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What is a DMT Experience?

If you are more or less up to date with the different kinds of drugs and narcotics doing the rounds in the market, you may have come across the initials DMT before. But then again, this is not quite as popular as LSD or the other commonly found hallucinogens; chances are, you may have heard about them in passing and haven’t really bothered to delve deeper into what DMT is or what it can do.

Well, DMT stands for Dimethyltryptamine; this is a hallucinogenic drug that naturally occurs in a number of animal and plant products. As a matter of fact, DMT isn’t all that new, and has been around for ages. Hundreds of years ago, DMT was commonly used in a number of religious practices and rituals. However, DMT may also be produced artificially, as demonstrated by scientist Richard Manske in 1931. Unfortunately, in the recent years, the hallucinogenic effects of DMT have come into the limelight and of late, it is being used for addiction and recreation purposes. Amongst youngsters, who just want to have fun and feel the “high”, DMT is pretty common.

However, what people fail to realise is that any form of drug comes with its own set of side effects and adverse consequences. Before you know it, you would be addicted and we all know how tough the journey is from then on. In the article below, we will discuss further in detail about what DMT drug is, its effects and the dangers associated with it.

What is DMT?

For those who don’t know, you must be wondering what is DMT. To put it very simply, DMT is a psychedelic drug. In its natural form, DMT is a white coloured crystalline drug that is often found in a number of plants in Asia, South America and Mexico. This is a naturally occurring drug, which means some traces of it can be found in our body as well. DMT is present in safe and acceptable quantities in the brains of mammals as well. In scientific terms, DMT is often referred to as entheogen which literally translates to god generated. This is because DMT happens to be the strongest of all the psychedelic drugs that are available. In the street, DMT is called by myriad names which include Fantasia, Dmitri, Businessman’s Trip and 45 Minutes Psychosis.

In our body, DMT is naturally generated as a result of metabolism between the neurotransmitter called serotonin and an enzyme called tryptamine-N-methyltransferase. DMT is a one drug that can be inhaled, ingested and injected as well. It was Dr. Richard Strassman, a psychologist, who studied the various effects that DMT has. He discovered that the pineal gland in our body releases DMT in fixed quantities when death is approaching. Hence, this is what people usually refer to when they speak of near death experiences and hallucinations that are often encountered just before death.

Here’s what most people don’t know about DMT. The drug remains inactive unless you consume it with another product that inhibits the metabolism of DMT.

How is DMT usually used by people?

DMT had been given an illegal status given its adverse effects when consumed without prescription. But when has that ever stopped people? DMT is readily available on the streets even today. Usually, DMT doesn’t have much of an effect when consumed just orally; in most cases, DMT is smoked, snorted or even injected. It is usually taken in combination with a herbal plant by the name of Ayahuasca which enhances the effect. The harmala alkaloids which are present in the product work in association with monoamine oxidase. This further inhibits the metabolism of the hallucinogens in Tryptamine drug or DMT thus resulting in the “high” that you so look forward to. The drug is then absorbed into the bloodstream, thus affecting the normal functioning of the brain. Once the brain comes under the influence of DMT, it results in psychoactive effects. DMT produces a sense of spiritual awakening in those who consume it, a strange sense of insight that is denied to us under ordinary circumstances.

The average dose of consumption usually ranges between 30 mg to 150 mg. Within these limits, you would be feeling the buzz almost instantly. The peak of the high usually lasts between three to five minutes before it wears off. However, the total effect lasts for about forty five minutes. If you consume DMT in combination with something else, it takes about half an hour for the high to kick in. However it lasts longer (about a couple of hours) and wears off in about four to six hours.

The DMT experience

If you have never tried DMT before, it might be a little hard to grasp the meaning of the whole experience. Unlike other drugs, DMT provides a sense of spiritual awakening – almost like you have transcended space and time. Along with other side effects, DMT also brings on intense hallucinations (which are both sensory and auditory) thus providing a wholesome experience that can only be described as otherworldly. Users have frequently reported having life changing experiences; these include travelling to different dimensions, epiphanies and complete changes of perception, speaking to aliens and even time travel. Other hallucinogenic drugs like mushroom or LSD too come with side effects. But comparisons show that DMT is a whole lot less harmful as compared to the other drugs in the same category.

DMT effects on the brain

Addiction, at the end of the day, is entirely a matter of the brain. DMT too directly influences the brain in order to produce the desired effect. The psychedelic effects that are produced on consumption of DMT are due to the fact that the drug mingles with the neurotransmitters controlling the production of serotonin in the brain. The brain naturally produces DMT in fixed amounts, but introducing DMT to the brain in large quantities would certainly get in the way of normal functioning. DMT directly affects the frontal cortex of the brain. This portion controls our mood and emotions; hence, the intense and often violent feelings and emotions are generated post consumption of DMT.

