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What is DMT?

What is DMT?
The Uses of DMT

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration states that over 1 million adults in the United States reported some type of hallucinogenic drug use in the past year.

The drug N-dimethyltryptamine or DMT is a potent hallucinogen that has been used for centuries all over the world for both recreational and religious practices, specifically in South America. The National Institute on Drug abuse states that hallucinogenic drugs produce extreme alterations in an individual’s perceptions of the environment and of their own states of being.

SMT is a naturally occurring substance in several plants. It can be synthetically produced and was originally done so by a British chaste named Richard Anshe in 1931. The substance became popular in the 1960s and was classified by the Drug Enforcement Administrations as a schedule I controlled substance in the 1970s. It was found the drug has a high potential for abuse, dangerous side effects, and psychological dependence. The drug currently has no known medical uses.

The Uses of DMT

DMT began to rise in popularity in the 1960s and 1970s, along with other hallucinogens such as LSD and Magic Mushrooms in recent years. The United States has seen a steady increase in the use of these drugs in young people.

DMT can produce several effects, feelings, and experiences with some as follows:

  • Hearing, smiling, or feeling things that are not there (Hallucinations)
  • Strong delusions, beliefs that are not supported by reality.
  • An alteration in the sense of passing the time.
  • Cognitive distortions such as feeling on are invulnerable, leaving their body, surrounded by an environment that is not there or has become something else that is not human.
  • Heightened perceptual experiences of colors, sounds, and touch.

It is important to note that individuals that experience these symptoms without being under the influence of drugs or alcohol may be suffering from other neurological problems such as head injury, stroke, or psychotic disorder.

DMT usually comes in powder form. It can be smoked, vaporized, injected, or snorted. It can also be ingested in a tea called ayahuasca, a ceremonial tea made from the leaves of native South American plants. When snorted or smoked, the effects of DMT begin immediately and last up to one or two hours. When the drug is ingested by drinking, the effects take longer to begin but can last for four to six hours.

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DMT Risks and Side Effects

DMT is often used with the intention to expand the mind or grow one’s current state of consciousness. This does not change the use of the drug and comes with its own set of negative side effects and potential dangers. While many DMT users report pleasant feelings and experiences, the drug can also produce unpleasant and frightening experiences, psychological dependence, and death when combined with other types of drugs and risk factors. According to the American Psychiatric Association, some of the side effects of DMT include:

  • Dilated pupils and rapid eye movement
  • Issues with anxiety and panic attacks
  • Increased heart rate, body temperature, and blood pressure
  • Nausea, Diarrhea, and vomiting
  • Extreme dehydration
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Unconsciousness

DMT usage can have long-term negative effects on individuals diagnosed with a pre-existing mental health condition such as psychosis, anxiety, depression, mood swings, and suicidal ideation. It is also possible for those who become unconscious during the use of DMT t experience serious health complications such as

  • Asphyxiation
  • Seizure
  • Damage to major body systems, including the central and nervous systems, which house the brain and spinal cord.
  • Addiction and Long-term substance abuse and dependency
  • Flashbacks and repercussions of negative symptoms from experiencing traumatic events.

The Risk of Serotonin Syndrome

DMT produces its euphoric and hallucinogenic effects by altering serotonin receptors in the brain. When taken with other drugs that affect serotonin as well, the levels can cause a lethal condition known as serotonin syndrome.

Serotonin Syndrome occurs when the body accumulates an excessive amount of serotonin. The risk of developing his condition for those who are on psychiatric medications such as SSRI antidepressant are at high risk of developing this condition.

Symptoms of moderate serotonin syndrome include.

  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Fever
  • Body Tremors
  • Trouble balancing and coordination.
  • Confusion
  • Changes in blood pressure

In severe cases of Serotonin syndrome, individuals can experience seizures, kidney failure, respiratory distress and failure, and in some cases, death.

Withdrawal Symptoms of DMT

Withdrawal symptoms vary in users of DMT depending on both internal and external factors such as environment, age, weight, preexisting health conditions, and quantity of usage. The APA reports that tolerance and dependence upon hallucinogenic drugs do exist. There are currently no formal withdrawal symptoms associated with the use of DMT, but physical and emotional dependence in chronic uses may result in symptoms of

  • Feelings of fatigue, a lack of motivation, and apathy
  • Agitation, irritability, and jumpiness
  • Mood swings consisting of anxiety and depression.
  • Craving to use DMT

Treatment for DMT Addiction

If you are worried about someone struggling with DMT addiction, it is important to seek the needed help and resources to get clean and sober. DMT, another substance abuse, is potentially life-threatening and can cause long-term side effects that can negatively impact an individual’s quality of life. Detoxification combined with different types of therapy and activities can reduce the symptoms of DMT addiction and aid individuals in succeeding in long-term recovery.

If you are unsure if your use is a problem, you may want to consider the following questions.

  1. Are you able to stop using DMT on your own?
  2. Do you use DMT to numb and escape reality and emotions?
  3. Does your use of DMT impact your daily functioning or completion of tasks?
  4. Are you putting your use of DMT before your other responsibilities and relationships in your life?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, it is likely that your use has progressed past a state of normalcy, and you have now increased your risk of lifelong effects and death by overdose. It is time to get help. Warner park Recovery can help guide you through the journey of getting clean and sober from DMT and any other addictions, behaviors, or mental health problems you may be struggling with. We offer a wide array of behavioral therapies, resources, and individual and group therapies to treat mental health and substance abuse problems. Our compassionate team will strive to create a plan and approach that works to meet your needs while giving you the best chance at long-term recovery. You do not have to suffer in silence. Let us help you today.

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