If you are interested in the chemistry of the mind, this book is for
you. 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. Adventurous reading!
----Andrew T. Weil, MD, University of Arizona Medical School,
author of Spontaneous Healing, and The Natural Mind.
Fascinating and provocative. A remarkable exploration of the
boundaries of science and consciousness itself.
----Rupert Sheldrake, PhD, author of A New Science of Life,
and Dogs That Know When Their Owners are Coming Home
DMT: The Spirit Molecule is an inside look at the medical
research surrounding the psychedelic drug DMT, dimethyltryptamine,
by a respected researcher, Dr. Rick Strassman. This gripping account
explodes the stereotypical idea that many people have about
psychedelics, and reveals the social and political forces that have
influenced this research. Strassman raises vital questions about the
origin of spiritual experiences and the nature of consciousness.
Anyone seeking to understand the relationship between mind and body
must come to terms with this fascinating account.
----Larry Dossey MD, Author of Reinventing Medicine,
and Healing Words; Executive Editor, Alternative Therapies
in Health and Medicine.
Dr. Strassman is a research psychiatrist who has completed the
most extensive scientific study of the mental and perceptual effects
of a psychedelic drug since the 1960s. His book provides fascinating
insight into the world of psychiatric research as it seeks to
understand these most mysterious substances and their profound
effects on human consciousness. Strassman's approach is both
cautious and balanced, in evaluating the positive potentials and the
possible pitfalls of these substances.
----Ralph Metzner, PhD, author of Ayahuasca--Consciousness
and the Spirits of Nature
This book is essential reading for anyone with an interest in the
mind, philosophy, the nature of reality, and spirituality. The
world's foremost expert on DMT has created a masterpiece of the
genre, as he brilliantly leads the reader through a series of
startling revelations about the nature of the Universe, as revealed
behind the doorway once DMT turned the key.
----Karl L. R. Jansen, MD, PhD, MRCPsych; South London and
Maudsley NHS Trust, London.
Strassman's important research contributes to a growing awareness
that we inhabit a multi-dimensional universe that is far more
complex and interesting than the one that our scientific theories
have shown us. It is of the utmost importance that we face the
implications of this discovery, for it has so much to tell us about
who we are and why we are here.
----John Mack, MD Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical
School, author of Abduction, and Passport to the Cosmos.
DMT: The Spirit Molecule is a dazzling journey through
psychedelic drug experimentation, and a tantalizing peek into a new
model of how the brain and mind work. Strassman's research points
towards a physiological basis for spirit, and its interaction with
the human body; his data suggest that our brain chemistry allows us
access to other realms of existence just when we need it most; and
his story recounts both the dangers and promises of entering this
brave new world.
----Bruce Greyson, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, University of
Virginia, editor of Journal of Near-Death Studies
DMT: The Spirit Molecule points the way beyond the present
impasse of the reigning "drug-abuse" paradigm. It is
shocking how little basic human pharmacological data we have on
proscribed drugs, contrasting with impressive detail in various
animals. Some scientists disdain the "subjectivity" of
human research, but our interest remains, after all, the subjective
human experience of inebriation, to which no animal-model can speak
clearly nor appositely. The cruelty visited upon animals in
"coke-cages" tells us nothing about complex and variable
human relationships with inebriants. The Spirit Molecule, on
the other hand, tells us much. We indeed owe a debt of gratitude to
Strassman for persevering in the face of bureaucratic obstacles, to
conduct important human research into the human pharmacology of DMT,
and here elucidating it for the general public, in both scientific
and humanistic terms.
----Jonathan Ott, author of Hallucinogenic Plants of North
America, and Pharmacotheon: Entheogenic Drugs, Their Plants
Sources and History
Review from The Village Voice
June 1, 2001, Reviewer: Erik Davis
As the first researcher in decades authorized to give humans
psychedelics, Strassman has an interesting story to
tell....Technically, he was studying the drug's physical effects,
but what really drove him was his hunch that DMT was "the
spirit molecule": the biological basis for near-death
experiences and mystical states of consciousness.
Customer Review from Amazon.com
(5 Stars) Pries the lid off the coffin of human psychedelic
March 25, 2001, Reviewer: Cathie Leavitt from Nevada City, CA
Detailed, very accessible description of Strassman's studies of the
effects of intravenously administered DMT in human volunteers in a
clinical setting. He describes his research protocols, his struggle
to obtain government approval, and the volunteers' reports of their
DMT experiences, with clarity and compassion. The book raises
questions about the nature and purpose of mystical experiences, the
similarity between externally induced experiences of death and
rebirth, alien contact, and spiritual enlightenment and naturally
occurring experiences, and the role of DMT (which occurs naturally
in the body) in these types of experiences. Strassman discusses the
limitations of the biomedical model in understanding these
experiences, as well as the risks and benefits of using DMT as a
research tool. Open-minded scientists, those on a spiritual path,
therapists, and dedicated "psychonauts" will find much to
ponder in this book. It enlarges the scope of rational discussion
about psychedelics, and goes a long way toward dispelling the fear,
ignorance, and stigma that have hampered psychedelic research for
the last 30 years. The addition of an index would have been helpful,
but other than that this book exceeded my expectations and deepened
my sense of wonder about the nature of consciousness and the spirit.
