What is DMT - Dimethyltryptamin?
DMT or Dimethyltryptamine, is a psychedelic compound of the tryptamine family along with Psilocin (the active ingredient in ‘magic mushrooms’). Its hallucinogenic properties often produce extreme spiritual and euphoric experiences. Smoking is the most common route of DMT administration and typically lasts 5-20 minutes with users typically feeling the effects within the first 45 seconds and peaking after about 2 minutes. DMT, whether smoked or ingested through ayahuasca, is reported by many to have life-changing effects. Many credit this amazing compound for relieving anxiety, depression, addiction and other physical diseases. It is also interesting to note how similar the Dimethyltryptamin molecule is to Seretonin – a neurotransmitter which contributes to feelings of well-being and happiness. It has even earned the nickname ‘the spirit molecule’ thanks to the book and documentary of the same name. The evidence of the healing capabilities of DMT are irrefutable thanks to much modern scientific research on the compound.
Ayahuasca and DMT
What do ayahuasca and DMT have in common? DMT is the active ingredient in ayahuasca brew, and what allows for the intense visionary experience of the sacred medicine. DMT is naturally occurring in chacruna – an essential ingredient to ayahuasca. But these plants need to be combined with b. cappi to complete the brew. B cappi, better known as the ayahausca vine or vine of the souls, contains MAOIs (monoamine oxidase inhibitors) that allow the compound to be orally active. ‘Without an MAOI, the body quickly metabolizes orally administered DMT, and it therefore has no hallucinogenic effect unless the dose exceeds monoamine oxidase’s metabolic capacity.’ (Wikipedia) This means the visionary state can last for 4-6 hours compared to the 5-15 minutes when smoking Dimethyltryptamin (smoking, injecting or vaporizing can produce a short visionary experience as the compound is able to reach the brain before it can be metabolized by the body’s natural MAOs . Both plants are required in the brew to create a visionary experience, leading many scientist and researchers to wonder how the indigenous people of the Amazonian area were able to obtain the complex knowledge of how to prepare ayahuasca.
For a first time user of DMT, the experience can be overwhelming, as everything seems to happen so quickly as it has a very rapid onset, and before you even have time to realize it you are transported to an entirely different mindset. Many report the sensation of ‘flying through space’. Ayahuasca use allows you to gradually enter a space where you have time to get familiar with the medicine, navigate the space and acquire knowledge by either direct communication or divination for the spirit of ayahuasca.