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Dimethyltryptamine (C13H18N2 ), also called DMT, N,N-dimethyltryptamine, desoxybufotenine, and 3-(2-dimethylaminoethyl)-indole. Slang names for DMT include 'Businesman's Trip' 'Businesman's Lunch' and 'Snakes'. It is a white (unpure form may be yellow) crystalline solid, first synthesised in 1931, and demonstrated to be hallucinogenic in 1956. It has been shown to be present in many plant genera (Acacia, Anadenanthera, Mimosa, Phalaris, Piptadenia, Virola)

DMT has a melting point of 49-50 degrees Celsius, hydrochloride salt hygroscopic, picrate m.p. 171-172 degrees Celsius and methiodide m.p. 215-216 degrees Celsius. It is insoluble in water, but soluble in organic solvents and aqueous acids.

DMT is a very powerful yet short-lasting (10-15 minutes) hallucinogen (or entheogen), with onset in seconds. On its own, it is inert orally, and must be smoked or injected. However, DMT can be rendered orally active when taken in combination with a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) which greatly increases the length of the trip. This is the combination used in the shamanic potion, Ayahuasca.

The effects are 'similar' to other psychedelics, but tend to be much more enveloping and intense, with the user more of a passive observer than with other psychedelics.

     "It seems that DMT releases one's consciousness from the ordinary experience of space and time and catapults one into direct experience of a four-dimensional world which is perhaps identical to the four-dimensional world studied in special relativity theory. This hyper-dimensionality to some extent explains the feeling of incredulity which many first-time users report. The DMT realm is described by some as "incredible", "bizarre", "unbelievable" and even "impossible", and for many who have experienced it these terms are not an exaggeration. These terms make sense if the world experienced under DMT is a four-dimensional world experienced by a mind which is trying to make sense of it in terms of its usual categories of three-dimensional space and one-dimensional time. In the DMT state these categories no longer apply to whatever it is that is being experienced." - DMT & Hyperspace

"DMT is a neurotransmitter that, when ingested and allowed to come to rest in unusually large amounts in the synapses of the brain, allows one to see sound [synaesthesia], so that one can use the voice to produce not musical compositions, but pictorial and visual compositions. This, to my mind, indicates that we're on the cusp of some kind of evolutionary transition in the language-forming area, so that we are going to go from a language that is heard to a language that is seen, through a shift in interior processing." - Terence McKenna - The Archaic Revival


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