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N,N-Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) is the most fascinating psychedelic molecule we have discussed on The Addictive Podcast. It seems to be found in all living things, can produce teleportation-like experiences for the user, and is made in our own brains. DMT has a similar molecular structure to other psychoactive chemicals including, serotonin, melatonin, and psilocybin. Known to some researchers as “the spirit molecule”, it is the primary psychoactive compound in the Amazonian medicinal brew “Ayahuasca.” Seth Fitzgerald from The Drug Classroom and therapist Glen Marshall provide an intimate exploration of this powerful spiritually-suggestive drug.
The out-of-body experiences DMT produces can be extremely uncomfortable and unnerving for some users. Practical techniques to reduce harm suggest that any use should only occur with close proximal monitoring by a caregiver (“babysitter”) familiar with the drug to prevent the user from falling or knocking over dangerous objects. While it does not show a high potential for abuse, the intensity and short duration of DMT and the ability to frequently readminister suggests problems involving use could occur for some individuals. DMT is a Schedule I drug and is illegal.