Dimethyltryptamine (DMT): Legal consequences

Last modified: Sunday, 31. May 2009 - 1:47 pm

Legal history

DMT was demonstrated to be hallucinogenic in 1956. The drug is explicitly named as a Schedule I drug in the federal Controlled Substances Act. DMT is also illegal in the United Kingdom, where it is classified as a Class A drug.

Federal guidelines, regulations, and penalties

The most common plant constituents of ayahuasca (Banisteriopsis caapi and Psychotria viridis) are not specifically scheduled in the United States. Neither is the ayahuasca brew specifically named as a scheduled substance. However, P. viridis contains DMT. Under the DEA’s guidelines, a plant or brew is illegal if it contains DMT or any other controlled substance.

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