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Opaque DMT crystal
Opaque DMT crystal

N,N-Dimethyltryptamine (or DMT for short) is a short acting psychedelic entheogen which allows a person's consciousness to voyage into the most incredible dimensions, visions, thoughts and experiences imaginable. It is most commonly classified as a psychedelic but also possesses some properties inherent to dissociatives. It is one of the most powerful yet mysterious psychedelics in existence, but in the opinion of many users, to classify DMT as merely a drug would be doing it a great injustice as DMT seems to some as a transdimensional key into places and vistas so profound and awe inspiring that it raises many new questions regarding the nature of reality and our place within it. Nevertheless, it is important to realize that the experience may be very difficult for some to integrate, and great care and respect is necessary to use it.

DMT exists naturally in every human being and also throughout the plant and animal kingdoms. It occurs naturally in many mammals, marine animals, trees, grasses, flowers and shoots.

Plants Containing DMT

(from Block 1994*; Smith 1977; Montgomery, pers. comm.; Ott 1993*; Schultes and Hofman 1980, 155*; supplemented)

Species Demonstrated Tryptamines
Amanita citrina Gray DMT,5-MeO-DMT
Amanita porphyria (Fries) Secretan 5-MeO-DMT
Amanita spp. DMT, bufotenine
Delosperma sp. DMT,MMT
Mesembryanthemum spp. DMT (?)
Arundo donax 1. DMT, bufotenine, and others
Phalaris arundinacea 1. DMT, bufotenine, and others
Phalaris tuberosa 1. DMT, bufotenine, and others
Phragmites australis (Cav.) Trin. ex Steud. DMT
Umbellularia californica (Hook. et A.) Nutt. 5-MeO-DMT
Acacia confusa Merr. DMT
Acacia maidenii F. von Mue1!. DMT (0.360/0)
Acacia nubica Benth. DMT
Acacia phlebophylla F. von Mue1!. 0.30/0 DMT
Acacia simpIicifolia Druce 0.810/0 DMT
Acaciaspp. DMT
Anadenanthera colubrina (VeIl.) Bren. DMT, 5-MeO-DMT, bufotenine
Anadenanthera peregrina (1.) Spag. DMT, 5-MeO-DMT, bufotenine
Desmanthus illinoensis (Michx.) MacMillan DMT (to 0.340/0)
Desmodium adscendens (Sw.) DC. var. adscendens DMT (?)
Desmodium caudatum DC. DMT
Desmodium gangeticum DC. DMT, bufotenine, and others
Desmodium gyrans DC. DMT, bufotenine, and others
Desmodium pulchellum Benth. ex Bak. DMT, bufotenine, and others
Desmodium racemosum Thunb. 5-MeO-DMT
Desmodium tiliaefolium G. Don DMT, bufotenine, and others
Desmodium triflorum DC. DMT, bufotenine, and others
Lespedeza bicolor Turcz. DMT, 5-MeO-DMT
Lespedeza bicolor var. japonica Nakai DMT,5-MeO-DMT
Lespedeza capitata Michx. DMT
Mimosa scabrella Benth. DMT
Mimosa tenuiflora (Willd.) Pair. [syn. Mimosa hostilis 0.570/0 DMT
Benth., Mimosa nigra]  
Mimosa verrucosa DMT
Mimosaspp. DMT and others
Mucuna pruriens DC. DMT, 5-MeO-DMT, bufotenine
Mucunaspp. DMT and others
Petalostylis cassioides Pritze1 DMT, tetrahydroharmane
Petalostylis labicheoides R. Brown DMT, tryptamine
Phyllodium pulchellum (1.) Desv. DMT
Banisteriopsis argentea Spring. [syn. B. muricata (Cav.) Cuatr.] DMT, DMT
Diplopterys cabrerana (Cuatr.) Gates DMT,5
[syn. Banisteriopsis rusbyana]  
Iryanthera ulei Warb. 5-MeO-DMT
Osteophloeum platyspermum (DC.) Warb. DMT,5-MeO-DMT
Viroia calophylla Warb. DMT,5-MeO-DMT
Virola calophylloidea Markgr. DMT,5-MeO-DMT
Virola carinata (Spruce ex Benth.) Warb. DMT,5-MeO-DMT
Virola divergens Ducke DMT
Virola elongata (Spruce ex Benth.) Warb. DMT, 5-MeO-DMT
Virola melinonii (Benoist) A.C. Smith DMT,5-MeO-DMT
Virola multinerva Ducke DMT,5-MeO-DMT
Virola pavonis (DC.) A.C. Smith DMT
Virola peruviana (DC.) Warb. DMT,5-MeO-DMT
Virola rufula (DC.) Warb. DMT,5-MeO-DMT
Virola sebifera Aubi. DMT
Virola theiodora (Spruce ex Benth.) Warb. DMT,5-MeO-DMT
Virola venosa (Benth.) Warb. DMT, 5-MeO-DMT, and others
Testulea gabonensis Pellegr. DMT
Eriogonum sp. DMT
Psychotria carthaginensis Jacq. DMT
Psychotria poeppigiana Mueli. Arg. DMT
Psychotria viridis Ruiz et Pay. [syn. P. psychotriaefolia Stand!.] DMT
Dictyoloma incanescens DC. 5-MeO-DMT
Dutaillyea drupacea (Baill.) Hartley 5-MeO-DMT
Dutaillyea oreophila (Baill.) Sevenet-Pusset 5-MeO-DMT
Evodia rutaecarpa Benth. 5-MeO-DMT
Limonia acidissima 1. DMT traces
Melicope leptococca (Baill.) Guill. 0.21% DMT
Pilocarpus organensis Rizzini et Occhioni 5-MeO-DMT
Vepris ampody H. Perro DMT
Zanthoxylum arborescens Rose DMT traces
Zanthoxylum procerum Donn. Sm. DMT



Onset 10-60 minutes
Total 4-8 hours
After-effects 2-3 hours
Smoked & Vapourised
Onset 0-3 minutes
Peak 10-15 minutes
Total 15-30 minutes
Onset 1-5 minutes
Total 45-60 minutes
Onset >1 minute
Total 30-45 minutes


After effects

  • A lasting perspective shift is likely to occur.
  • Depersonalization/Derealization can occur after an experience and may last up to several months.
  • Some people experience long-term anxiety after an experience while others report a decrease in overall anxiety.

Harm Reduction

If ingesting DMT orally with a MAOI, ensure that care is taken with the diet such that no food which may cause an interaction is ingested - as this is potentially deadly. Check Erowid's MAOI Foods To Avoid page for more information. However, if using a reversible MAOI such as Syrian Rue, less care needs to be taken.

Refer to Psychedelic Harm Reduction for general information on psychedelic safety.


Chemistry and Pharmacology

DMT is closely related to serotonin, the naturally occurring neurotransmitter that psychedelics affect so widely. The pharmacology of DMT is similar to that of other well-known psychedelics. It affects receptor sites for serotonin in much the same way that LSD, psilocybin, and mescaline do. These serotonin receptors are widespread throughout the body and can be found in blood vessels, tissues, muscle, glands, and skin.

Legal status


DMT is a class A substance in most European countries.


DMT is a schedule I substance in the United States.