DMT Vape Pens. A DMT vape pen combines either N,N,DMT or 5-MeO-DMT with an e-liquid base. It’s then added to a standard vaporizer, just like the type you’ll find from cannabis manufacturers.
In fact, you can even use DMT vape cartridges with any standard cartridge-style vape pens. These pens are often sold with CBD, THC, or nicotine cartridges. When the tank is empty, it’s removed, and a fresh new tank is screwed into its place.
Vape pens are designed to heat the contents without burning them. The DMT and its base agent (usually e-liquid) are heated just enough to convert into a vapor which can then enter the lungs for absorption. Vape pens typically heat the active ingredients to around 400ºF (204ºC).
DMT can also be smoked, but the high heat (over 1500ºF or 900ºC) destroys a lot of the viable DMT and produces potentially harmful byproducts.
Vaping is considered safer, less harsh on the throat and lungs, and more efficient than smoking.
What Types of DMT Vape Pens Are There?
DMT vape pens can be broken down according to two categories:
- The type of vaporizer products (cartridges, disposable vape pens, refillable DMT e-liquid)
- The type of DMT used as the active ingredient (N,N,DMT or 5-MeO-DMT)
A) Types of DMT Vaporizers
Vape pens are well-established at this point. You can find companies in many different markets selling vape pens of all different styles. The main industry for this is cannabis, but you can also find vapes for nicotine, caffeine, melatonin, and other substances.
DMT vapes come in all the same formats as these other vapes.
In general, the most accessible form of DMT vapes to use is DMT vape carts.
The trick is to order a nice vape pen battery that allows you to recharge it and control the battery’s voltage output. If you find the hits are a little too harsh, you can turn down the voltage to vape at a lower temperature.
Cheap vape batteries won’t offer this functionality.
1. DMT Vape Cartridges
- Convenient to use
- Cost efficient
- Easy to swap out for other types of carts
The most common form is replaceable vape cartridges. These devices use the standard 510 threading found on most vape batteries on the market. They allow you to use an existing vape battery.
You’ll need a couple of hits to “breakthrough,” but this is more of a positive than a negative. It’s much more controllable than mesh pens or smoking DMT in a dab rig or pipe.
2. Disposable DMT Vape Pens
- Works right out of the box
- Low barrier to entry
DMT vapor also comes in the form of non-refillable vape pens. These standalone devices come with a battery and internal tank that holds the DMT and e-liquid base. Once the tank is empty or the battery runs out, you simply throw away the device.
The downside of these devices is that they’re wasteful and usually use cheap materials. Cheap heating elements may off-gas heavy metals like lead.
3. Refillable DMT Vape E-Liquid Pens
- Designed to vape E-liquid
- Convenient & easy to use
- Customizable settings
You can also find refillable E-liquid vapes that can be filled with a DMT-infused E-liquid. You can buy these E-liquids or make it yourself by combining DMT freebase with any e-liquid.
4. Mesh Pens or Mod Pens
- Can vape powder, resin, or e-liquid
- Requires some effort to get it to work properly
Mod vape pens are designed to be customized. You need three main components — the battery, the coil, and a stainless steel mesh. This method requires a bit of tinkering to get it to work, but once it’s going, it’s the only method aside from smoking that’s going to deliver breakthrough experiences with just one or two hits of DMT.
These vapes also offer the most accurate dose because you know exactly how much DMT you’re getting based on the amount of powder you’re using.
How to Use a DMT Vape Pen
The whole point of a DMT vape is that it’s simple to use. Nevertheless, there are a few steps to follow to get the most efficient hit from your vape.
Step 1: Shake the Pen
Always give the pen a good shake before you use it. The DMT will tend to separate from the e-liquid base, so if you skip this step, you will either get a hit of pure DMT or pure e-liquid.
Step 2: Take one Long Inhale, and Exhale Completely
This does two things; it calms you down before the hit, which is going to help reduce the chances of having a challenging or anxious experience. Secondly, it prepares you to take a longer, deeper breath during the next step, ultimately making the DMT more efficient.
