What does it look like?
aMT has been sold as:
- White and coloured powders
- Different coloured capsules and pellets
- A liquid
The capsules and pellets are swallowed.
The powder can be dissolved in water or other drinks, snorted, bombed (rolled up in a cigarette paper and swallowed) or smoked.
How does it make you feel?
aMT is a powerful hallucinogen with some stimulant effects that can make you:
- feel euphoric, upbeat and friendly to those around you
- see illusions/distorted perceptions
- feel anxious, restless or aggressive
- Empathy, where people feel very in touch with other people’s feelings.
- Altered perceptions.
- 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
- 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.
How does it make people behave?
aMT 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.
How long the effects last and the drug stays in your system depends on how much you’ve taken, your size, whether you’ve eaten and what other drugs you may have also taken.
aMT can make people feel positive and energetic and has a range of other effects on your mind and how you feel. These can last between 3 to 14 hours, depending on how much is taken and on how it is taken.
Physical health risks
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.
Like any drug, taking aMT does involve risks. Here’s what it may do to you:
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.
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.
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.
You might be at risk of harm as a result of fear and hallucinations.
What is AMT cut with?
FRANK is currently not aware of any evidence that shows that aMT is being cut (having powders added to bulk them up and increase profits) or that it has been contaminated during production and shipment but many products are altered so you can’t be sure.
Is it dangerous to mix with other drugs?
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 antidepressants, some wines and cheeses, or with Bovril or Marmite).
The risks associated with taking any drug increase when you drink alcohol as well.
Can you get addicted?
We don’t know yet. However, we know that with other similar drugs it is possible to become used to their effects which means you need to take more to achieve the same high.
aMT has some stimulant effects and so it is possible that it also might be addictive like other stimulants.
This is a Class A drug, which means it's illegal to have for yourself, give away or sell.
Possession can get you up to 7 years in prison, an unlimited fine or both.
Supplying someone else, even your friends, can get you life in prison, an unlimited fine or both.
Like drink-driving, driving when high is dangerous and illegal. If you’re caught driving under the influence, you may receive a heavy fine, driving ban, or prison sentence.
If the police catch people supplying illegal drugs in a home, club, bar or hostel, they can potentially prosecute the landlord, club owner or any other person concerned in the management of the premises.