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Side Effects of DMT

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DMT is a hallucinogenic that can be found naturally in various plant species and produced as a synthetic drug. Although the brain produces DMT naturally, the compound itself is listed as a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substances Act because it produces several potentially harmful psychoactive DMT effects and also because the drug has no known medical use. If you see side effects of DMT in a loved one, contact us at Evoke Wellness at Coconut Creek online or call 866.693.3871 today to learn how our addiction treatment can help.

The Dangerous Side Effects of DMT

According to the DEA, the American Psychiatric Association (APA), and other academic sources, the potentially harmful and dangerous DMT side effects include:

  • Hallucinogenic effects
  • Severe anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Physical changes to heart rate, body temperature, and blood pressure
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting
  • Unconsciousness
  • Seizures

While some of these DMT side effects may not seem serious in a vacuum, they may have repercussions that lead to greater danger to the user. Additionally, there can be severe medical reactions to DMT side effects that impact not only an individual’s mental health but their internal organs and physical body as well. Some of the side effects of DMT could be similar to those diagnosed with a mental health disorder, such as psychosis, anxiety, mood swings, and/or depression. In people with pre-existing cardiac issues or in individuals already using other medications for depression or chronic pain, one of the DMT side effects could be cardiac arrest.

DMT use alone is not likely to result in overdose or death, but that said, individuals who are under the influence of hallucinogenic drugs could be at risk of being involved in an accident or making poor choices that can have seriously dangerous or fatal consequences.

Of all the side effects of DMT, no formal withdrawal syndrome can be associated with the abuse of DMT or any other hallucinogenic drugs, for that matter. This makes addiction treatment and a successful recovery from any hold DMT may have on you or a loved one more likely.

What Does DMT Feel Like?

Most commonly, as with other hallucinogenic drugs, DMT produces a heightened perceptual experience that may include perceiving colors more intensely than they really are, sounds more acutely, and having a greater sensitivity to touch. Additionally, some of the DMT side effects include:

  • Hallucinating and seeing and hearing things that are not truly there
  • Synesthesia, which is the belief that you can hear colors and see sounds
  • Cognitive changes, including distortions of feeling that you are invulnerable, that the things surrounding you are not real, and belief that you have become something else (like an animal or an inanimate object)
  • Loss of ability to accurately judge the passing of time
  • Powerful delusions

Reasons You Shouldn’t Take DMT

Taking the drug DMT, or N,N-Dimethyltryptamine, can be highly risky due to its potent hallucinogenic effects, which can lead to severe psychological distress, intense fear, and potentially dangerous behavior during and after the experience. It can cause unpredictable and often overwhelming hallucinations, which may result in lasting mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, or psychosis. The importance of substance abuse treatment lies in providing individuals with the support and resources needed to overcome addiction, address underlying mental health conditions, and develop healthier coping mechanisms. Effective treatment can lead to recovery, improving overall well-being and reducing the risks associated with drug use, such as health complications, legal issues, and impaired social and occupational functioning.

Contact Evoke Wellness at Coconut Creek for DMT Treatment Today

DMT side effects can be treacherous, and the drug can be a gateway to experimenting with other, more dangerous substances. Evoke Wellness at Coconut Creek can help break the cycle of addiction before it starts. Contact us today by using our secure online form or call us at 866.693.3871.