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What is DMT?

Dimethyltryptamine, commonly referred to as DMT, is a powerful hallucinogenic drug. DMT is commonly smoked, snorted, injected, or taken orally in combination with a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) in brews like ayahuasca. DMT is already naturally present in the brain, and is thought to influence dreaming and near-death experiences, which is why it is such a powerfully hallucinogenic substance.

Ayahuasca has been used for thousands of years amongst shamanic peoples. Recently, it has gained prominence in the west and more and more young people are trying it. Research on the possible health consequences of DMT is lacking, but when taken in combination with other drugs, as it often is, can be incredibly dangerous. According to Medical News Today, possible side effects of DMT include increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, chest pain, agitation, dilated pupils, rapid rhythmic movements of the eye, and dizziness. Oral consumption, in brews like ayahuasca, can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea and, “Depending on the individual user, the DMT experience can range from intensely exciting to overwhelmingly frightening. The experience can be so powerful that users may have difficulty processing and integrating the “trip” into their real life. Mental side effects may linger for many days or weeks after ingestion of the drug.

DMT is similar to the structure of serotonin, and users are at risk of developing serotonin syndrome. Serotonin syndrome can cause agitation, confusion, rapid heart rate, high blood pressure, loss of coordination, twitching, sweating, and potentially lethal seizures, fever, and unconsciousness. Individuals who take antidepressants are at increased risk of developing serotonin syndrome when taking DMT. Additionally, Medical News Today explains, “DMT could have serious adverse consequences for users with pre-existing psychological problems or a mental illness, such as schizophrenia. Due to limited research data, DMT is not known to cause physical dependence or addiction, although frequent recreational users may develop psychological cravings for the drug. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) suggests that, unlike other hallucinogens, DMT use does not seem to induce tolerance of the drug. Although it is not considered an addictive substance, DMT has several health risks, can produce terrifying hallucinations, and might lead to psychological dependency.” Psychological dependence on DMT and other hallucinogens can be just as powerful as the physical dependence caused by harder drugs like heroin, and requires treatment to overcome.

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