What Does DMT Look Like?

Will Mohaupt · July 18th, 2019

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You’ve heard people talk about DMT. You may know that ancient native cultures in South America have used it for generations as an aid in shamanistic rituals. Despite this, you’ve probably asked yourself, “What does DMT look like?” If someone walked up to you today and asked “Hey, want some DMT?” would you confidently be able to identify it as such?

Accepting unidentified psychedelics from random strangers is not a wise move to begin with. However, understanding what DMT looks like is a solid step toward psychedelic wisdom.

N,N-Dimethyltryptamine, also known as DMT, is a psychoactive substance found all over the world. It has been used for over 1,000 years in the shamanic rituals of some South American tribes and has radically changed the perspectives of many who have taken it. But what does DMT look like and where can you find it?

Natural Occurrences of DMT

DMT gets around. Seriously. It exists all across the globe in plants, rats, and possibly human brains (though, that is the center of a contentious debate in the scientific community). Typically, you will find DMT in:

If you’re not up for hunting rare North American toads and hard-to-come-by plants, your choices of DMT-induced psychedelia actually become less limited. Since discovering the ayahuasca brew in pre-Colombian South America to synthesizing DMT in the lab for the first time in 1931, humans have become surprisingly effective at developing new techniques of extracting DMT from plant materials.

Extracting DMT from Natural Sources

DMT extraction methods vary. In general, all techniques share some commonalities: obtaining a source of DMT, separating the DMT molecules from the plant matter, converting the DMT molecules into its freebase form, then using a solvent to extract pure DMT crystals. The process also calls for a whole lot of waiting. Generally, once you get to the point of extracting the DMT crystals from the solvent, you’re looking at a 10 hour wait for the crystals to dry completely. The results are DMT crystals that come in different shapes, sizes, and colors depending on the extraction variables. Some of these variations include:

Once you have your extracted DMT crystals, and you’re ready to experience the interconnectedness of universal existence, take a quick smell test. The DMT crystals should have a sweet, rubbery smell (kind of like the soles of a brand new pair of shoes). If you catch a scent of chemicals, such as lighter fluid or lye, that’s because there is still solvent mixed in and the DMT crystals weren’t extracted well. In other words, don’t ingest!

When dealing with volatile chemicals and psychoactive plants, it is best to take as much care as possible. Be responsible, do your research, and never ingest anything you have second thoughts about.

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