DMT (Dimethyltryptamine) is a very strong psychedelic found in a number of animals and plants.
Psychedelic drugs can affect all the senses, altering a person’s thinking, sense of time and emotions. Psychedelics can cause someone to hallucinate, seeing or hearing things that do not exist or are distorted.
DMT is structurally similar to psilocybin (magic mushrooms) and is known to produce short-acting and intense visual hallucinations.
What does DMT look like?
DMT is found in a variety of plants and is the psychoactive ingredient in the drug ayahuasca. In ayahuasca, a plant containing DMT is boiled together with a plant containing a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) such as harmaline, and the mixture is drunk.
When produced synthetically DMT is a white crystalline powder.
How is DMT used?
DMT can be:
vaporised or smoked in a pipe
drunk as part of an ayahuasca brew
Effects of DMT
There is no safe level of drug use. Use of any drug always carries some risk. It’s important to be careful when taking any type of drug.
Psychedelics affect everyone differently, based on:
size, weight and health
whether the person is used to taking it
whether other drugs are taken around the same time
the amount taken
the strength of the drug (varies from batch to batch)
environment (where the drug is taken).
Some people may have negative experiences taking psychedelics, or experiences they find challenging. This can include experiencing: