A woman with dmt analyzing

Defining DMT

Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) is a psychedelic drug known for its hallucinogenic properties. It is sometimes confused with LSD because of its psychoactive properties. DMT is produced naturally in the brain and is associated with thought-processing and dreaming. However, when it is taken recreationally, the body may produce too much DMT, which may be harmful to the body.

DMT can be smoked, injected, or mixed with an MAO inhibitor to enhance a hallucination. It attaches to the neurotransmitter serotonin, which is responsible for regulating mood, and releases a signal for serotonin even when there is none present. The drug works immediately and a “trip” lasts for about 15 minutes.

Side Effects of DMT


  • Euphoria
  • Hallucinations
  • Increased blood pressure and heart rate
  • Dilated pupils
  • Visual changes
  • Fear


  • Depression
  • Intense euphoria
  • Confusion between reality and fantasy

Addiction and Overdose

Similarly to LSD, it does not have to be used often in order to experience addiction and drug dependency. The hallucinogenic properties could become so intense that it could lead to long-term psychological health risks and possibly an inability to determine the difference between reality and fantasy even off the trip.

It is uncommon to overdose on DMT, however, the long-term mental effects due to drug dependency and addiction can be serious and life-threatening. It is important to always take caution.


In the case of a short or long-term addiction to DMT, it may be helpful to enter a drug rehabilitation facility to treat the addiction like addition to other recreational drugs like LSD, PCP, Khat or Heroin. Doctors and therapists can help people see that the addiction is the problem and that it is necessary to get rid of the addiction before it becomes extremely harmful.


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