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Frequently asked questions

What is dimethyltryptamine (DMT)?

DMT — or N, N-dimethyltryptamine in medical talk — is a hallucinogenic tryptamine drug. Sometimes referred to as Dimitri, this drug produces effects similar to those of psychedelics, like LSD and magic mushrooms.

It's found in the brains and bodies of a variety of plants and animals, and some researchers believe it's present in all multicellular life. When ingested, DMT produces extremely strong psychedelic and hallucinatory effects. In certain situations, these cause visions involving external beings such as spirits or aliens, according to numerous users.

What is ayahuasca?

Ayahuasca is a South American psychoactive brew used both socially and as ceremonial spiritual medicine among the indigenous peoples of the Amazon basin.

Is DMT the same thing as ayahuasca?

DMT is the main active ingredient of ayahuasca.

Banisteriopsis caapi and Psychotria Viridis are the herbs typically used to make ayahuasca. The latter contains DMT, but the former contains MAOIs, which block the breakdown of DMT by particular enzymes in the body.

What are the dangers of ayahuasca?

Ayahuasca contains chemicals that can cause hallucinations, tremors, dilated pupils, increased blood pressure, nausea, and vomiting. Life-threatening side effects and death have also been linked with ayahuasca use.

Is DMT a hallucinogen or a sedative?

Although DMT can cause sedation in certain people, it is not commonly seen as a sedative. It is, however, strongly hallucinogenic and this is the basis on which DMT is typically treated both legally and in research settings.

Does it cause any side effects?

DMT is a powerful substance that can cause a number of mental and physical side effects. Some of these might be pleasant, but others not so much.

Possible mental effects of DMT include:

  • euphoria
  • floating
  • vivid hallucinations
  • altered sense of time
  • depersonalisation

Keep in mind that some people experience lingering mental effects for days or weeks after use.

Physical effects of DMT can include:

  • rapid heart rate
  • increased blood pressure
  • visual disturbances
  • dizziness
  • dilated pupils
  • agitation
  • paranoia
  • rapid rhythmic eye movements
  • chest pain or tightness
  • diarrhoea
  • nausea or vomiting

Can you Overdose on DMT?

DMT Overdose is rare, but not impossible. As with any drug, the effects on the body may be different. Common signs of overdose to look out for include:

  • Severe chest pain
  • Seizures
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Skin colour changes

If you or someone you love may be experiencing an overdose, dial 999 immediately.


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