DMT: The Spirit Molecule : A Doctor's Revolutionary Research into the Biology of Near-Death and Mystical Experiences Paperback
From 1990 to 1995 Dr. Rick Strassman conducted U.S. Government-approved and funded clinical research at the University of New Mexico in which he injected sixty volunteers with DMT, one of the most powerful psychedelics known.
His detailed account of those sessions is an extraordinarily riveting inquiry into the nature of the human mind and the therapeutic potential of psychedelics.
DMT, a plant-derived chemical found in the psychedelic Amazon brew, ayahuasca, is also manufactured by the human brain.
In Strassman's volunteers, it consistently produced near-death and mystical experiences.
Many reported convincing encounters with intelligent nonhuman presences, aliens, angels, and spirits.
Nearly all felt that the sessions were among the most profound experiences of their lives.
Strassman's research connects DMT with the pineal gland, considered by Hindus to be the site of the seventh chakra and by Rene Descartes to be the seat of the soul. DMT: The Spirit Molecule makes the bold case that DMT, naturally released by the pineal gland, facilitates the soul's movement in and out of the body and is an integral part of the birth and death experiences, as well as the highest states of meditation and even sexual transcendence.
Strassman also believes that "alien abduction experiences" are brought on by accidental releases of DMT.
If used wisely, DMT could trigger a period of remarkable progress in the scientific exploration of the most mystical regions of the human mind and soul.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 384 pages, 14 b&w illustrations
- Publisher: Inner Traditions Bear and Company
- Publication Date: 01/12/2000
- Category: Medical research
- ISBN: 9780892819270
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Review by johnemersonsfoot
The unthinkable took place. A researcher fought his way through mountains of red take and political posing to do a study on a psychedelic substance. Even more interestingly, one he was familiar with on a molecular, though not practical, level. The man most qualified to run the study was handed the keys to the kingdom. An amazing tale of bureaucracy and beauty.Just as important is the condemnation which comes raining down on him for daring to as 'why'. Most depressingly sharp, and surprising, is how quickly his Buddhist temple sicks the inquisition on him.
Review by poetontheone
Strassman's book is a journey through red tape into the deepest pools of human consciousness. Not only does it give us a thorough understanding of the effects of DMT. It presents a road map for drug research methods that could lead to a better understanding of psychedelics (and other drugs) that could dramatically shift drug policy in the United States It is an amazing case for the potential mass of benefits to be gained from psychedelic research. This book opens a door. If more are to follow in Strassman's footsteps, only progress is to be gained.
Review by Pondlife
This book covers three main topics: the process of setting up human trials using DMT, including the various regulations and other hurdles that needed to be overcome; the experiences of the volunteers in the trials; and some speculation about the role of naturally occurring DMT and its generation by the pineal gland.I found the descriptions of the trial process and the experiences interesting, but I thought the stuff about the pineal gland was totally unsubstantiated and felt that this part could have been profitably omitted. The whole pineal gland bit seemed to be pure speculation, and the lack of scientific method was at odds with the scientific approach described in the rest of the book.Overall an interesting book, and one of the few good books on psychedelic research.
Review by maxpetersen
this past week I have read the ever thought-provoking spiritual book "DMT: The Spirit Molecule". This book is an autobiography on doctor Rick Strassman's amazing research on the dimethyltryptamine molecule, the thing that is produced in our brains that he believes is normal regulating part of our spirit, soul, or consciousness. Dr. Strassman also goes into great detail about the molecular similarities between DMT (one of the simplest molecules next to glucose) and other drugs such as LSD, Psilocybin, and Mescaline, as well as telling his, over three year process just to acquire the permits to preform the research from the DEA and FDA. Once i picked up this book I couldn't put it down, I read it every chance I had, I was ever fascinated with the working of outside applied DMT on research volunteers. This is probably one of the best books I have read so far, up there with the doors of perception, and the perennial philosophy. there are far to many theories and amazing inquires for me to go into much detail, but this book is a dramatic explanation of the biology of the soul. I would recommend this book to anyone who has questions to the outstanding workings of birth, near-death, and death experiences, as well as spontaneous visionary experience brought on by meditation or "enlightenment".
Review by marieharbon
Ground breaking research and a fascinating read. Even if you don't want to digest the background and methods, people's DMT experiences are thought provoking and inspiring. This was one of the books I used as research for my novel, 'Seven Point: The First Chronicle'.
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