People use DMT for a variety of reasons. Like other psychedelic drugs, it can produce mystical experiences, so the substance may appeal to people who have an interest in spirituality. Other people may try or use DMT out of curiosity. DMT drug effects can cause:

  • Visual and auditory hallucinations
  • Euphoria
  • Altered sense of space, body, and time
  • Intense shifts in perception of identity and reality
  • Otherworldly experience
  • Near-death experience

DMT drug effects don’t always cause otherworldly experiences. A ‘bad trip,’ sometimes called a ‘hyperslap,’ can include disturbing effects, such as:

  • Scary or frightening visions
  • Intense fear, panic, dread, or anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Overwhelming hallucinations
  • Negative thoughts

Common side effects include:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Chest tightness
  • Agitation
  • Dilated pupils
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Involuntary rapid eye movement

Even if a bad trip doesn’t occur, users may have a difficult time processing an intense experience and integrating it into their everyday lives. This can result in

  • Depersonalization (feeling disconnected from your body or thoughts)
  • Derealization (feeling disconnected from your surrounding environment).

Many people claim DMT has positively improved their lives. Some people say it lifted them out of the fog of depression or helped them overcome other personal issues. But self-medicating with DMT is risky. DMT is a powerful substance. Using it can be destabilizing, particularly if you struggle with mental health issues.


DMT is not physically addictive. Tolerance does not build with prolonged use. Chronic use doesn’t result in long-term changes in the brain. There are also no withdrawal symptoms associated with DMT. This means that if you chronically use DMT and then stop, you won’t experience unpleasant side effects. It is possible to develop a psychological addiction to DMT. You may find the drug so exciting that you want to use it all the time. Because DMT presents a way of escaping reality for some people, they can develop an abusive relationship with the drug. You may have psychological cravings to use DMT and continue to use it, despite negative effects like:

  • Missing work or other functions
  • Neglecting personal relationships
  • Not taking care of your responsibilities


Continuing to use DMT in spite of negative effects like these is a sign of psychological addiction. Long-term abuse of DMT can also make your mental health issues worse. It’s possible to develop an unhealthy relationship with DMT.

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