Does Amanita Muscaria Contain Dmt

As a mushroom growing enthusiast, I’ve often been asked about the psychedelic properties of Amanita muscaria, commonly known as the fly agaric mushroom. In the realm of psychedelic mushrooms, one of the questions that frequently arises is whether Amanita muscaria contains dimethyltryptamine (DMT), a powerful hallucinogenic compound.

Understanding Amanita Muscaria

Amanita muscaria is famous for its distinctive red cap adorned with white spots, and it has a rich history in various cultures for its psychoactive properties. However, contrary to popular belief, Amanita muscaria does not contain DMT. Instead, the psychoactive compounds found in this mushroom are muscimol and ibotenic acid.

Muscimol and Ibotenic Acid

Muscimol is the principal psychoactive compound in Amanita muscaria. When consumed, muscimol acts as a potent central nervous system depressant, leading to intoxication and hallucinations. Ibotenic acid, which converts to muscimol when the mushroom is dried or heated, also contributes to its psychoactive effects.

DMT and Psychoactive Mushrooms

It’s important to note that DMT is not typically found in Amanita muscaria. DMT is more commonly associated with other psychedelic mushrooms, such as certain species of Psilocybe, which contain psilocybin and psilocin as their primary psychoactive compounds. These compounds are chemically distinct from those found in Amanita muscaria.


While Amanita muscaria has a long history of use in various cultures for its psychoactive effects, it does not contain DMT. Instead, its psychoactive properties stem from muscimol and ibotenic acid. As with any psychoactive substance, it’s important to approach Amanita muscaria with caution and respect for its potential effects on the mind and body.