DMT Symptoms, Signs & Side Effects
If you’re someone in Colorado, whether it be Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs or anywhere else in the state and you or someone you know has used DMT, you may have questions, and it can be tough to find answers about this relatively under-the-radar hallucinogenic drug.
The following provides an overview of key information including potential DMT side effects, and long-term side effects of DMT use. There are also facts about DMT addiction symptoms and DMT addiction signs.
DMT Drug Side Effects
Since DMT has a long history in religious and cultural ceremonies and is a naturally-occurring substance, there is the unfortunate misconception that it’s safe, and this isn’t necessarily the case. There are DMT side effects, and some can be dangerous.
When a person takes DMT, it produces a hallucinogenic experience, similar to what happens when someone takes mushrooms as an example, or LSD. The person taking DMT will have a brief experience that includes both auditory and visual hallucinations.
There is currently no approved medical use for DMT in Colorado or the U.S., and it’s a Schedule I controlled substance, yet people use it regardless.
One of the primary side effects that can occur with DMT is something called serotonin syndrome. DMT is an agonist of serotonin receptors, so it plays a role in how the brain produces and uses serotonin. If you’re taking something else that raises your levels of serotonin or availability of the neurotransmitter, serotonin syndrome may occur. Symptoms can include rapid heart rate, high blood pressure, twitching muscles or stiffness, sweating, agitation, confusion, dilated pupils and diarrhea.
Along with the possibility of serotonin syndrome, other DMT side effects include an intense hallucinogenic experience, which usually includes a sense of euphoria, and an altered sense of time and space. While some people enjoy the trip that comes from the use of DMT, for some people it can be scary, anxiety-producing or create panic. There’s really no way to know how a DMT experience will go.
Other possible DMT side effects include:
- Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
- Increased heart rate and blood pressure
- Chest pain
- Rapid eye movement
Some of the psychological effects of DMT may last for weeks after it’s taken.
While research is limited on DMT, there is also a belief that DMT side effects can become severe and include seizures, respiratory arrest, and coma. There can also be very dangerous side effects of DMT for people who have underlying mental health disorders such as schizophrenia.
Side Effects of DMT In the Long-Term
There are possible side effects of DMT in the long-term as well as the short-term.
While DMT isn’t addictive in the sense that many drugs are, it can lead to a psychological dependence. For example, people may start to want to continue having the same feelings or experiences over and over again, and it can make DMT a focal point of their life. It can also lead to social and emotional isolation for people who use it frequently.
For someone who is heavily using DMT, it can be difficult to maintain relationships and keep up with responsibilities and that person may find they’re spending the majority of the time trying to get DMT and then using it.
Signs of DMT use can also include having cravings for it or continuing to use it despite negative consequences that occur as a result.
Other signs of DMT use are:
- Mood disorders or trouble organizing thoughts
- Ongoing visual disturbances and psychosis
With DMT symptoms, there’s also something called hallucinogen persisting perception disorder (HPPD) to consider. With this, the person experiences visual disturbances and symptoms that are similar to neurological conditions.
DMT Overdose Symptoms
DMT overdose symptoms can include:
- High blood pressure and heart rate
- Muscle coordination problems
- Severe vomiting
- Respiratory arrest
If you think someone is experiencing DMT overdose symptoms, contact an emergency services provider right away.
DMT is becoming an increasing problem in Colorado and around the country, and as people start using it more often, they’re finding that it has negative consequences in their life. If you feel that you have a problem with DMT, The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake has a team of experts who can help you overcome your use of this drug, and we have national resources as well.
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