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What Is DMT?

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DMT (dimethyltryptamine) is a psychedelic substance. This hallucinogenic tryptamine drug naturally occurs in many plant species and seeds but can also be made synthetically in a laboratory. In many ways, DMT is a modern form of LSD, as it can produce effects similar to those of psychedelics like LSD and mushrooms. If you are wondering, “What is DMT?” or are concerned that someone special in your life is not acting themselves, we can help. Contact the caring professionals at Evoke Wellness at Coconut Creek by calling 866.693.3871 today to learn about our addiction treatment programs and services.

What Is DMT?

DMT is a Schedule I controlled substance in the United States. This classification means making, buying, possessing, or distributing DMT in America is illegal. It’s important to know that DMT goes by many other names on the street, including:

  • Dimitri
  • Fantasia
  • Businessman’s trip
  • Businessman’s special
  • 45-minute psychosis
  • Spiritual molecule

As with many other illicit drugs, DMT affects people in many ways. Some users will enjoy the experience of being high from DMT, while others find it overwhelming or frightening, calling it a bad trip. People have described the drug’s psychoactive effects as feeling like they are zooming in warp speed, with bright lights and strange shapes. This out-of-body experience makes users of DMT feel like they have changed into something else entirely and, at times, are visiting other worlds.

How Long Does DMT Last?

Synthetic DMT produces effects within just a few minutes, while people using plant-based versions of the drug will wait 20-60 minutes to feel its impact. The intensity and duration of a DMT trip depend on several things, including:

  • The dosage of DMT used
  • How DMT is used
  • Whether you have eaten or not before using DMT
  • If you are taking other drugs in addiction to DMT

If inhaled, snorted, or injected, DMT lasts for about 45 to 60 minutes, but up to 6 hours if DMT is consumed as a drink in a brew like ayahuasca.

What Is DMT and How Is It Consumed?

Synthetic DMT usually comes in the form of a white, crystalline powder, although sometimes it can have a yellowish or pinkish hue. DMT can be smoked in a pipe, vaporized, injected, or snorted. Unlike other drugs, DMT can be consumed as a drink. Its plants and vines are able to be boiled to create a tea-like beverage, the strength of which will vary.

What Are the Risks of DMT?

DMT usage comes with potentially serious risks. The physical side effects of DMT include a raised heart rate and blood pressure. These can be especially risky if the user has an existing heart condition or already has high blood pressure.

Using DMT may also cause:

  • Seizures
  • Loss of muscle coordination
  • Injuries from falling
  • Confusion
  • Respiratory arrest
  • Coma

Other hallucinogenic drugs tend only to have short-term consequences, but DMT may cause long-term psychosis and hallucinogen-persisting perception disorder (HPPD), commonly known as “flashbacks.” These are more likely to occur in people with preexisting mental health conditions. Additionally, the addictive qualities of DMT are still being considered, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, but this doesn’t mean that using DMT isn’t dangerous.

Contact Evoke Wellness at Coconut Creek Today

Now that you know what is DMT, if you feel that a loved one is taking this drug, contact us at Evoke Wellness at Coconut Creek today by using our secure online form or call us at 866.693.3871. We offer individualized treatment plans administered by caring professionals in our state-of-the-art treatment center. This allows you to focus on your health and well-being while receiving needed treatment and support. Our addiction treatment programs can break the cycle of drug use and help avoid any potential impacts DMT may have as a gateway to more illicit drugs and addiction.