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From 1990 to 1995, Dr. Rick Strassman conducted United States 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 René 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 so-called 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Highly readable, intriguing, provocative…an intellectually courageous book…Will be of great use both to researchers and clinicians, as well as to laypeople.”

    American Journal of Psychiatry

  • “Rick Strassman's pioneering research work with DMT, a natural psychedelic drug used by Amazonian Indians, raises fascinating questions about the neurochemical basis of experience and the feasibility of conducting human research with mind-altering drugs in a university medical center. Truly adventurous reading!”

    Andrew Weil, MD, author of Spontaneous Healing

  • “[Strassman's] account, written more for the layman than the specialist, is ground-breaking, and raises the interesting question as to what is truly a psychedelic experience.”

    Peter Fenwick, author of The Art of Dying

  • “Fascinating and provocative. A remarkable exploration of the boundaries of science and consciousness itself.”

    Rupert Sheldrake, author of The Presence of the Past

  • “The most extensive scientific study of the mental and perceptual effects of a psychedelic drug since the 1960s.”

    Ralph Metzner, PhD, author of Ayahuasca: Consciousness and the Spirits of Nature

  • “Strassman raises vital questions about the origin of spiritual experiences and the nature of consciousness.”

    Larry Dossey MD, author of Reinventing Medicine

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Christine | 2/16/2014

    " Fascinating book, really enjoyed the stories of the subjects and the speculation of what role DMT plays in birth, death, dreams etc. Only problem I have with this book is that it comes across in a factual definitive, when a lot of the theories about DMT are speculation. A lot of the people I have talked to about DMT seem to believe that it IS what causes us to dream and it IS released when you die, but this is not actually a proven fact. I have never tried DMT, and if I do, this book has taught me more than I need to know about preparation. This is no ordinary drug that can be taken lightly it is a powerful medicine, potentially life-changing substance which must be treated with respect. I'm excited for the journey when I'm ready for it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Leonardo | 2/7/2014

    " Amazing tale of a doctor's journey in search of "the spirit molecule". This book is filled with insights regarding spirituality, psychedelics and the struggle to understand either in the current political & scientific climate. Looses a bit of steam at the end, but leaves you with plenty of food for thought. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Travis Lenting | 2/2/2014

    " Great read - just wish he would have done all sorts of different experiments "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by zeb | 1/28/2014

    " A fascinating look at an unjustly neglected area of psychology. This book shows you a glimpse of what lies beyond the veil of our everyday experience of reality. The consistency in the narratives of the different participants in Strassman's study should make anybody question the current dogma about hallucinogenics. Recommended reading - though the book should come with a warning about trying this sort of stuff at home! "

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About the Author
Author Rick Strassman

Rick Strassman, MD, is a clinical associate professor of psychiatry at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. He earned his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and received his MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University in 1977. In 1995 he received the University of New Mexico General Clinical Research Center’s Research Scientist Award. He has published nearly thirty peer-reviewed scientific papers and has served as a reviewer for several research journals and as a consultant to the US Food and Drug Administration, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Social Security Administration, and other state and local agencies. His research centers around the role of the naturally occurring compound DMT and its role in out-of-body and near-death experiences.