There are many illegal drugs that people abuse. One you may not hear a lot about but that is important to be aware of is DMT or N, N-Dimethyltryptamine. This is not a commonly abused drug, but it has serious effects on those who do use it. If you or someone you know use or may use this drug in California, you should be aware of how it affects your body and mind.

California Highlands explains there are no safe usage levels for DMT. It comes from a plant, which may lead you to believe it is safe or at least safer than synthetic drugs. It can also be made in a lab in synthetic form. You may not know which you are using.

It is used for ceremonial purposes in some cultures. Because it creates hallucinations, many cultures use it for spiritual reasons. Most often people smoke DMT. It is common for people to be introduced to the drug through such ceremonies.

In addition to the hallucinations, the drug can affect your ability to perceive time. It also creates an overwhelming feeling of euphoria. However, not all effects are positive. The drug can cause bad hallucinations. It speeds up the heart rate and increases blood pressure. The effects may last two to six hours. Aftereffects are also common and include vomiting, which may last for up to eight hours.

This drug is easy to become addicted to. To avoid addiction issues, you should not even try the drug. It is illegal in the U.S. This information is for education and is not legal advice.