Rick Strassman MD

DMT: The Spirit Molecule

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Rick Strassman MD performed the first new human studies with psychedelic drugs in the US in over 20 years. His research involved the powerful naturally-occurring compound, DMT – N,N-dimethyltryptamine. Led to this substance through his earlier study of the pineal gland as a potential biological locus for spiritual experiences, he administered several hundred doses of DMT to approximately 60 volunteers between 1990 and 1995. He wrote about this research in the popular book, DMT: The Spirit Molecule, which has sold over 100,000 copies, has been translated into 12 languages, and is now available as an audio-book. It also inspired an independent documentary by the same name, picked up by Warner Bros distributing in Fall, 2011. With three distinguished collaborators, he co-authored Inner Paths to Outer Space, which looks more carefully at the common "other worlds" experience that volunteers frequently reported during his research.

Since 1996, Dr. Strassman has been exploring models for the DMT effect focusing primarily on the Old Testament concept of prophecy. Prophecy is a spiritual experience which takes into account the apparently external, free-standing nature of the DMT "worlds," in which one's sense of self is highly preserved and interactive. The Old Testament concept of prophecy provides an alternative to other models that borrow more heavily from Eastern religious systems, and those of Latin American shamanism. The notion of prophecy also deals directly with ethical and moral concerns, adding a crucial element to our ability to understand and integrate the content of the psychedelic experience. He is developing these ideas in his next book, The Soul of Prophecy, due to appear in 2013.

Dr. Strassman is currently Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. He is also President and co-founder of the Cottonwood Research Foundation, which is dedicated to consciousness research.

You may purchase DMT: The Spirit Molecule, and Inner Paths to Outer Space directly from the author on this site. Dr. Strassman does his best to answer every e-mail sent to him, so please feel free to make contact.


DMT and the Soul of Prophecy Available for Pre-Order.

At long last, I’m delighted to announce the completion of my latest book: DMT and The Soul of Prophecy. Click here for the link to the book on my publisher’s (Inner Traditions) website. If editing goes according to plan, the book should appear in print late September this year.

In this book, I tackle the major unresolved issue with which I was left after finishing my DMT project nearly 20 years ago. This was to find a model that fit the data from our volunteers’ reports of the drug state. This ultimately led me to the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) where the notion of a “prophetic state of consciousness” began taking shape. At the same time, in order to make sense of the Hebrew Bible, I turned to the classic medieval Jewish philosophers like Maimonides, who proposed rather sophisticated metaphysical/spiritual mechanisms for the prophetic experience. Thus, to the extent that the prophetic and DMT states resembled each other, I could propose metaphysical and spiritual mechanisms in common in addition to shared biological mechanisms.

DMT and The Soul of Prophecy is now on Amazon.com and the other major online retailers for pre-order. Or, you may preorder it from me below or from Inner Traditions to assure that you receive the first printing. If you order it from me, I will sign and inscribe the book.

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DMT: The Spirit Molecule Movie Available Online!

I am pleased to announce that the DMT documentary, "DMT: The Spirit Molecule," is now available on Amazon and iTunes. Nearly 5 years in the making, the film condenses over 80 hours of interview footage with cutting-edge computer-generated imagery to capture critical elements of the DMT experience. I am quite happy with the result, and encourage you to enjoy the film, spread the word.

The film is available to “save” and “rate” on Netflix but doesn’t seem available yet. Click the links below to be directed to the film’s page on these sites.

Note: Amazon also lists: “The Spirit Molecule” DVD and states that it is “currently unavailable.” It does so because this is the listing before Warner Bros. picked up the film for distribution. “DMT: The Spirit Molecule” is the same documentary, only with a different name. “D” is a better letter to name a film with than “T”!

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