The Chemistry of DMT


Dimethyltryptamine, also known as DMT, is a psychedelic compound found in both plants and mammals. It was first synthesised in 1931, but the discovery of DMT being a natural product was found later in 1946. Similar to many other psychedelic substances, dimethyltryptamine is used by South American tribes for religious purposes. Although the specific purpose of DMT in the human brain is unknown, many scientists hypothesise that may play a role in the act of dreaming. Being interested in both chemistry, and the effects of psychedelics on the brain, dimethyltryptamine appealed especially to me. Much has been discovered since its initial discovery in 1931, but there are still many mysteries surrounding this mind molecule.

Composition of ...

Dimethyltryptamine is a compound that is synthesised in the human brain.

Main Chemicals, Compounds, Components

Dimethyltryptamine has chemical formula of C12H16N2

Carbon, Hydrogen, and Nitrogen are some of the most common elements found in the human body.

Chemistry's Role

Dimethyltryptamine reacts with serotonin-receptors, and plays a role similar to dopamine.

Background Research

Dimethyltryptamine is found in many South American plants, such as the jurema tree, along with the brains of various mammals.

DMT has also been thought to be produced in near-death experiences.

As of 1970, dimethyltryptamine is considered an illegal substance.


- Where DMT is found

-Chemical formula

-First synthesis

-Cultural uses

-Serotonin and dopamine

-Relation to dreams and NDE

About the Author

Richy Schoessler is a student at Billings Senior High School. He enjoys playing both the ukulele and the cello. Richy often goes on morning runs, and evening strolls.