Did you know our body is comprised of natural hallucinogens? The drug DMT, or N, N-Dimethyltryptamine, is a hallucinogenic tryptamine substance that naturally occurs in many animals and plants, and can be taken as a drug.

DMT causes an intense psychedelic, and often spiritual, experience. Many of us don’t notice the DMT is working in our system. None of this is proven, but many spectators believe DMT is released when we dream and even when we die.

Even though DMT is a naturally-occurring substance, it’s important to know the facts and dangers of this substance. Here are symptoms and warning signs of DMT.

Symptoms of Addiction to DMT

DMT symptoms are separated between short-term and long-term use. Here’s a general guide for both.

Short-Term Symptoms

DMT causes intense hallucinations, so this is the most common short-term symptom. DMT causes visible, auditory, and other sensory hallucinations. Users see images, hear sounds, and even feel things that aren’t really there.

A typical DMT trip is short – lasting between 30 and 45 minutes. The user feels the effects within a few minutes of taking the drug.

What the user experiences depend on how much they took, their surroundings, their personality, mood, and even their trip expectations.

Another common short-term symptom is the inability to communicate or function. Since they’re not recognizing reality, they behave abnormally. They are usually unable to communicate with others around them.

You can also recognize if someone has a bad experience on DMT. This is also called a “bad trip.” Many describe the feeling like the sensation of dying or experiencing a near death experience.

For some, this is relaxing. For others, it’s anxiety-inducing.

Symptoms of a bad DMT trip include anxiety, despair, fear, losing control, and insanity. DMT is also lethal in large doses. You need to take 560 mg for DMT to become fatal, but this is 20 times more than the average dose.

Long-Term Symptoms

Not everyone becomes addicted to DMT. But those who enjoy hallucinating will partake in long-term DMT use. The most obvious symptom is a high tolerance. They will have to use more DMT than previously, risking the lethal dose.

There is also a risk of developing brain damage, such as hallucinogen persisting perception disorder (HPPD). But very little studies have been done on the brain’s effects on DMT or is able to link HPPD to DMT use.

If you take DMT for long periods of time, you risk having flashbacks from your trip.

Warning Signs a Loved One is Abusing DMT

Compared to other drugs, DMT isn’t as addictive as other drugs. It’s best to separate warning signs from DMT usage and DMT addiction.

Signs a Loved One is Using DMT

Even though a DMT trip is short-lived, it’s obvious to tell that someone is using DMT. Here are the common signs you will notice.

  • Restlessness
  • Disorientation
  • Disconnection from reality

Since the trip is short, identifying the behavior can be easier than witnessing their trip.

You can notice they’re taking DMT. They can also talk about using the drug or express interest in taking the drug. You may catch them researching DMT online or asking friends about the drug.

Signs Someone is Addicted to DMT

When someone becomes addicted to DMT, you’ll notice they’re tripping constantly. This will start to affect their mood; they could be tardy or absent from important life events.

You may notice behavioral changes or your loved one discussing a spiritual awakening. They may even make some major life changes.

Here are other signs that your loved one is abusing DMT.

  • They take more DMT than they usually do
  • They’re developing a tolerance
  • They start craving DMT
  • They use DMT to make up for difficulties in their life

If you suspect a loved one is abusing DMT, make sure they get help.

Is My Child Using DMT?

If you suspect your child is using DMT, you’re probably getting worried. Fortunately, DMT isn’t as dangerous as other drugs such as opiates or heroin. But it is necessary to take action.

The biggest concern is if your child develops HPPD. This can affect them for years.

You shouldn’t be worried unless your child starts to continually use DMT or start using larger doses. This can interfere with their life and their schooling. Using high doses of DMT can also become fatal.

Teenagers are also more likely to engage in risky behavior when under the influence of drugs.

Is My Parent Using DMT?

As a child, there’s nothing scarier than to have a parent who’s a drug addict. To ensure your parent gets the help they need, you need to identify your parent is using DMT.

It can be easy to see your parent smoking, vaporizing, or ingesting DMT. But they may try and hide this behavior from you.

You can also see your parent is visibly hallucinating. They may undergo behavioral changes and won’t communicate effectively.

You may also notice a change when they come down from the trip. They may talk about a spiritual awakening, discuss people or places they don’t know, or talk about situations they experienced but never did.

Intervention for DMT

If you notice a loved one is hooked on DMT, you need to have an intervention to discuss their addiction.

First, state you’re concerned for their safety and well-being. Ask if anything is wrong or if there’s a reason why they’ve been using DMT.

Then, warn them of the risks of using DMT, such as HPPD.

From here, get them the help they need by taking them to rehab or therapy.

Time to Get Help

DMT is a psychedelic substance that occurs naturally in our bodies but is also taken as a drug. It produces hallucinogenic effects. Using DMT can be dangerous if your loved one becomes addicted.

Long-term DMT use and addictive can cause serious risks to mental health and can lead to death. Your loved one won’t be able to function with loved ones or in society as well.

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