• DMT: The Spirit Molecule

  • A Doctor's Revolutionary Research into the Biology of Near-Death and Mystical Experiences
  • By: Rick Strassman MD
  • Narrated by: Drew Graham
  • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (251 ratings)

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DMT: The Spirit Molecule

By: Rick Strassman MD
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A clinical psychiatrist explores the effects of DMT, one of the most powerful psychedelics known.

  • A behind-the-scenes look at the cutting edge of psychedelic research. 
  • Provides a unique scientific explanation for the phenomenon of alien abduction experiences. 

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 60 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.

©2001 Rick J. Strassman, MD, All Rights Reserved. (P)2021 Inner Traditions Audio. All Rights Reserved.

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Great book!

I've met people and had a former co worker who tried DMT and over the years none of the
people that I met who Took DMT had ever met or knew each other and they all told me they met Aliens and talked to them. I was curious as to what a scientific. researcher found out and this book confirms it. you go to another dimension and talk to the aliens. real stuff. scientifically proven research as explained in this book. what a trip to find out what those people Told.me years ago is true.

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good book, not what I expected

this book is good and I enjoyed the subtle humor in some spots. however this wasn't what I expected the book to be, it was much more doctor talk and more about the process of doing experiments than I thought it would be. I did enjoy getting an inside scoop to the process and difficulties involved but I thought the book would be more focused on the experiences than the process. no worries tho, still a great book to listen to while I woodwork.

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A must!

This book is a must for any and all seekers of information regarding the seen, unseen and the line that can and should be blurred

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greatly expanded my view on psychedelics

the book goes in depth exploring the different realms accessed via DMT use and provides useful information for anyone curious about the psychedelic experience. it's also entertaining.

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Very fascinating!

If you are someone who is interested in psychedelics, I highly recommend giving this a listen. Extremely interesting stuff!

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Absolutely 💜 it!

I've recently began researching DMT, and had heard some good things about this book, when I first started listening to the young man speak, my first thought was that his almost robotic voice would most certainly put me to sleep 😴. However, I was so very wrong, after the first few procedural like steps to the research were underway I was hooked! I almost had sweaty palms listening to some of the participants experiences. I laughed a little, I even cried a little, it was an outstanding book! I can't wait to get into some of his other 📚 books💜💜💜

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I needed to know

Dr. S shared the good, the bad and the ugly. This guide through the detailed study was fascinating and I was on a roller-coaster of emotions the entire time. I can't say that I have come to any actionable conclusions other than to continue my education about psyodelics in general. This book was the first of many and I'm happy I started with clinical trial studies. Thank you for being brave enough to take the first step Dr. S!

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  • 10-22-22

Novel content but long and terrible narrator

I wish I had read this book 20 years ago. It might have really helped me. The content is groundbreaking, but the clinical procedures and narrator that kept mispronouncing words, were detractors.

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Very informative story

it's exactly what you want it to be :) very detailed and well written

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Loved it!

Everything from Rick's purposed theories to the personal patients testimonial accounts I found very fascinating and thought provoking. It all left me exploring ideas with a sense of wonder. This book is absolutely worthy of a listen!

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  • steven williams
  • 06-11-21

Interesting if you're interested in this stuff.

Really interesting if you're interested in psychedelic and psychological research, at a period in our history where psychedelic therapy is being reintroduced into the academic dialogue, Dr Rick Strassman explains his pioneering research into DMT.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-23-22

Enlightening

As someone who has taken DMT many times it was an eye opening journey into the science behind the chemical and interesting to hear of other peoples experiences while using DMT. Would Recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-13-22

Noice

Good book, bit text bookey in places but worth it and would recommend, from a more clinical point of view

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  • Richie
  • 02-23-22

Fanciful Title

I noticed two problems with statements in the earlier part of this book and as I progressed through it found myself zoning out more and more as I found it all rather tedious and repetitive.

1. He says that there was little interest or availability of psychedelics in Europe until the end of the 1800s. This is complete nonsense. Several types of psychedelic mushrooms grow all over Europe and a little research suggests their use may have been prevalent for thousands of years.

2. He suggests that DMT crossing the blood brain barrier is somehow significant. Many poisons do, there are no remarkable conclusions to be drawn from this.

And so, it seems to me that a lot of what he writes stems from wishful thinking and a subjective desire to attach sublime inferences where there aren’t any.

Insofar as I can tell his experiments simply involved making people somewhat deranged by altering their brain chemistry. Calling DMT “the soul molecule” is subjective fancy at best. One could perhaps use similar terminology to describe the Delerium Tremors caused by alcohol and hence refer to alcohol as “the soul beverage”, but that wouldn’t really make the whole experience spiritual in any profound and life changing way.

I listened to this after hearing Joe Rogan discuss it on his show. It sounded interesting but anything of merit was mentioned on the show and it could easily have been concluded in an hour rather than the 14 or so hours that the audiobook ran for.

There was little of interest here for me other than a fancy title and interesting cover. It bored my soul. It was a useful sleep aid all the same.

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  • Nicholas
  • 02-05-22

Absolutely Brilliant

A real honest overview of a DMT study. Very accurate descriptions of the experiences of participants.

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  • Alexandru O.
  • 09-30-21

Fantastic

A bit of over detailed part of how all this testing was put in place but nonetheless a very good description and trip reports.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-13-21

Waw!

This is a truly amazing book. Can not recommend enough. Even if u have no interest in psychedelics it’s an awesome read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-14-22

Amazing

Rick Strassman MD absolutely amazing work. It’s a shame that there is still so much controversy behind psychedelics. A great insight into DMT. I’ve done Ayahuasca a few times it is the best medicine for my chronic pain and severe depressive disorder.

What’s a damn shame is how many people during the 60s to now have lived difficult lives due to the ignorance of others who disagree with the use of psychedelics.

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  • Brendan Moore
  • 07-15-22

Awesome insight into clinical DMT

Found it extremely interesting an easy to listen an read along.
It was perfect at 1.2 play speed.

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