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Friday, March 23, 2012

DMT Vault

DMT is a naturally occuring psychedelic of the tryptamine family. It is present in many plants & mammals, and is available for recreational use. Chemically known as dimethyltryptamine, it is structurally related to the neurotransmitter serotonin, the hormone melatonin, and the psychedelic compound psilocybin. 

DMT products are consumed primarily for their psychedelic, hallucinogenic, or entheogenic properties. When combined with an MAOI to facilitate oral absorbtion, DMT is the main constituent in ayahuasca; a beverage consumed in Amazonian circles for entheogenic purposes. 

Its mode of action is complex. DMT is known to act as a non selective agonist at multiple serotonergic receptors. It also interacts with dopaminergic, adrenergic, sigma, and trace amine associated (TAAR) receptors, with varying profiles of efficacy.

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