What Is DMT?

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.

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