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New hallucinogenic drug gaining popularity

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DMT in crystallized form. DMT in crystallized form.

It's the message that could shed some light on the mysterious death of an MSU student and Owosso native.

Hours before he was found lying on the side of I-69, Dustyn Frolka sent this tweet. "I've never done DMT and that is about to change."

TV5 is learning more about the hallucinogenic drug which has gained notoriety in recent years.

Drug addiction counselor Ashlee Hansinger has seen cases of DMT abuse here in Mid-Michigan.

DMT is a psychedelic drug similar to acid or mushrooms but causes even more powerful and potentially dangerous hallucinations.

It is extracted from a South American plant and was used mainly for religious rituals in the Amazon. It has been the focus of a Netflix documentary and even promoted by TV host Joe Rogan.

"Me personally, I've gotten great benefit out of certain psychedelics. I think they dissolve ego and I think they offer you a view of the world that may not be possible without it," says Rogan.

Getting the plant that produces it is as easy as a few clicks online and there are several tutorials on how to extract DMT crystals from it. It's most commonly smoked, but can also be injected.

A global survey says it's recreational use has more than doubled since 2006 to more than 1.4 million people who've tried it.

That survey also said the newest users were more likely to be young, male and in school.

One more place DMT exists, in your body. It naturally occurs inside you and your glands release it in small amounts during your dreams.

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