DMT is a drug you may not have heard of yet, but drug abuse facts tell us that its use is on the rise. If you have a teenager, you need to know all about trends in drug abuse so that you will be aware of all the dangers your child is facing. While not as risky as some illegal drugs, DMT can cause serious health problems or lead to life-changing accidents. Get the facts and then educate your teen about this increasingly popular drug.
What Is DMT?
DMT is a hallucinogenic drug with the chemical name dimethyltryptamine. It causes a “trip” that lasts about an hour, but during that time the dangers of DMT can be serious. People using it describe any degree of psychedelic states, from mild to complete detachment from reality. It is most often smoked, but can also be injected or snorted to produce the hallucinogenic and psychedelic effects.
Although DMT can be synthesized in a laboratory, it is also found naturally in plants. In fact, the drug has been used for centuries by the indigenous people of the Amazon rain forest in the form of a plant called ayahuasca. The tribal people in the Amazon make a drink with the plant and use it in spiritual rituals.
Who Is Using DMT?
For a long time, DMT was not a well-known drug, but it is growing in popularity. Hallucinogens in general are more popular among teenagers than you might realize. Nearly 9 percent of high school seniors have used at least one type of hallucinogenic drug. According to surveys, DMT has more new users than other hallucinogens like LSD or ketamine. This is typically an indicator that a drug will become even more popular in the future.
The number of people in the U.S. trying DMT has gone up continually since 2006 and most new users are young males in high school and college. The surveys also indicated that users of DMT found it to have a more powerful psychedelic effect than ketamine, magic mushrooms, or LSD. One of the main motivations for those using DMT is to have a spiritual journey.
What Are The DMT Dangers?
In some ways, DMT is less risky than other illegal drugs. It is not considered to very addictive and most people who try it once report not feeling a strong urge to use it again. The biggest of the DMT risks seems to be having a bad trip. Bad trips are not just terrifying in the moment, they can cause later traumatic episodes and even post-traumatic stress disorder. Another big risk with taking DMT is the possibility of making bad choices while on a trip. When detached from reality, a teen is more likely to do something dangerous or to have an accident. DMT can also increase blood pressure, heart rate and body temperature.
DMT is another trend in the world of drug abuse, and one that has potential risks and dangers, especially for teens. To protect your children from the bad trips, bad choices, and harmful side effects, warn them about DMT and teach them how to say no.
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