What is DMT?

Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) is a hallucinogenic drug, which means you’re likely to experience a distorted view of objects and reality and it can cause hallucinations. It’s effects are similar to LSD and magic mushrooms. As with LSD, some people refer to using DMT as ‘tripping’, which can be a good or bad experience.

A number of indigenous people’s traditions and religions use drinks or food, such as ayahuasca, that contain DMT.

This has led some people to consider DMT as being ‘spiritual’ and ‘safe’ rather than seeing it as a chemical hallucinogen.

The key effects and risks of DMT include:

  • A distorted view of objects and reality or actual hallucinations. These effects are normally pleasurable and can come on rapidly, can be very intense and may last for two hours.
  • Until you have taken DMT you can’t tell how strong it is or how it’s going to affect you. Once the ‘trip’ has started, you can’t stop it.
  • Intoxication with DMT can cause nausea and vomiting.

What does DMT look like?

In its pure form, DMT is a white, crystalline powder or solid, however, pure DMT is rare and it’s more common to get impure DMT, which can be a yellow, orange or pink powder or solid.

DMT is normally sold in wraps, containing between an eighth and a half of a gram of DMT. Prices start at £25, but increase as the purity of the DMT increases.