiritual experiences, change in perception of time, auditory hallucinations, overly-intense experiences, overwhelming fear and difficulty integrating experiences. Users have described seeing the face of God, visiting other worlds and having conversations with aliens.
- Possible long-term effects include triggering of underlying psychological problems.
Addiction: DMT is not physically addictive and unlikely to cause psychological dependence, though some people will have the urge to use it more frequently than they are comfortable with. Most users report that one or two experiences with DMT are enough for them.
Tolerance: There is a short period of tolerance after DMT use.
*Disclaimer! Nothing you do can make using DMT completely safe. All drug use has inherent risks and dangers. The suggestions in this section can only help you reduce some of the associated risks. The best way to avoid the harms related to drug use is to not take the drug at all.*
- DMT is illegal under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, therefore if you are caught possessing, exchanging, buying or selling this drug it can result in criminal charges.
- Drug use affects the developing mind and body differently than developed ones. Waiting until your mind and body have more fully developed before using substances can have long term health and mental benefits.
- Smoking DMT can cause throat and lung irritation.
- Avoid smoking DMT if you are currently taking MAOIs. MAOIs are commonly found in prescription anti-depressants. Check with your doctor if you are not sure whether your prescription medication is an MAOI.
- If injecting use new, clean syringes and equipment. Prepare your shot on a clean surface. Clean the area you are planning to inject with soap and water or an alcohol pad. You can get clean injection supplies from a syringe exchange, a pharmacy, or your local health department. Cleaning needles and works between uses is not risk-free; it’s a last resort. Rinse with cool water 3 times, bleach for 30 seconds, then clean water 3 times.
- It is best to use DMT in a safe environment with people you know.
- Have someone watch you while you administer it. DMT takes effect so quickly that many users burn themselves if the pipe isn’t taken away from them.
- Avoid operating heavy machinery and driving. Avoid standing up.
- Individuals currently experiencing emotional or psychological upheaval in their lives should be very careful about choosing to use intense psychedelics such as DMT. They can sometimes trigger even more difficulty, due to overwhelming hallucinations, anxiety and fear.
- Individuals with a family history of schizophrenia or psychological problems should avoid using DMT, as it can trigger underlying problems.
- Avoid using DMT with other substances, especially stimulants.