Desmanthus illinoensis is a perennial North American bush of the family of the leguminosae, that grows in most states of the USA. In Europe it was also successfully cultivated, here and there.
Use: What is used is an extract prepared from the ground bark of the root. Since DMT by itself is not effective orally, it is activated by the simultaneous intake of harmala seeds or an extract (ayahuasca analog). Smoked extracts also proved to be effective.
Active constituents: Up to around 0.34 % N,N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT) in the bark of the tree. Very low concentrations can occur in the bark of roots that are commercially available.
Effects: In sufficient dosage (around 40–60 grams of ground root bark powder of medium potency) it acts as a strong hallucinogen. For further information see the section „Ayahuasca analoges“ in the second part.
Side Effects: The same side effects and risks of all hallucinogenics. (Read section „Use of hallucinogenics“). Nausea and vomiting, also quite powerful, are frequent side effects, particularly of the DMT-Harmine combination. A diet during the intake is necessary, or else very ugly incidents might occur. Specific information can be found in the section about MAO-Inhibitors.
Suppliers: Desmanthus seeds in ethnobotanical stores.
Miscellaneous: Presumably there are still other leguminosae that are DMT-containing. DMT is in most countries listed in the narcotic drugs act. The possession of DMT-containing material and plants is subject to different degrees of restrictions. Therefore, the intake of DMT-containing material is not advised.