Magick & Spirituality DMT Crystals

Published on December 23rd, 2013 | by Jason Louv


1.4 Million Americans Have Smoked DMT

DMT, the world’s most potent psychedelic, may soon become one of the world’s most popular ones, too, according to new research data

Thanks to the popularity of the DMT: The Spirit Molecule book and documentary and the Gaspar Noe film Enter the Void, use of DMT has skyrocketed among young Americans.

Though the drug was around even in the 1960s (the infamous psychedelic band the 13th Floor Elevators were early pioneers), DMT first gained notoriety during the initial dotcom heyday, when web visionaries like R. U. Sirius started talking about it in publications like Mondo 2000. That’s perhaps no surprise—DMT can show its users insanely complex, fractal, neon, even cybernetic landscapes that surpass anything a Hollywood special effects team could (at least at present) hope to achieve.

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But according to new data, DMT is actually emerging into mass popularity. Improbable, as there really isn’t anything pleasurable about the experience. It’s a bit like getting run over by a cosmic Mack truck… and not just your psyche, but your body feels it, too. (Check out an animation that shows a bit of what it’s like here.)

As I’ve written here before: DMT (N,N- or 5-MeO-Dimethyltryptamine) is one of the most potent psychedelics known to man, a naturally occurring compound that is the active ingredient in ayahuasca, is present in psilocybin mushrooms and which also occurs naturally within the human brain. When synthesized into its raw form and consumed, it produces insanely complex hypergeometrical hallucinations that look something like this. Users often report entering a fractal landscape where they interact with “entities” that often observe, test or even impart messages to them before they’re returned to their bodies. The DMT experience lasts all of five to ten minutes, as the human brain rapidly processes the chemical—but that’s a five or ten minutes that can often seem like an eternity. (Check out an amazing graphic of users’ trip reports assembled into one word cloud here.)

Via The Huffington Post:

Drug researchers have found evidence that a hallucinogenic compound used in shamanic rituals in the Amazon is growing in popularity. Dimethyltryptamine (DMT), the active ingredient in ayahuasca, a plant-based mixture, can also be used by itself, often by smoking it.

Working off of answers provided in the ongoing Global Drug Survey, researcher Adam Winstock and his co-authors found in a November article published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology that DMT “had a larger proportion of new users” compared to other powerful drugs like magic mushrooms, LSD and ketamine — “suggesting its popularity may increase.”

The global survey’s findings are supported by numbers from another survey administered by the U.S. government, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. That sampling found that the number of people in the U.S. who have used DMT in some form has been up almost every year since 2006 — from an estimated 688,000 in 2006 to 1,475,000 in 2012.

The newest users, the global survey found, were more likely to be young, male, and in school.

Below, watch a hippie trip the f*k out on 5-MeO-DMT. His review? “Dude it’s too good! It’s too good! Don’t ever do 5-MeO-DMT!”

(Note: Thanks to users of /r/psychonaut for correcting my previous math: 1.4 million Americans total have smoked DMT, not per year.)

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About the Author

Jason Louv is the author of Queen Valentine and editor of Thee Psychick Bible, Ultraculture Journal and Generation Hex. He currently lives in Los Angeles.

  • Dustin Childs

    Nothing pleasurable about the experience? Are you kidding? The experiences that psychedelics give are life changing in a very positive way. I don’t know how the author thinks there’s nothing pleasurable about having such a mental journey.

    • dewey

      Dustin you are so on the mark – mark my words people – DMT, particularly of the NN variety will play a pivotal role in human evolution

      • Neil Lawrence Joy

        How does one souce this???? Im in sth América,can It easily be make ???? Ready to lanch;)

    • sharkonwhisky

      My one breakthrough experience with smoked DMT was the most terrifying experience of my life, while also being the most profound, amazing and positive. I think substances as powerful as DMT can move people beyond the realms of mere pleasure, and I don’t think these very fleeting feelings are the important thing, rather it’s the insights you gain from the experience.

      Also I think the distinction between DMT and 5-MeO-DMT needs to be made clearer. Chemistry is a very exact science and that 5-MeO part makes a BIG difference. Both are endogenous chemicals but 5-MeO-DMT is much more potent than DMT and there is more risk of psychological and physical issues with overdose. It is very different in nature to DMT, while also being amazing unto itself.

    • Matt Topolski

      Trips can go good or bad. Terrible, terrible things can be life changing in a very positive way. My friend just got in a car wreck and nearly died and subsequently started a very, very, successful pay it forward initiative. The destination does not define the journey.

