The Latest Drug That Has Parents On High Alert

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Dimethyltryptamine, or “DMT”: A psychedelic compound of the tryptamine family. It is a structural analog of seratonin and melatonin and a functional analog of other psychedelic tryptamines.

Historically, it has been consumed by indigenous Amazonian Indian cultures through the extraction of the root bark of Mimosa tenuiflora and its consumption of ayanuasca for divinatory and healing purposes.

“DMT” is a Schedule I Controlled Substance, and it is classified as this, because there is no proof of long term abuse when experimented with.

Recently, it was brought to my attention, by a relative in the family, that “DMT” has become relatively widespread in her high school. Upon asking her further questions, beings I have never heard of this said drug, she stated “It’s like a “trippy” drug; you start having hallucinations, but it puts you in a paralyzed state. A lot of teens were curious and each one that had tried it, so far, said they’d do it again if asked (maybe at a party or something.” Hearing all of this had me utterly appalled. With each in-depth answer to the questions I gave her, the more baffled I was becoming. A drug that you can’t easily get “hooked on”? Going around in local high schools, none the less? I asked a few parents of teenagers, locally in the Cape May County area, if they heard about this. All of the parents I asked, looked at me, as if I had 4 heads. Each parent had the same reaction: worried that their teenager would want to experiment more and more, and/or with different drugs- feeling invincible, as that particular drug they experiment with (DMT), has no long-term side affects.

In a study, one person cmaimed seeing “elves or little people” in the beginning of their trip.

Short-Term Effects:

High blood pressure

Pupils larger in diameter

Hallucinations

Sweaty or “clammy” hands

Dry mouth

*PLEASE BE ADVISED*

Not ALL of those who participated in the study experienced the same symptoms. Some, in fact, didn’t feel anything.

Always remember: conversation with your young adult, especially over dinner, has proven to be the most effective when expressing concerns & when trying to establish a more trusting relationship.

  • JESSICA OSBORN
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