Alpha-Methyltryptamine (alfa-meth-ill-trip-ta-meen) also known as AMT was originally developed as an antidepressant in the 1960’s but resurfaced as a recreational drug in the 1990’s. Its popularity has grown in recent years and it has been found in some tablets in Scotland marketed as MDMA.

AMT is a long lasting psychedelic (trippy) stimulant (upper) drug similar to LSD and MDMA which can make you feel energetic and upbeat. It also increases your heart rate and breathing. People using it can experience a rush, greater appreciation of music and visual hallucinations as well as nausea and vomiting, aching muscles, sleeplessness and anxiety.

It comes in an off white, pale pink/orange or bright orange powder and is reported to have a distinctive plastic smell. It is often swallowed (bombed), snorted or smoked. An average dose for swallowing will give around 50 bombs from a gram and for smoking around 160 doses. These doses should not be taken as recommendations.

Snorting often causes effects to come on quicker than swallowing and it can be a more intense experience although effects tend to last longer when the drug is swallowed. Smoking AMT is reported to produce more stimulant type effects, with faster onset and shorter duration.

What you need to know

If you choose to use AMT:

-Higher doses last longer (up to 22 hours in some cases) and run the risk of more negative effects. Try to control the quantities you take in one session. A little goes a long way!
-Always use with people you know and trust
-Be careful if mixing with stimulants as this is asking your body to do extra work in response to the drugs. We would recommend avoiding this
-Tripping can make you more aware of your surroundings, thoughts and body
-Avoid using if you are feeling down or in an unfamilair setting
-Using trips when you are experiencing mental health problems or if you have a history of schizophrenia could make these problems worse
-Hallucinogenic drugs can interefere with anti-depressent medication so it is best to avoid taking trips are on them
-Some people report a “hangover” where they still see visuals for a few days after the substance has worn off. (Hallucinogen Persisting Perceptual Disorder [HPPD] known as flashbacks. Read more here:
-Most people will wait weeks or months before taking a strong hallucinogen again