A hallucinogenic drug used in shamanic rituals in the Amazon is growing in popularity in the U.S., researchers have found.
This suggests 'its popularity may increase,' Winstock says in the latest issue of the Journal of Psychopharmacology, according to the Huffington Post.
Male high school students were the most likely new users, Winstock found, and he says films are to blame for raising awareness about the drug.
The first, Psychotria viridis, contains DMT which is listed as a Schedule I drug under the U.S. Controlled Substances Act. By itself, though, DMT has no real effect and requires the second plant in the brew, Banisteriopsis caapi, to enable the brain to neutralize DMT.