Step 3: Take a Deep Inhale
Don’t rush it — inhale the vapor from the device slowly. It’s going to be pretty harsh, so taking longer, slower breaths will cut back on some of this harshness. Once you’ve taken a full inhale, release the pen and take one more inhale to bring all the vapor into the lungs.
Step 4: Hold Your Breath for a Few Seconds Before Exhaling
The DMT will immediately start absorbing through your lungs. Keeping the vapor in the lungs for a few seconds before exhaling allows you to get more efficiency from the DMT you’re using. The longer you hold your breath, the stronger the hit will be.
Step 5: Repeat as Necessary
Depending on the potency of your pen, the amount of vapor you inhaled, and the time you held the vapor in your lungs, you may need to take a few hits to reach breakthrough levels.
For a standard 400 mg, 0.5 mL vape cartridge, you may need between 5 and 15 hits to reach this effect level.
If using a mesh pen or stronger vape cartridge, you may only need 1–3 hits to reach breakthrough levels, so don’t rush it.
How Strong Are DMT Vape Pens?
Few psychedelics compete in terms of the depth of psychedelic experience than a DMT vape pen. They’re comparable in strength to ayahuasca but have substantially higher celerity.
Celerity is a term that describes the speed at which the psychedelic state of consciousness appears and disappears again.
Think “acceleration.” The faster a psychedelic accelerates, the sooner the race is over.
DMT vape pens are like a drag car — capable of reaching top speed almost instantly. But this comes at a cost — drag cars burn through their fuel quickly.
Substances with low celerity, like ayahuasca, take longer to get up to speed (reach peak effects) but also last much longer (6–10 hours). Ayahuasca is like a rally car — it’s much slower off the line but has the efficiency and fuel capacity to run for several hours.
A single hit of a vape pen can inject the user into deep psychedelic states in a matter of just a few seconds. The effects usually reach peak experience by the 10-minute mark and quickly fade out from there.
Just as fast as the experience begins, it goes away again. The total experience from a DMT vape pen rarely lasts longer than 30 minutes in total.
Is DMT The Strongest Psychedelic?
Some might argue that DMT (especially 5-MeO-DMT) is the strongest psychedelic based on the depth it brings the psychedelic explorer. The states of consciousness this compound can bring you to are hard to get to with any other psychedelic compound.
While this may be true, technically speaking, DMT isn’t the most potent psychedelic. This title goes to LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) and LSD derivatives. The standard dose of 5-MeO-DMT (inhaled) is about 40 or 50 mg. The standard psychoactive dose for LSD, AL-LAD, PRO-LAD, ETH-LAD 1P-LSD, or related LSD-derivatives is only about a tenth of a milligram (100 mcg).
This makes LSD roughly 500 times stronger than DMT.
But it isn’t quite that simple. The top-level of the experience is higher with DMT — meaning that even high doses of LSD won’t provide an experience as strong as the standard psychoactive dose of DMT, even if both substances were used at the same dose (something that is definitely not recommended).
Are DMT Vape Pens Legal?
DMT is illegal in virtually every country, including the United States, Australia, and Europe.
Canada and Mexico are an exception. DMT isn’t explicitly banned in these countries, but it isn’t exactly legal. Technically, you can legally own DMT pens here, but it’s not legal for companies to sell them.
In the US, DMT is classified as a Schedule I drug — a class that brings the highest degree of punishment for breaking the rules.
There are a few exceptions to this rule in the US. For example, groups that use DMT in the form of ayahuasca for spiritual purposes have been granted access to use it. Only a select few groups of people have been granted this exception, which doesn’t apply to DMT vape pens.
Psychedelic facilitators working with 5-MeO-DMT in Canada and Mexico are surprisingly common. In Mexico, there are a couple of retreat centers that administer 5-MeO-DMT in vaporizer form to their participants.
The traditional ceremony involved smoking the venom of the Bufo alvarius toad, but due to environmental concerns, many have switched to synthetic 5-MeO-DMT instead.
The ceremony and ritual surrounding the application and integration of this substance should remain intact for these groups despite the more modern method of administration.