IT’S incredibly euphoric and your mind loses all sense of reality.
Earth is amiss and you’re travelling to a new dimension with a kaleidoscope of colours smothering and intoxicating you.
This is what it’s like to hallucinate on DMT, a drug that is being used more and more in Australia and experts say they don’t even know a lot about it.
It’s one of the most powerful psychedelic narcotics that derives from plants in the Acacia species and it warps your sense of seeing and being.
DMT, also known as Dimethyltryptamine or Dream Time, was historically used as a “journey to find yourself” but experts believe it’s now more dangerous and becoming less natural and more synthetic.
Anybody can get their hands on DMT through the dark web and one in four listings for the psychedelic drug on the website are from Australia.
Forensic toxicologist Andrew Leibie said DMT was a tryptamine, a new class of psychoactive substances.
It’s born from the ground like magic mushrooms and has a similar psychedelic effect. “It’s pretty rare at the moment,” Mr Leibie said.
“What tends to happen with all these newer types of drugs is the drug is not particularly toxic but the hallucinations are violently real.”
Mr Leibie said it was dangerous if people were buying it off the street because drug manufacturers were trying to replicate the high you get from the plant.
“It’s something that is increasingly being designed in a laboratory. It might be an innocuous plant but when you don’t know what else is in there and it can be a real problem. It could be cut with something more dangerous,” he said.
While some describe the trip as a spiritual journey, others have found the drug to be terrifying.
Non-profit educational and harm-reduction resource Erowid has reported the experience of a first-time DMT user.
“The experience itself was as if someone crosswired my five senses and put my brain into an infinite feedback loop,” they said.
“There were no elves. There was no dark matter. There was no room, people, chair, or anything but my mind looking at itself looking at itself looking at itself.
“I had a concept that five minutes of this would melt my brain and I would die.
And I realised that death would not save me but I would be like this until the end of the universe. It was the most terrifying, horrifying experience I have had or could imagine having.
“When I came to, I was told that I had screamed at the top of my lungs for three minutes. I had bitten my hand so hard that I had broken through the skin.
“I had given myself a black eye, scratched my face, one eyeball and both my eyelids.”
Mr Leibie said DMT was just another addition to the evolving drug scene.
“Every six months or so we are talking about a new drug,” he said.
“The ice epidemic hasn’t gone away but drugs are so freely available and people can experiment with a wide range of compounds.
“The scientific community is struggling to catch up. Compounds that haven’t even been tested yet are being consumed by dozens of Australians on the weekend.
“Scientific knowledge about these drugs are behind of where the people are.”
Drug Info NSW says DMT is a powerful hallucinogenic with a chemical structure similar to psilocybin, a compound produced by more than 200 species of mushrooms.
The organisation said most DMT drugs bought on the street were synthetic.
In its purest form it’s a crystal but on the street it’s usually in a powder form.
The 2013 National Drug Strategy Household Survey found that 9.4 per cent of Australians aged 14 and above had tried hallucinogens including magic mushrooms and LSD.
Drug Info NSW says the hallucinogens can have long-term effects and cause spontaneous recurrences of something that happened while somebody was on the drug.
They can occur for days, weeks and even years after taking it.
It can also affect your memory and prolong depression and anxiety.