DiPT or N,N-diisopropyltryptamine is a very unusual tryptamine psychedelic hallucinogen. Despite its relation to DMT and LSD, which produce visual effects as well as auditory effects, DiPT causes primarily auditory effects. Instead of seeing the walls warp and patterns fractalize, it morphs sounds, like music, voices. If you’re the psychedeli-curious type who wants to experience it all, DiPT is not something to be missed. It’s worth the trip.

DiPT is a substituted tryptamine that’s analogous to our neurotransmitters. It’s related to serotonin and melatonin. There have been no reports of addiction or fatal overdoses. However, it is serotonergic so do not take it with other drugs that mess with serotonin, such as MDMA, SSRI antidepressants, St. John’s Wort, or MAO inhibitors, as this can cause a potentially fatal toxidrome called “serotonin syndrome.” Considering the state of American health care, you do not want to mess with that. DiPT, while not explicitly illegal in most places (it is illegal in Florida), can be considered an analogue of 5-MeO-DiPT, therefore can be covered under the Federal Analog Act.

You’ll most often encounter the hydrochloride salt, which looks like a fine white powder or crystals. Like many hallucinogens, DiPT tastes atrocious. Etizolam and Phenazepam taste neutral, but those are a rare exception. It’s way too painful to snort; don’t bother. Put it inside a gelatin capsule or inside a bit of tissue paper and swallow. The dosage is in the 15mg – 100mg range, with 25mg being a good dose, so you should be comfortable using a calibrated milligram scale. Remember, cheap “jeweler’s” scales have high margins of error so your 25mg may be anywhere from 20-30mg, despite what the manufacturer tells you. Err on the side of caution, as you can always take more, but you can’t remove excess.

You should notice the first “alert” or perk around 10-15 minutes after ingestion. There’s light nausea and light body load throughout the experience. The sound distortions begin around 30 min in, and you’ll feel a slight pressure in or behind your ear. It’s like a soft TV static, if you kids today still know what static is. (If you don’t, it sounds like this.) TV static is an analogue antenna translating the cosmic background radiation into sound; it’s quite literally the sound of the universe.

At first, it sounds like people have slightly deeper voices. You might even miss the start of this. Try speaking yourself, and you find your voice is going deeper. By the second hour, the body load should have peaked. Visual distortions are minimal. You’ll need to really strain to notice them. Even then, it’s usually under larger doses. There’s very light flickering of light sources, appearances of the wall breathing or acting like a trap under the wind, and some inability to tell distances. The real joy happens as the trip continues — that not only voices become deeper, but you get the sensation that you can hear “more.” Pick some music (nothing too heavy or industrial, trust me).

There’s a melody and a harmony to each piece of music. Every instrument contributes its own voice to the song. On DiPT, it’s almost as though special channels can open to each instrument, so you can truly appreciate the composer’s intent. It reverberates. It’s inconsistent. The channels seem to open and close, perhaps in tune with the music, perhaps on their own. All the while, it’s too deep, but does that bother you? By the third hour, the body load and nausea should be evaporating; this is the peak.

The sound soon will adopt a flanging sound, almost as if the voices are done by robots. It’s like an old science fiction movie. Music can start sounding disharmonious. Try different genres, maybe you’ll find something you like. The trip can last up to 12 hours, but 8 hours is more typical length. The comedown is very gentle, and honestly, I had no trouble sleeping. My friend didn’t either.

Overdosing is unpleasant. It’s typical of serotonergic drug overdoses and can result in that syndrome I talked about, “serotonin syndrome”: Shivering, sweating, diarrhea, hallucinations, coma, and eventually very costly medical care. If that doesn’t convince you to take it easy, let me quote a line from TiHKAL about an overdose’s cognitive effects: “the DiPT was the body of Satan… I felt I was a fallen angel.”

Have fun; try not to die.