Dimethyltryptamine (DMT): Therapeutic use, Treatment. Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) rehab.

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Official names: N,N-dimethyltryptamine, Nigerine, desoxybufotenine, 3-(2-dimethylaminoethyl)-indole
Street names: 45-minute psychosis, AMT, businessman’s LSD, businessman’s special, businessman’s trip, DET, fantasia
Drug classifications: Schedule I, hallucinogen


Key terms

ACTIVE INGREDIENT: The chemical or substance in a compound known or believed to have a therapeutic effect.
AYAHUASCA: An intoxicating beverage made from Banisteriopsis caapi plants, which contain DMT.
HALLUCINOGENS: Agroup of drugs that induces sensory distortions and hallucinations.
SNUFF: Apreparation of DMT-containing plants that is smoked; also traditionally called cohoba, parica, and yopo.



Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) is a hallucinogen, a broad group of drugs defined more by the effects they produce than by any common chemical structure. As a group, hallucinogens produce varying levels of visual, auditory, and tactile distortions and so-called “out-of-body” sensations. As with all drugs, the intensity of effect depends not only on ingestion of a specific drug and dose but also on the user’s perception or expectation of the experience. Although persons with psychotic disturbances may hallucinate without an external stimulus, normal individuals can induce the same (but temporary) effect using hallucinogenic drugs.
DMT, or N, N-dimethyltryptamine, is a hallucinogenic chemical found in a variety of natural and synthetic compounds. It is present in many plant genera (Acacia, Anadenanthera, Mimosa, Piptadenia, Virola) and is a major component of several hallucinogenic snuffs (cohoba, parica, yopo). DMT is also present in the intoxicating beverage ayahuasca, which is made from Banisteriopsis caapi plants.
Like many hallucinogens, DMT has been used for hundreds of years. The oldest known record of DMT use comes from an eighth century burial site in northern Chile, where bags of snuff remnants containing DMT, 5-MeO-DMT, and bufotenine were found. Through the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries, natives of Columbia and surrounding areas used several DMT-containing concoctions, including snuff from the yopo tree and brews made with Anadenanthera columbrina. In the early 1950s, DMT and 5-MeO-DMT were identified as the main psychoactive ingredients of cohoba snuff. DMT was isolated as the active ingredient in A. peregrina in 1954.

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