Also known as N-Dimethyltryptamine, DMT is a powerful psychedelic drug that naturally occurs in a variety of plants, and (remarkably) some traces of this substance can also be found in our bodies. Once a person consumes DMT, he or she begins to experience vivid hallucinations (often described as spiritual) for a short-time, until the effects of the drug begin to dwindle. This ability to trigger “visions” has made the consumption of ayahuasca tea (a primary source of DMT) a popular cultural practice in South American countries. In the United States, though, the hallucinogen comes in a white or yellow powder and is also called “Dmitri.” So, how long does this powerful drug stay in your body? Let’s take a closer look and find out some more information.

Rapid-Fire Hallucinogen

Unlike other drugs in its category, DMT works quickly and effectively, especially when it is sniffed or smoked. Within 45 seconds, a tiny dose of this drug can induce vivid hallucinations, which typically peak after the first 5 minutes. Depending on how much of the substance was taken and the user’s body chemistry, the trip will typically last for an estimated 30 to 45 minutes. Ultimately, frequent users of the drug have referred to this quick episode as a “businessman’s lunch trip.”

Interestingly, though, DMT does not produce an effect if it is swallowed, since monoamine oxidase (a component in the digestive tract) breaks it down immediately. To achieve a high, a user must also ingest a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI), which can also trigger a much longer “high.” (Ayahuasca tea contains this MAOI component.)

Effects on the Mind and Body

Keep in mind that the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) does not categorize DMT as an addictive substance, but users can eventually become tolerant of this drug. Here are some ways DMT impacts the mind and body:

  • Physical problems: changes in blood pressure, changes in heart rate, problems with respiration, uneven body temperature, heart or respiratory failure
  • Psychological problems: severe hallucinations, loss of memory, mental distress, unnatural strength, terrifying aggression, violence, fear, paranoia

Seeking Treatment for Hallucinogen Abuse or Addiction   

Hallucinogens and other party drugs are a tragic part of reality and do not provide an escape from the troubles of everyday life. With the right mixture of healing and counseling, though, you can take back control of your life and build a better future for yourself. Are you struggling to overcome hallucinogen abuse or have a friend or family member who is battling the same problem? If so, , get in touch with Asana Recovery today.

Our lineup of trained counselors and healthcare experts are ready to walk you across the difficult path of withdrawal, detox, and rehabilitation and help you take back control of your life. Although the journey might not be easy, we will help you every step of the way and help you take back control of your life. If you are interested in one of our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how to overcome your drug abuse or addiction troubles today.


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