“This state… cannot be described with words,” Sam*, a regular user of hallucinogenic drugs, wrote to me when he described one of his experiences with N,N-Dimethyltryptamine known as DMT.

“It’s a state where you exist in your purest form, [a state] of deep peace and happiness,” he said. “This world is beyond cool to look at, and it just so seems that this is the place where we all came from, which is awesome. Spirals upon spirals began to appear and infinite spirals would emerge out of other spirals. I was happiness itself, this world is mine, and the happiness is emerging only from me.”

A trip on DMT is described by users like “breaking out of a simulation.” People report being able to access the true inner workings of their minds, and describe the feeling of being launched into other dimensions, where they experience their consciousness existing outside of their own bodies.

“One may experience coalescence with the very fabric of space-time, followed by the ‘blast-off’ into an alternate, alien realm, termed ‘hyperspace’ by some,” another user called Eli* told Business Insider. “The alternate realm defies all conceptions that we are accustomed to and typically presents as impossible geometric fractal patterns that possess eerie familiarity.”

Time and language are inconceivable, but you may experience telepathic conversations with the beings you encounter, he said. According to personal accounts, a DMT trip is different to hallucinating on other drugs, such as psilocybin (mushrooms) or LSD, because it takes you some place completely different to this world, as opposed to modifying your relationship with it.

In fact, the trip is so intense and abstract, some users have trouble explaining exactly what it’s like. One user told me that attempting to write it down is essentially pointless. But a common theme among users is the opinion that tripping on DMT feels “more real than real.”

Many of the users I spoke to mentioned their minds being “pulled” from their bodies, meeting alien entities or spiritual beings to guide them, in an environment of vivid circus-like colours and patterns. There are also forums on the internet dedicated to particular figures that seem to appear time and time again, such as a jester.

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