Friday, October 27, 2023
or N, N-dimethyltryptamine is one of the oldest used psychedelics. As a component in ayahuasca, it has been ingested by indigenous people in South America for centuries. But despite its long history, it’s also one of the least understood psychedelics.
For starters, DMT is naturally produced in the human body and researchers theorize that the molecule is released right before death and sometimes during childbirth. Because of this, it has often been at times referred to as the ‘near-death hormone.’
DMT produces strong open and closed eye visuals, and at high doses is a fully immersive experience that radically shifts perspectives and causes mystical experiences. DMT is found in over 400 plants and fungi and can also be synthesized in a lab. Most users will consume DMT by vaporizing it around 160 degrees Celsius (320°F).
DMT is usually present and stored as a crystallized powder. It is usually pale yellow-orange to pure white in appearance. As the molecules oxidize, the powder starts to yellow. DMT is a very stable molecule so its potency is unlikely to degrade quickly over a short period of time. But it can degrade into DMT-B-oxide when exposed to air and high temperatures.
DMT is commonly found in salt powder, but DMT can also come in its freebase (liquid-like) form which is more reactive. Generally, storing DMT as a salt is more stable and will last longer. As with most things a cool, dark, and dry place is the best way to store DMT.
How to Store DMT
The best way to store DMT is in an airtight, small glass jar. DMT can be oxidized by air so keeping it in a sealed jar is the most important part of storage. A brown jar glass jar is suggested to keep the DMT away from both air and light. But unlike other psychedelics like LSD, DMT is not reactive to light.
It is best not to store DMT in plastic or plastic wrap for long periods. The chemicals in the plastic can leach into the DMT (or any substances for that matter) and be ingested with the DMT. In general plastic doesn't do any of us any good.
DMT should be stored under 25 degrees Celsius (77 Fahrenheit). Unless you live someone where it is hot or humid, storing at room temperature will be suffice. If you do decide to store it in the fridge or freezer remember to let the DMT and jar come up to room temperature before opening the jar.