What is DMT?

Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) is a hallucinogenic tryptamine. It is found in a variety of plants and seeds, and can also be produced synthetically.

DMT is a naturally occurring chemical that’s been used for centuries in religious ceremonies in several South American cultures. Today, its synthetic form is used for its powerful hallucinogenic effects.

If curious about trying DMT, it’s important to take certain steps to reduce your risk for serious effects. This includes making sure any prescription or over-the-counter medications you take won’t cause a bad reaction.

What are the street names/slang terms for DMT?

Businessman’s trip.

What does it look like?

Pure DMT is most often found in crystal form.

How is it used?

Generally it is sniffed, smoked or injected.

What are its short-term effects?

Hallucinogenic effects last for about 45 to 60 minutes. Because the effects last only about an hour, the experience is called a “businessman’s trip.”

What are its long-term effects?


What is its federal classification?

Schedule I

Source: Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)

Click on the link below to download the fact sheet for this drug:

DMT Fact Sheet (PDF)