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DMT and Ayahuasca Category: Psychedlics

DMT,  Dimethyltryptamine, Dimitri, change. It may also be sold under different names from suppliers and online markets

DMT is a powerful hallucinogenic/psychedelic chemical found naturally occurring in some plant species and in the human brain. 

Psychedelic drugs can affect all of the senses, impacting on how a person thinks, feels and their sense of time. Psychedelics can cause someone to hallucinate, see or hear things that do not exist.  Risks increase with these substances based on how a person is feeling, if they experience mental health concerns and the setting the person is in. DMT is associated with intense visual hallucinations.

Ayahuasca—also known as hoasca, aya, and yagé—is a hallucinogenic brew made from plants containing DMT (the primary psychoactive ingredient). Ayahuasca brew has traditionally been used for  religious purposes in indigenous South American cultures.


DMT can be found in different colours. In pure form, DMT is found as a white crystalline powder. In unpure form the colour can vary from yellow, orange or pink powder.  As a herbal mixture in 'changa' (a DMT mixture) it my appear brownish/green. When part of ayahuasca brew it will appear as brownish/red liquid. 

How it’s used

DMT powder is typically vaporized or smoked in a pipe. It can also be snorted or injected. Injecting any drug increases the health risks. Injecting is the most risky way to consume DMT and is advised against. 

Plants containing DMT (chacruna and ayahuasca for example) are brewed for consuming as a drink. 


Drugs can impact each person differently, below are common effects and risks. The effects of DMT will be based on personal factors, how it is taken and the setting a person is in.

Short term effects

Other risks


Currently there’s no evidence to suggest that DMT is addictive. It is possible that some people could become tolerant to its effects


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