What is DiPT? – A psychedelic drug that will trip up your hearing

Psilocybin in magic mushrooms, LSD, ayahuasca, and DMT are all core psychedelic substances known to induce hallucinogenic experiences.

Everyone sees something different on these hallucinogenic compounds. Most of the time we also get “messages” when we visualize. It’s not uncommon to see the earth breathe, trees dance, and clouds change color or move rapidly while taking these medications. The walls might move, the colors are enhanced and we can see things even when our eyes are closed. Because these drugs are often used for spiritual or healing purposes, many have reported seeing their ancestors in these sessions.

Everything around looks and feels electric, and deep down we feel blissful, or at least healed from a number of psychological issues we’re going through.

But did you know there’s a psychedelic that makes you trip through your ears? And it could be just as strong as the visual hallucinations.

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Diisopropyltryptamine is a psychedelic drug and the only one of its kind that induces auditory or auditory hallucinations. Currently, DiPT is not limited to any type of drug planning, and it’s fairly rare to find except from a few vendors on the deep web and certain head shops, although it’s also sold as a research chemical.

DiPT is a less popular and widely used drug found in the tryptamine class of psychotropics and is related to 5-MeO-DiPT (also known as Foxy-Methoxy) and MiPT. In fact, the street name of DiPT is Foxy Methoxy as some chemists were able to synthesize DiPT and sell this synthetic tryptamine.

Some of the better-known tryptamines include melatonin, serotonin, psilocybin, and the DMT (dimethyltryptamine) used to make ayahuasca brews. Tryptamines are known for their ability to produce fantastic sensory changes that can affect human mood. These are commonly used recreationally among young people.

It was Alexander Shulgin who conducted the first human trials of DiPT in 1975. He then co-authored and produced a paper on its psychopharmacological potential in humans in 1981. More information about this drug can be found in a book he wrote in 1997 entitled: TiHKAL (Tryptamines I Have Known and Loved). His work and dedication to psychedelics earned him the nickname “Godfather of Psychedelics”. Based on what we know about DiPT thanks to Shulgin, it appears that DiPT can be viewed as psychedelic mushrooms – but for the ears. It has the unique ability to change the way we perceive sound. And since many people experience tinnitus during or after taking the drug, it may one day play a role in how we understand the condition.

Apart from Shulgin’s work, not much else is known about this mysterious drug.

However, in a recent Psychedelic Spotlight article, psychedelic neuroscientist Zeus Tipado provides some more interesting feedback. “Almost all psychedelics have an audiovisual context, but DiPT exclusively produces audio artifacts. We have no explanation for it,” he tells them.

“We know that DiPT affects the same part of the brain as other psychedelics – the auditory cortex and possibly at a deeper level the thalamus. The thalamus is basically the part of the brain that processes all of your reality. When you take psychedelics, your thalamus is fed information in a chaotic manner, which is partly why things can get weird. But in the case of DiPT, it’s pure auditory chaos,” says Tipado.

He further explains that DiPT is capable of producing auditory hallucinations even when there is no sound at all. “Even though there is no amplification of the auditory senses, DiPT produces auditory hallucinations. This lends weight to the idea that all experience is processed by the auditory cortex,” Tipado continues. “Perhaps this bizarre effect is caused by the superhuman amplification of things we don’t normally hear, like electronic frequencies. But I would say that is unlikely. However, we don’t really have an explanation as to why we experience closed-eye images with other psychedelics. We just don’t know.”

Take with caution

DiPT is not as well researched as other psychedelic drugs, so anyone interested in experimenting with it should proceed with caution. It can cause some unwanted side effects, the most common of which is persistent tinnitus, a painful condition that can last during the session or, in rare cases, months afterward.

High doses of DiPT can also cause a lack of balance or coordination. In extremely high doses, visual hallucinations can also occur.

At best, users of DiPT have received entheogenic benefits. This means that the drug may be used for therapeutic and healing properties. But like any other drug, the set and environment play a very important role in how your trip turns out.


While we still know very little about the potential therapeutic value of DiPT, we can only await further research. It may or may not have therapeutic benefits. Always remember to stay away from street drugs of any kind to avoid unwanted and potentially dangerous side effects.




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