What is DMT?
DMT, short for the chemical name Dimethyltryptamine, is a natural hallucinogenic chemical found in some plant species. After its discovery, it was synthesized in labs to be tested as a potential treatment. This artificial DMT, also called Dimitri, appears as a white powder. People native to the Amazon have long used the natural form, in the form of Ayahuasca as a trigger for spiritual experiences. People will take this drug by:
- Pills, tablets, or liquids
- Snorting (in powder form)
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Effects of DMT
Obviously, as with any hallucinogen, DMT can cause realistic hallucinations. People who have reported their experience with the drug have spoken of sights, sounds, tastes, smells, and actual physical feelings, as if they have literally been pulled from where they were to somewhere entirely new. These hallucinations frequently involve altered environments and body and spatial distortions. Naturally, this can be an overwhelming, terrifying experience for some. That is what makes this drug so dangerous, especially when mixed with other stimulants like Cocaine or Methamphetamines, that could turn someone violent. Other side effects that come with DMT are:
- Increased heart rate
What Does DMT Do?
DMT, like LSD and Psilocybin Mushrooms, is a hallucinogen that produces its effects through the serotonin receptors. This is possible, much like how Opioids work, because the chemical structure of Dimethyltryptamine is similar to that of serotonin. There is speculation that the body actually releases traces of it in near-death experiences.
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What Is Ayahuasca?
Ayahuasca is a tea made from any of the several plants that naturally contain DMT. Customarily made by indigenous South American peoples, mainly from the Amazon region, as part of a traditional healing and religious purposes. Today, many people outside of South America have adopted the use of Ayahuasca for the same means, generally as a way of self-realization.
Though it is a hallucinogen, and can have some dangerous effects, there hasn’t been any confirmation that DMT is an addictive substance. There does not seem to be any documented symptoms of withdrawal or craving it. That being said, addiction is an incredibly personal disease, and anyone can develop an addiction to just about anything. Often times, when there is no biological component to someone’s addiction, there is a psychological aspect that has someone looking for escape. This need is what drives someone to abuse a substance again and again, until they grow dependent on its effects to function normally.
Recovering from DMT Addiction
There is help available if you, or someone you love, are addicted to DMT. While addiction is a scary thing, it is treatable. The most important step is finding the right treatment for you. If you don’t know what that is, where that is, or where to start, then you should try reaching out to a dedicated treatment specialist. They’re available 24/7 to speak confidentially about whatever problem you may be going up against and help you plan out your next steps.
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