DMT Trip – Things You Should Know About a DMT

N-Dimethyltryptamine – more commonly referred to as DMT – is a naturally occurring chemical that we find in both animals and plants. Because of the intense psychedelic experience that you get from a DMT trip, some refer to it as the “spirit molecule.”

DMT trip

The original use of DMT comes in the form of tea brewed from the shrub Psychotria viridis. This tea is often used by the indigenous people in the Amazon for ritual purposes. Even though the traditional use of DMT dates back to as far as the 8th century, the Western world has only recently begun to understand just what this hallucinogenic is capable of.

Why is it that so many people consider the use of DMT something like a ‘religious’ experience, something that leaves them at peace with the universe? To understand that, we need to delve a little deeper.

The facts about DMT

The white crystalline powder that comprises DMT comes from plants found in parts of Asia, South American, and Mexico. The traditional ways of using DMT are the following:

  • Smoke or vaporize it in a pipe;
  • Consume it in a brew as the indigenous people in the Amazon do;
  • Inject or snort it (though these instances are rare).

There is strong evidence to suggest that our bodies naturally produce DMT. The specific part responsible for the production of DMT in the body is the pineal gland in the brain. While there is strong evidence that this is the fact in animals, there is no conclusive evidence in humans.

Dosage and Length of a DMT Trip

Depending on how you use DMT, the dose that you need to experience the effects range between 30 to 150 milligrams.

Smoking DMT

If you smoke DMT, the onset of your DMT trip are almost instantaneous. Between 3 and 5 minutes after smoking, your DMT trip will peak and plateau and the experience will typically last between 30 to 45 minutes.

Drinking DMT

Consuming DMT as a brew is quite a different experience. In these cases, the dose is typically between 35 to 75 mg. You are likely to experience the effects after 30 to 45 minutes and notice that the peak and plateau arrive 2 to 3 hours after ingestion. After around 4 to 6 hours, the DMT trip comes to an end.

The Effects of a DMT Trip

As you can imagine, the means of administration is going to change the duration and intensity of DMT use. Those who inject the drug notice immediately psychedelic effects that are almost instant, while those who drink it have less intense effects for much longer. There are a few physical symptoms that may occur when taking DMT orally. These include diarrhoea, nausea, and vomiting. Other physical effects include rapid rhythmic eye movements, dizziness, dilated pupils, agitation, chest tightness, and an increased heart rate and blood pressure.

The hallucinogenic and psychedelic side effects of the use of DMT are far more profound and depend on the dosage that someone uses.

While a lower dose has no hallucinogenic responses, it does have a handful of sensory and emotional responses. The higher doses of DMT produce sensations of rapidly moving images, bright colours, and the sensation of movement. The sensations experienced with DMT are often equated to looking through a kaleidoscope. In higher doses, you may have the sensation that you are speaking to other life forms; these are often referred to as elves, dwarves, or smaller extra-terrestrials.

A Personal Anecdote

Unlike other hallucinogenic drugs, my DMT trip allowed me to experience something so radically different from anything that I have ever tried before and I believe it gave me a new look on reality. The use of DMT makes the use of other hallucinogens feel obsolete. It is hard to find words to describe a DMT trip – it makes you feel like you are in your most pure form. A DMT trip fills you with happiness and peace.

You feel as though you are being pulled through space and time, as though you are breaking through our realm and into another completely unknown realm – it feels so abstract and intense.

Stepping so far out of my own boundaries meant that I felt comfortable with myself. Like I had a renewed outlook on life and our experiences.

That is not to say that the positive feelings associated with a DMT trip means that it is addictive – the contrary.

While I still like to use DMT at times, the experience is simply too intense to use without separating yourself from it for a while. I personally believe that this is something most everyone should try at least once, just to have a sense of understanding of the capability of our brain beyond our usual understanding.

Tips For Your First DMT Trip


Firstly, it is important to respect this mysterious compound. It is a powerful substance and it should not be abused. In fact, a DMT trip can bring you much clarity on your life outlook. Before your DMT trip, ask yourself: what do you want to get out of this experience? Do you have something to resolve internally? Do you want to explore the universe? Or do you just want to enjoy yourself and see where you are taken?

DMT Trip Sitter

It is always a good idea to have someone you trust present who will look after you during and after your DMT trip. This person will make sure that you do not hurt yourself (for example, by dropping the bong when your trip begins), and that you come back to reality safely and calmly. It is also good to have someone with you to speak about your experiences afterwards.

Comfortable Setting

It is a good idea to have your first DMT trip in a setting that you feel comfortable in. You are going to experience things that look and feel completely surreal during your trip, so knowing that you are in a safe place before your trip can ease your mind. It also feels reassuring to return back to your usual plane of consciousness in a familiar environment.

How To Take DMT

From personal experience I recommend smoking DMT with a gravity bong if you are going to smoke. While a normal bong is acceptable, a gravity bong has a number of benefits. The primary is that a gravity bong is going to get the substance into your lungs quickly. When compared to marijuana or cigarettes for example, smoking DMT is very harsh and abrasive. It can make you cough a lot, and with a traditional bong, people often start coughing before being able to inhale everything.

Given the scarcity of DMT, you want to make sure that you avoid this. The first hit might be the only one you get. As far as dosage is concerned when smoking, a low dose is anything less than 20mg, 20 to 35mg is a standard dose, and a strong dose is anything over 35mg.


DMT is a sacred molecule that should be treated with respect. When you understand what DMT is, how to use it, and what you can gain from a DMT trip, your experience will be much better, more profound, and could change your life.

As long as you follow the above guidance, you are sure to have an enjoyable DMT trip and a newfound respect for the universe and for your third eye.

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