Is DMT legal


Structural formula
Surname DMT
other names
  • Dimethyltryptamine
  • Nigerian
  • Nigerina
  • Deoxybofotenin
  • 2-(1H-indol-3-yl) -N,N-dimethylethanamine
  • Consciousness molecule
Molecular formulaC.12H16N2
CAS number61-50-7
Molar mass188.27 g mol−1
Physical state


Melting point

44.6-46.8 ° C

boiling point

160 ° C



safety instructions
Lethal dose

32 mg kg−1 (Mouse IV)

As far as possible and customary, SI units are used. Unless otherwise noted, the data given apply to standard conditions.

N, N-dimethyltryptamine, short DMT, is a very powerful psychedelic with a short-term effect.

It is a tryptamine alkaloid, which is found in many plants and the skin gland secretions of some toads and in low concentrations appears almost omnipresent in nature, especially in the human body.

In South America, the entheogenic use of DMT-containing plants and preparations such as Ayahuasca, Ebena or Yopo (Anadenanthera peregrina), Jurema (Mimosa hostillis) or the sebum nut tree (Virola sebifera) is widespread.

DMT is quickly broken down in the body by monoamine oxidases (MAO), which is why it is ineffective when administered orally and otherwise only works for a few minutes. To enable longer or oral efficacy, DMT is often combined with MAO inhibitors (MAOIs).

Name [edit | Edit source]

Scene names for DMT are Dimitri, Businessmen LSD (allusion to the short acting time), Elf spice, Fantasia, the Molecule of Consciousness (based on the book of the same name by Rick Strassman)

Consumption [edit | Edit source]

Dosage form [edit | Edit source]

Plants Edit source]

DMT is found in an effective amount in a wide variety of plants, including some toads. It is often found together with other, related psychedelic agents such as 5-methoxy-N, N-dimethyltryptamine (5-MeO-DMT),[1], N-methyltryptamine (NMT), or bufotenine.

As with all biogenic drugs, the active ingredient content and the ratio of the active ingredients can vary widely. In particular, little is known about the interaction of the individual active ingredients with one another.

Ayahuasca, Yagé [edit | Edit source]

The Ayahuasca or Yagé drink is made by South American natives from Banisteriopsis caapi (MAO inhibitor) and the DMT-containing leaves of Psychotria viridis or Diplopterys cabrerana. It can also contain a variety of other plants, including Justicia pectoralis (coumarin), Ilex guayusa (caffeine and theobromine), Nicotiana rustica (nicotine) or Brugmansia and Datura species (hyoscyamine and scopolamine, hallucinogenic nightshade plants).

Ayahuasca is used as an entheogen by shamans in South America and was adapted in the 20th century by some modern religious cults, so-called "Ayahuasca churches", such as Santo Daime and União do Vegetal. This also attracts many western tourists, which is why many charlatans pretend to be shamans in order to benefit financially from this drug tourism.

Ebena, Yopo [edit | Edit source]

Ebena (also Epena) and Yopo are snuff powders made from DMT-containing fruits from Piptadenia peregrina, which are used by South American indigenous people. You will be sniffed or blown into your nose.

Crystalline DMT Edit source]

DMT can also be produced synthetically or extracted and then present as a white crystalline powder. Often, contamination also leads to a yellow color. It is said to have a sharp, pungent odor[2]. The crystalline powder can be smoked, steamed or sniffed.

One danger with crystalline DMT is that it can be mistaken for the more potent 5-MeO-DMT, which can lead to overdosing. When extracting from plant material, both substances are dissolved equally and it is difficult to separate them from each other.

Additionally, buying from dealers carries the typical risks of street drugs, and DMT falls under the Narcotics Act, while unprocessed plants, similar to mescaline cacti, are believed to be legal as long as they are not cultivated and processed for drug-making purposes.

Hallucinogenic toads Edit source]

The skin secretion of the Colorado toad (Incilius alvarius) contains 5-MeO-DMT and bufotenin. Other toad species can also have a skin secretion containing bufotenin. Toads produce this skin secretion as a poison to deter predators. Deaths are said to have occurred in connection with the consumption of cane toad secretion (Bufo marinus).[3]

To obtain a drug, the skin secretion of the toads is used milked, from which the animals retain no permanent damage.[4] A toad can be milked about once a month. The dried skin secretion is then used as a drug, for example by smoking.

Sometimes the toads are also killed to consume their skin containing secretions, which is a violation of the Animal Welfare Act.

Application route [edit | Edit source]

DMT can be consumed orally (with MAOIs), smoked or inhaled, and injected intramuscularly or intravenously.

Rapid absorption [edit | Edit source]

Fast routes of application are often chosen because they do not require the use of MAO inhibitors, which may require a special diet.

The very short duration of action (without MAOIs) is also considered to be an advantage of this route, since many users are initially afraid of the violent effects. In the worst case, a bad trip is over after a few minutes, even if this time can seem like an eternity.

Due to the rapid effect, however, it is hardly possible to approach the optimal dose.

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Inhalation [edit | Edit source]

A common method is smoking or vaping DMT.

Smoked DMT is painful and scratchy in the lungs. The smell of burning DMT is described as very unpleasant and compared to burning plastic.[5] Given the rapidly onset, violent psychedelic high, this can negatively affect the consumer's set.

To make sure that the DMT evaporates and does not burn, a vaporiser can be used. In general, a temperature of 60 ° -80 ° C should not be exceeded, which is why some electronic vaporisers are not suitable for DMT, as they often cannot be set that low.

Changa, a herbal mixture with DMT and sometimes MAO inhibitors, which makes smoking DMT easier and more pleasant, has been in circulation for several years. Changa can be smoked effectively in a bong or in a pipe, you don't have to be very careful that the DMT vaporizes and does not burn. In addition, the taste is improved by the carrier herbs.

Injection [edit | Edit source]

DMT can be injected. This can be done intramuscularly (into a muscle), intravenously (into a vein), or subcutaneously (under the skin).

Intramuscular injections are slowest to take effect, subcutaneous injections are more painful, so Rick Strassman preferred intravenous injections in his research on DMT.[6] A few people may experience DMT as a metallic and slightly bitter taste when given intravenously.[7]

Since injecting is an unfamiliar and unpleasant experience for many, this too can lead to a poor entry into the intoxication.

Runny nose [edit | Edit source]

Some South American tribes practice snuffing plant parts containing DMT which have been processed into powder. In particular, Anadenanthera peregrina (Yopo, Ebena) and Mimosa hostilis (Jurema) are used for this.

Others [edit | Edit source]

Experiments have also been made with anal absorption through the rectum. [8]

slow absorption Edit source]

Slow absorption is achieved by oral ingestion or by taking small doses spread over time via a rapid administration route.

For this it is necessary to take MAO inhibitors beforehand or at the same time, as DMT is otherwise broken down very quickly in the body and remains ineffective. A special diet is required to take MAOIs, as MAOIs can make ordinary foods poisonous.