Physical effects of DMT

The physical effects of DMT largely depend on how much you have smoked or consumed. Based on that, the effects would range from exciting to frightening. Once the effect wanes out, you might even find it difficult to believe it happened. The mental side effects of DMT intake usually take longer to wear off and may even last for a week or two. Physically speaking, these are some common effects that you may face:

  • Increase in blood pressure
  • Agitation
  • Dizziness
  • Rapid heart rate and palpitations
  • Chest pain or a weird taut feeling in the chest
  • Dilated pupils
  • Rapid and unstable movement of your eyes
  • If you consume DMT in a very high dosage, it may even lead to respiratory arrest, seizures or coma.

Being a hallucinogenic, the following can be expected in the case of DMT consumption:

  • A feeling of having transcended time and space
  • Sudden bouts of joy and ecstasy
  • Both auditory and visual hallucinations
  • An out of body experience (almost like floating in nothingness)
  • A sensation of intense and bright colours around you
  • An insight into yourself, a spiritual awakening or epiphanies are common.

Now usually, DMT provides for a pleasant ride for most users. But for some, the experience might be overwhelming and a bit too much to handle. This is commonly referred to as “bad trip”. The characteristics of such bad trips may be described as follows:

  • A feeling of having lost all control
  • Confusion and disorientation
  • Anxiety, overwhelming grief, fear, anger and other negative emotions
  • A feeling that you might be losing it or going insane
  • Violent and unpleasant sounds and images that make you feel uncomfortable
  • Painful trauma and memories that were so long suppressed may resurface
  • A crippling fear of dying or death.

Long term effects

DMT has its own share of long term side effects as well.  The physical and mental effects of DMT do not seem to go away with just the high. They linger and may take a toll on your mental health. Research shows that your mental stability could be at risk with repeated consumption of DMT. Since this is a hallucinogenic we are talking about, prolonged use could lead to psychosis and hallucinations which may even be frightening. Flashbacks are also common side effects of DMT, which may even persist for years. Flashbacks would mean resurfacing of painful memories that had carefully been tucked away in the folds of your brain; these memories of a past trauma could make it very difficult to tolerate. Persistent psychosis is another possibility if you consume DMT on a regular basis. Symptoms or characteristics of this disorder would include:

  • Persistent paranoia
  • Disorganised mood
  • Disorderly thought
  • Visual and auditory disturbances

 

 DMT addiction

Since DMT does not really bring about a physical dependence, it is rather difficult to understand when you might be addicted. Is it when you start facing a number of physical problems? Or when the hallucinations become too much to bear? In most cases, the severity of the problem is due to the fact that DMT is seldom consumed in isolation. There is always a tendency to mix it up with other psychedelic drugs as well. The symptoms of DMT addiction are pretty much like any other substance. They may be described as follows:

  • Consuming more quantities of DMT than is right for you
  • You may have attempted to stop consumption or give up DMT, but haven’t been successful in your attempts.
  • You spend a significant amount of time in trying to get your hands on DMT, indulging in it and revelling in the effects.
  • You crave for DMT.
  • Personal obligations and responsibilities take a back seat as DMT becomes your priority
  • Negative consequences on your social life, relationships, work and other aspects caused due to DMT do not seem to bother you
  • You would rather give up everything you once loved in order to indulge in DMT

Treatment for DMT addiction

As with every other form of addiction, there are always treatment methods available for DMT addicted patients. Once you admit that you have a problem, that’s a major step taken. As a matter of fact, there are a number of support groups and facilities that can help you get over your DMT addiction. The FDA hasn’t approved any method of treatment that could cure you of your addiction, per say. Yet, there are some conservative methods available that you can look up. Some of them are:

  • Group or individual counselling – Someone addicted to DMT may even go in for counselling which has proven to be immensely helpful for most people. Depending upon the severity of the case and the patient’s preferences, the person may be put in for group or individual therapy and counselling. Both methods have their own set of advantages.
  • Behavioural therapy – DMT’s long term effects include a toll on cognitive behaviour and mental health. If your mood and cognitive functions have been affected due to the psychedelic, you might need cognitive behavioural therapy to get over it. This is a specialised line of therapy and must be conducted under medical supervision.
  • Contingency management – Getting over addiction is easier than being able to maintain abstinence. Of course, you are going to have cravings from time to time. Contingency management programs teach you to not give in to those cravings. This is where you might seek professional help.
  • Partial hospitalization treatment – We have already covered the severe side effects of DMT consumption in detail. If you or someone you know starts demonstrating severe symptoms like tightness in chest, chest pain or seizures, he or she may have to be admitted and kept under observation.

In the post above, we have discussed all possible aspects of DMT – its nature, the effects it has, the long term and short term side effects, DMT addiction and its treatment. If you know someone who might be addicted to DMT, a thorough knowledge of the topic would make it easier to understand what they are going through.

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