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What Is DMT?

DMT: Everything You Should Know

Written by Shishira Sreenivas , Jody Braverman What Is DMT?

How Do You Use DMT?

How Does DMT Affect You?

DMT Side Effects

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Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) is a compound found in various plants and animals that’s used as a mind-altering drug. In large enough doses, DMT can give you a "high" and distort your senses so that you see or feel things that aren’t really there. Other names for DMT are Dimitri, businessman’s special, the spirit molecule, and elf spice.Various cultures have used it for hundreds of years for rituals and religious practices. DMT is one of the active ingredients in ayahuasca, a psychedelic tea native to South America. Synthetic DMT is also made in a lab.People use the drug recreationally for the short, powerful “trip” sometimes called a “DMT breakthrough.” Some research shows it may have benefits for mental and physical health. But it can also have side effects that may outweigh any benefits. DMT is often added to a brew with ayahuasca and other herbal ingredients. (Photo credit: iStock/Getty Images) What does DMT look like? Natural DMT may be an extract or a dried plant that looks different depending on the form. The pure, lab-made form of DMT looks like a white crystalline powder. But you’re more likely to find it in the slightly less pure form, which is a yellowish-pink looking powder. DMT vs. acid DMT and LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide), or acid, are both strong […]

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