DMT is a common name for the chemical N,N-dimethyltryptamine. It is a versatile substance, in that it can be taken into the body in virtually any way; smoked, injected, snorted, swallowed, or even inserted rectally. Users choose to take it for its hallucinatory properties, and the visions it can produce have sometimes been referred to as ‘spiritual’ in nature.

The effects vary significantly depending on the method of intake. When it is smoked, the onset is fast and strong but will not last very long; when snorted, they are more gradual and longer lasting. Because of this, users may vary their method of intake depending on their mood, the setting (where they are and who they’re with) and what effect they are after.