Dimethyltryptamine 2017-11-23T17:52:25+00:00

Dimethyltryptamine (DMT, Fantasia, Businessman’s Special)

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Illegal Drugs – Information About Dimethyltryptamine

Street names: DMT, Dimitri, fantasia, businessman’s special/lunch/trip/LSD, Spice
Drug Classification:  DMT is a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act. It is illegal produce or posses in any form and has no recognized medical value or potential.

General Information

N,N-Dimethyltryptamine, also known simply as DMT, is a powerful psychedelic that quickly produces intense visual effects. It is produced synthetically but is also naturally made in the human body as well as in a wide variety of plants around the world. It is found in crystals or a crystalline powder that is smoked, snorted, injected, or taken orally in conjunction with an MAO inhibitor (commonly for ayahuasca teas). It is not to be confused with its more potent and more toxic cousin chemical 5-MeO-DMT, which is found in toad venom.

Hallucinogenic Effects

The effects of DMT come on rapidly, in between 10 and 60 seconds (if smoked), with the rush compared to being shot out of a cannon. Effects and hallucinations are fully enveloping, causing ordinary reality to fall away and be replaced by a fantasy or dream world where users report talking to supernatural beings, alien life-forms, traveling to different dimensions, or otherwise intense and engaging hallucinations. Open eye visuals like color shifting and kaleidoscope patters, as well as shamanic or spiritual experiences are common.

Psychological effects can include changes in perception of reality, the world, or ones identity, profound ontological perspectives, and deep understandings of self and the universe, before a sudden and abrupt return to reality. Effects last around 15 or 20 minutes, though many people report a “cooling off” period of an hour or two before they fully return to baseline.

DMT Abuse

DMT’s rapid onset and short duration make it attractive to recreational users seeking a psychedelic experience but who do not want the effects to go on for hours, as they do with mushrooms or LSD. But the DMT experience is quite different and more overwhelming than these other substances, often leaving users bewildered or frightened as a result of what they say, thought, or felt. Experiences can be so powerful and users can feel so distanced from reality that residual emotions and mental side effects may last for days or even weeks after ingestion.

Users may feel unable to concentrate or sleep as they try to integrate their DMT experience into daily life. This has decreased the popularity of DMT as a recreational drug, since its hallucinations and bizarre reality-bending effects are not always accompanied by euphoria or positive feelings.

Dangerous Side Effects

DMT increases heart rate and body temperature can cause stomach discomfort or lung irritation (DMT smoke is known to be quite harsh). Some users are not prepared for the speed and intensity of effects, causing them to drop their pipe, fall down, or knock things over. Unpleasant DMT experiences can consist of complete terror and anxiety and leave users devastated for lengths of time. These people should seek psychological help to confront and overcome their experience. DMT should therefore never be ingested in a party, club, or rave setting.

DMT Overdose

Overdoses of DMT have resulted in respiratory depression and coma. Taking an MAO inhibitor can massively increase the effects of DMT, so dramatically that the experience is too overwhelming or frightening. But MAO inhibitors are taken when DMT is taken orally, to potentiate the drugs effects.

Addiction

Short periods of tolerance directly after use have been reported, though scientific studies prove this to be questionable. DMT is not physically addictive, but it can be habit forming and its use can be problematic if users feel they need it to escape from their problems, their lives, or reality itself. Some individuals are more prone to abuse of DMT than others, and using it alone can be dangerous because of its unpredictable effects and the potential for users to hurt themselves while under the influence and detached from reality.


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