What Is DMT?
DMT, or dimethyltryptamine, is a naturally occurring psychedelic compound of the tryptamine family. It instigates a very quick and extremely powerful psychedelic experience. The hallucinogenic state is very short-lived, generally no longer than a few minutes. Occuring naturally in the human body, and, in fact, in every living being. Researchers have reported finding DMT in the pineal gland of rodents, which has led to the widespread belief that DMT occurs in the human pineal gland as well. Although that belief is speculative and not supported by clinical evidence at this time. Popularity increased in the 1960’s and was placed under federal control under Schedule I when the Controlled Substances Act was passed in 1971. It’s still found on the illicit drug market today along with several other kinds of tryptami+ne hallucinogens. It goes by different names in different places over the world a few of which include:
How Is DMT Used?
Because DMT is a very harsh and potent drug to smoke, it is sometimes mixed with herbs – such as ayahuasca – to make changa. Each batch of changa is different depending on what herbs are used, so strengths vary.
A South American plant, chacruna, contains DMT and is sometimes mixed with the ayahuasca plant to make the shamanic brew, ayahuasca.
DMT can be prepared for injecting, and this is particularly dangerous.
The chemical root structure of DMT is similar to the anti-migraine drug sumatriptan, and it acts as a non-selective agonist at most or all of the serotonin receptors, particularly at the serotonin 5-ht2a receptor. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that has a large effect on the majority of our brain cells.
Its use can be traced back hundreds of years and is often associated with religious practices or rituals. The drug is the active ingredient in ayahuasca, a traditional South American brewed tea.
Used illicitly for its psychoactive, hallucinogenic effects. “Spiritual insight” is one of the most commonly reported positive side effects of the drug.
The vast majority of new users are already experienced with using psychedelic drugs, and as is the case with other illegal hallucinogens, users often obtain the drug through the Internet.
Research from the Global Drug Survey carried out in 2016 reported 2.24 percent of people used it in the last 12 months. It was among the least used drugs overall, with only kratom and modafinil used less.