What Is A DMT Trip? – DMT (N, N-Dimethyltryptamine) is a psychedelic drug that occurs naturally in plants and animals. Although fatalities involving its use are virtually unheard of, users on a DMT trip commonly experience intense hallucinations and altered perceptions, elevated heart rate and blood pressure, and chest tightness and pain.
It is believed that the highest risk associated with a DMT trip is serotonin syndrome. Although relatively rare, it is a potentially life-threatening condition that can occur, especially if a person is using another serotonin-increasing substance, such as antidepressants, in conjunction with DMT.
What Is DMT?
DMT is a potent hallucinogen drug also commonly referred to as the “spirit molecule” due to its capacity to induce a brief but extremely profound psychedelic experience. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) classifies DMT as a schedule I substance, implying that it has no legitimate medical purpose and a high potential for abuse. Despite this, DMT is used for spiritual or religious purposes and is lauded as having a variety of therapeutic effects on an individual’s psychiatric state following its use.
DMT is regularly found in the form of a white powder derived from certain plants native to Mexico, South America, and parts of Asia, such as the Mimosa hostilis shrub (jurema). It’s often brewed as a tea and drank. The powder can also be smoked or vaped, and, rarely, users may snort or inject it. It is also believed by many that DMT is produced naturally in small amounts in the brain’s pineal gland and is involved in certain psychological states, such as dreaming.
Structurally, DMT is similar to the anti-migraine medication sumatriptan and acts as an agonist at most serotonin receptors. Serotonin is a chemical messenger closely associated with feelings of reward and pleasure and has a dramatic effect on the majority of brain cells.
DMT’s use has been reported to go back for hundreds, if not thousands of years, and is often associated with spiritual and religious practices or rituals. For example, as noted, DMT is the active ingredient in ayahuasca, a traditionally-brewed South American tea.
DMT is used by people who wish to experience its hallucinogenic and psychedelic effects. Most DMT users have experience with the use of other hallucinogenic substances.
Effects of a DMT Trip
The primary sought-after effect of DMT is intense, sometimes enlightening or frightening, visual and auditory hallucinations that can profoundly transform the user’s perception of themselves and the world. Other effects include an altered sense of space and time. Many users report having ethereal and life-changing experiences, such as the feeling of being near to death, talking with aliens or supernatural entities, or visiting other worlds.
Possible physical side effects of DMT use include:
- Increased heart rate
- Increased blood pressure
- Chest pain or tightness
- Agitation or anxiety
- Rapid eye movements
When consumed orally, DMT use frequently causes nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Depending on the user, a DMT trip can be intensely moving or even overwhelmingly terrifying. A DMT trip may be so intense that users may be unable to process it psychologically or integrate it into their understanding of real life. Nevertheless, many people report having meaningful or positive long-term effects from its use, including decreased depression and anxiety, as well as a lessening of their desire to abuse other drugs or alcohol.
DMT is chemically similar to serotonin, and, for this reason, serotonin syndrome can develop. This condition has the potential to be lethal, and those who use antidepressants regularly are at the highest risk for this severe complication.
Serotonin syndrome occurs when too much serotonin has collected in the body. The condition is usually caused by a person using a combination of different kinds of drugs that increase serotonin levels. Serotonin syndrome can lead to a variety of unpleasant and dangerous symptoms, including the following:
- Excessive sweating
- Agitation and confusion
- High blood pressure
- Impaired muscle coordination
At extremely high doses, DMT use can result in seizures, respiratory arrest, and coma. It could also have severe consequences for those with pre-existing psychiatric problems, such as schizophrenia.
Getting Help for Drug Abuse
At the time of this writing, it is believed that DMT does not cause physical dependence, tolerance, or addiction, but related research is limited. Of note, however, it is also thought that frequent recreational users may experience psychological cravings for the substance.
Although DMT is not particularly addictive or problematic from a social perspective, its use has been associated with several health risks. It can produce frightening hallucinations and other unpleasant psychological effects. Frequent use of this substance may increase a person’s risk of encountering adverse effects, including serotonin syndrome or other potentially life-threatening complications.
If you find that you have been abusing DMT, other drugs, or alcohol, we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible to discuss treatment options. Just Believe Recovery offers comprehensive, individualized programs designed to address substance use disorders in addition to all aspects of an individual’s physical and emotional well-being.
If you are ready to begin experiencing life on a whole new level, free from substance abuse, we are here to help you get on the path to sobriety, one step at a time!