Just Say No

A natural drug with an unnatural effect: 5-MeO-DMT.

The long-term effects of 5-MeO-DMT usage haven't been established, but Wyatt, one of Damon's fellow explorers, says, "That shit can't be good for you."

The two users I know who smoked 15 to 20 milligram dosages of the chemical (one I witnessed, one I didn't) reported almost instantly peaking on what felt like many hits of LSD, accompanied by an empathic euphoria similar to Ecstasy. "Like being blown up like a balloon until I exploded and was just a part of everything," one of them described. "I just wasn't there anymore." When smoked, the trip lasts approximately 15 to 20 minutes.

The two that I saw snort 30 milligram hits of the drug had far more extreme results. Both Damon and Andre repeatedly wished out loud that it would just go away. Their trips lasted around 45 minutes before they started coming back to reality. Damon documented his experience on paper shortly after for posterity:

"I remember thinking to myself, 'This needs to stop, this is out of control.' Pure panic gripped me; I sat paralyzed trying to make sense out of anything, everything, and the more I thought, the more painful it was. I could no longer make out anything in the room, it just didn't compute -- total sensory overload."

Not one of the users who experimented with 5-MeO-DMT said that they would recommend it to anyone except for the most experienced substance users -- although they were quick to go around sharing it with their friends who fit that profile. The intensity and potency of the drug are likely the reason that 5-MeO-DMT is not sold on the street, to the best of my or their knowledge.

Now, I'm no "Just Say No" crusader, but after observing the most hard-core druggies I know completely floored -- scared, really -- by this 5-MeO-DMT shit, I think it's plain fucking irresponsible of both the chemical companies and the federal government that it's readily available to anyone with a credit card.

E-mail brendan.kelley@newtimes.com

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