Back in 2010, most people learned about DMT through a documentary called “The Dream Molecule.”

Of course, everyone was already familiar with it; they just didn’t know it.

That’s because dimethyltryptamine is an organic compound found right in your brain. The reason it’s called the “dream molecule” is because that’s what your brain releases when you go to bed and it’s time to experiment other worlds and new experiences.

Now, that being said, some people have learned how to turn DMT into a powder you can smoke for an extremely potent hallucinogenic experience. It can also be taken on paper like LSD.

Given how powerful this drug is, though, it tends to last for fairly short periods of time, especially when compared to other hallucinogens. Trips can last for as little as five minutes or 30 on the long end. As with any drug that finds a market, though, this could change someday.

As all you’re doing is dreaming, a lot of the fallout after the trip is similar, too. Users of DMT don’t describe any negative effects like the hangover you’d get from drinking too much.

At the same time, this similarity to dreams also means that many people have a very hard time grasping what they just experienced. Many are only able to explain their “journey” for a brief moment before it disappears. Again: not so different from how you feel in the morning after a crazy dream.

People who do remember their trips tend to come down into two different camps (they can also experience both).

Some will have utterly fantastical journeys. They talk about different worlds and talking to completely different beings. Aliens tend to be a common thread in DMT trips, though others will try to describe speaking to some version of god.

The other group has a more inward-facing experience. This is why DMT has found a home with many people who practice mindfulness or are interested in the ego and subconscious.

Their stories generally involve tearing away the layers of their ego until they feel bare and have reached their “true” selves. With DMT, many of them claim they have found enlightenment.

As with any drug, you should never take DMT without a doctor’s permission. Doing so would be illegal and could certainly be dangerous given the power of these hallucinations.

Still, clinical trials are being done to use DMT for depression, PTSD and other ailments, so it may be more available in the future.