Drug abuse in schools and among teens has always been an issue, but today young people have more access to more types of drugs than ever before. While in the past marijuana and magic mushrooms may have been the biggest concern, today kids are abusing prescriptions, heroin and drugs their parents may have never heard of before, like DMT or dimethyltriptamine. Parents of teens and pre-teens need to stay on top of the changing landscape of illicit drugs and talk to their children about the risks and how to say no.
What Is DMT (Dimethyltriptamine)?
Dimethyltriptamine, or DMT for short, is a hallucinogenic drug that is both found naturally in a plant and can be made in a laboratory. For many centuries, the native people of the Amazon rainforest have used a plant called ayahuasca, which contains DMT, for spiritual and religious rituals and tribal ceremonies.
When the compound DMT was isolated from ayahuasca, scientists figured out that it could also be synthesized in a lab. DMT is a hallucinogen, which means that it causes the user to hear and see things that aren’t real. People abusing this drug mostly smoke it, but they can also inject or snort it. The effects last for only about an hour but the impact can range from mild hallucinations to complete dissociation from reality depending on the individual.
What Are The Dangers Of DMT?
People often fail to consider just how harmful hallucinogenic drugs can be. Hallucinogens do carry their own particular risks and dangers, though. One of the biggest of all the DMT risks is the possibility of having what is termed a “bad trip.” A bad trip is a hallucinatory experience that is terrifying. They are terrible to experience as they happen, but they can even affect the drug user after the fact. People have been known to have post-traumatic stress (PTSD) and flashbacks because of bad trips. In addition to the risk of a bad trip, DMT can cause a user to have high blood pressure, an elevated body temperature and an increased heart rate. These effects can be very harmful and dangerous.
Are Teens Abusing DMT?
If you have a teenager you should be aware that young people are using DMT and that it is a growing trend. Nine percent of high school seniors have tried a hallucinogenic and these types of drugs are only growing in popularity. More new users are flocking to DMT than other hallucinogens, such as ketamine or LSD. The majority of new users experimenting with it are young males in either high school or college. The effect of DMT on the user is stronger than with other hallucinogens, but young people don’t always realize this. They may think that it is safe to use.
The risks associated with using and abusing DMT are serious. You may never have heard of this drug before, but it is important that you know what drugs are available to teens today. The more you know and educate your children, the greater the chances that they will learn to make smart choices about drug use.