What is aMT?
aMT, a powerful hallicinogen, became a Class A drug on 7 January 2015.
The drug is very active in small doses, which means it’s easy to take too much and overdose this can lead to you becoming agitated and having bad experiences like anxiety attacks.
aMT was tested as a potential antidepressant in the sixties but there is actually little information about its harms, especially any long-term harm. It’s difficult to know how any regular users will be affected if they use it for a long time.
There is also a slight risk that aMT will react with other medicines and a range of foods to cause dangerous increases in blood pressure (for example, certain SSRI anti-depressants, some wines and cheeses, or with Bovril or Marmite).
What are the risks?
Like any drug, taking aMT involves risk. Here's what it might do to you:
- You might feel anxious, restless or aggressive.
- You might feel unwell, like you have a fever, have abnormal sweating, vomit or you may have a headache.
- Your heart may beat very quickly or irregularly which can be dangerous.
- aMT can cause hallucinations which means you may see or hear things that aren’t there. This can sometimes be quite scary and confusing known as a bad trip. Good trips can be amusing and pleasant but you can’t be sure whether you’ll have a good or bad trip.
- You might be at risk of harm as a result of fear and hallucinations.
- It is easy to overdose on aMT because compared to many other powder drugs, you only need to take a small amount for it to have a substantial effect.
- There is a small possibility that aMT may react with certain medicines and some foods (like certain wines and cheeses, or with Bovril or Marmite). This can cause a dangerous rise in blood pressure.
- We know that some drugs can irritate and damage the lining of the nose, stomach and lungs depending on how they are taken. aMT may cause similar damage but more research is needed to see whether this is the case.
aMT and alcohol
The risks associated with taking any drug increase when you drink alcohol as well. Also, aMT may react with some wines and cause a very dangerous rise in blood pressure – but it is not clear that this would normally occur with the doses being used.
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