by Krystle Cole
DMT, or dimethyltryptamine, is an entheogen that has been used in a spiritual setting for millennia. In South America two churches, the Santo Daime and União do Vegetal, use ayahuasca, or hoasca, as their sacrament. This is a tea made from boiled plants. One plant contains DMT and another plant contains MAOIs, or monoamine oxidase inhibitors. DMT is only orally active when it is combined with an MAOI. Otherwise DMT can be insufflated, smoked, or injected without an MAOI.
In the United States, DMT is classified as an illegal Schedule I drug. For a drug to be classified as Schedule I it has to fit into these categories:
(A) The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse. (DMT is not addictive)
(B) The drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.
(C) There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision.
Despite the fact that DMT is classified as a Schedule I drug, the United States Supreme Court recognized it’s spiritual significance. In Gonzales v. O Centro Espirita Beneficente Uniao do Vegetal, the Supreme Court heard arguments on November 1, 2005 and unanimously ruled in February 2006 that the U.S. Federal Government must allow the União do Vegetal to import and consume ayahuasca for religious ceremonies under the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
DMT can be found in many plants through out the world. So far, in the United States, the plants that contain DMT are legal to possess, sell, trade, and give away. Click Here to view a list of the plants that contain DMT.