  • Cody Taargus Thomas

    Had DMT once. It was beyond trippy. every time i closed my eyes within that 3 or 4 minute time frame, i had new vision through the blackness. i was seeing everything there was to view in the room, but with my eyes closed and instead of them appearing normal, the objects were constructed with evolving neon lines. i remember trying so hard to keep my eyes open because it was so fucking INSANE! just a smack in the face of cosmic brutality.

  • Blythe Freeman

    I disagree to the recreational use of this drug. It’s TOO psychedelic for the everyday partier. You don’t just smoke this shit like weed or you’ll have all the weak minded throwing themselves out of windows! The kind of spiritual awakening that comes with this is not for the faint of heart…it’s for those seeking enlightenment and have prepared their minds and bodies for this intense experience. The visuals and information that are obtained in this “trip” will stick with you for years and have a lasting effect. Hell, I lost my religion on it.

    • Alex

      What about meditation? Are you trying to tell me meditation comes 2nd to DMT? Haha…

      • Vicky Ann

        experimenting with the chemical aspects of one’s consciousness IS meditation.

  • Byron Habich

    you cant just go throwing garbage together and call it media, you have no sources and more than half of what you said is not fact. DMT is not metabolized into water, wtf are you on?

  • Old Hippie

    I’m not even going to address the content of this article (though I could), just the headline.

    Dude: if the survey reports “the number of people who have ever used DMT” as 1,475,000 in 2012 and 688,000 in 2006, that does not mean “1.4 million a year”. It means a bit over 133,000 a year.

    Read it over a bit more carefully.

    • Albertar

      Thanks for the math check, I’ve changed the article

      • Old Hippie

        Nugs and hugs and big props for keeping it legit!

  • YouAreWrong

    There’s no DMT in psilocybin mushrooms.

    • Sean Maytum

      mushrooms have dmt in them (4-HO-DMT), just a different type.

      • Chid Gilovitz

        No, it doesn’t work like that. While psilocin includes a DMT molecule, it also includes another element (the OH in the 4 position) which makes the pharmacology very different from DMT. Psilocin is not DMT.

        • Sean Maytum

          i humbly disagree. i know they different as you stated. but it does contain dmt. after vaping dmt whenever i take mushrooms now i don’t have a “mushroom” trip, but full blown dmt trip. but it’s definitely not nn-dmt. but to think that full on dmt worlds are not possible from the dmt (like) element in the mushrooms, well i can definitely say that after nn-dmt mushrooms might as well be dmt. just an opinion. not a pharmacological fact.

          • Vicky Ann

            correlation and causation are not the same things

          • Sean Maytum

            just know your tryptamines kids.. that is all

  • Spelunker4Plato

    Just watching this guy trip feels good.

    • Spelunker4Plato

      “Only do it when you’re ready.”


  • Scott

    Every trip has a meaning to and an explanation to it. Some never figure it out and just assume it was a bad trip but think about maybe what you were thinking that day or what environment you were in, what were feeling. I had been on a molly binge for a couple days and had a going away party with my girlfriend. Someone had came to the party that was her ex and she told me no fighting in the house, I wanted to fucking kill him. He kept fucking with me and I was battling in my mind if I should beat the shit out of him. I got really pissed and went into a separate room and did a rail of molly and then put a nice size rock of red transparent shaman grade DMT on some weed and smoked it. Two coughing hits and zooooom. I was sitting indian style and I fell to my lap. The first two levels where visuals and sounds then I was in a burning building chained to the floor and I could not get out. It was terrifying and I was messed up for a couple days after that until I realized what I was dreaming. I was chained up inside because I couldn’t fight because I didn’t want to disobey the house party rules and I was full of anger. Please listen to me when I say to prepare yourself and be comfortable and not around a lot of people, a nice quiet place maybe with some light trippy music in a dimmed lit room. Dmt can be very dangerous, it can re-wire the brain. People that say it’s not dangerous are fucking stupid, it can be.

  • Mark O’Blazney

    1.4 ? Is that, like, a lot ?

  • Chid Gilovitz

    DMT is not a particularly potent psychedelic, and it’s definitely not one of the most potent. The term potency has a specific meaning and is usually given as a measure of the dose needed to obtain effects. DMT is around 10-20 milligrams; meanwhile LSD has an active dose of 100 micrograms. There are various others (salvinorin-A, and some of the brominated phenethylamines/amphetamines) that also have sub-milligram active doses. While DMT has very powerful subjective effects, these other drugs are all more potent by a factor of 10-100.

  • Vicky Ann

    i also have to disagree with you. It was the most euphoric moment of my life as well as most prolific, in philosophic context.

  • Brianna Ksi Archgenie Symonds

    I wouldn’t recommend DMT to anyone who is afraid to change in the slightest way. As a matter of fact, I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who thinks they can use it on a daily basis. It is not for recreational use.

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