Customer Review from Amazon.com
(5 Stars) A Bold Study of Chemicals and Consciousness,,
March 25, 2001, Reviewer: well-travelled from your Inner
Dr. Strassman describes his research with dimethyltryptamine (DMT),
a very powerful psychedelic drug that can produce very profound
experiences that go beyond the explanations of our current
scientific model. In this bold treatise he explains how this simple
chemical induces mystical states that were previously reserved for
religion and the occult. Not since Robert Monroe and his Institute's
"Hemi-Sync" sound technology have I seen such potential to
facilitate such events.
I was relieved to read that this Doctor of Psychiatry didn't
reduce these extraordinary experiences of the volunteers down to
creative imaginations, and I was impressed with his mature methods
of studying a psychedelic drug. This isn't Timothy Leary tuning us
in so that we can drop out. This is a scientist who is sincerely
searching for something that can enhance our lives in areas such as
creativity, therapy, and spirituality.
Dr. Strassman has a good grasp of our culture's perceptions about
drugs and he not only discards the militaristic attitude against
drug use, but also the naive acceptance that they are always
beneficial. His clear insights allow this book to have a wide appeal
to a mature audience. Hopefully, as he states, this research will at
least be the start of more open discussions of practical
applications of psychedelics.
Customer Review from Amazon.com
(5 Stars) More than interesting, rattling!!!,,
March 15, 2001, Reviewer: Simon Ypperciel from Québec
This book is very well written, no scientific blah blah masturbating
on their intelligence. The explanation of the research on DMT is
honest and leads to some very elemental questions and the great
vulgarization lets the curious lay psychonaut into the reflection.
Fantastic, merci beaucoup.
Review from Plastic.com
March 4, 2001, Reviewer: Joey Plastic
If [the recent] "60 Minutes" interview with Dr. Andrew
Weil on the antihistamine effects of his LSD experiences left you
unmoved, you might want to tune in to [the] archived radio
conversation between professional nutjob Whitley Strieber and Rick
Strassman, M.D., a dramatically more credible professional who is
currently burdened with the unenviable task of explaining some
Review from Magellan's Log: The Internet Magazine of Culture,
Counterculture, and Anticulture (Volume 32)
March 2001, Reviewer: Ceci Lumley
After a couple of decades of denial, even the managers of the
anti-drug war began to realize that they needed to know more about
their enemies. In the early 1990s, a lone doctor, working in
Albuquerque, broke the barrier. He managed to obtain government
funding for a study of one of the drugs: DMT, di-methyl-tryptamine.
It was the first legal study of a psychedelic in 30 years. Rick
Strassman, M.D. and psychiatrist, administered DMT to some 60 people
in a carefully controlled clinical setting. Using the best
scientific protocols, he set parameters and record responses. He
wrote a book about what happened: DMT: The Spirit Molecule.
Not all was sweetness and light in the year-long project. The
setting—a hospital room, as Strassman was aware, was difficult,
not especially conducive to metaphysical breakthroughs. But
Strassman and his co-workers were sensitive to that and other
problems as well. Not every subject responded well to DMT. There
were a few bad trips. But on the whole, one senses that Strassman
set up and ran a pioneering research project under challenging
conditions with a great deal of humane insight. Click link
for entire review.
Customer Review from Barnes & Noble.com
February 20, 2001, Reviewer: Stephanie Queen, author of
"Fragmented Recollections," from Port Angeles WA, USA.
A compelling and harrowing account into the alien abduction
experience, spirituality and schizophrenia. A must read for anyone
that wants to know more about how the mind ticks, and the role that
DMT plays in our lives.
Customer Review from Amazon.com
(5 Stars) a chemical looking glass to the other side,
February 9, 2001, Reviewer: lawre from tucson az.
This book expounds on various theories and experiences with the
exciting compound DMT. Unlike McKenna, et. al., the hard science is
here, giving witness to the prophets like McKenna. A MUST READ FOR
ANYONE INTERESTED IN SPIRITUALITY, NEAR DEATH /DEATH EXPERIENCES,
DREAMS, VISIONS, AND THE CREATOR-FORCE. A keystone work in the
exploration of all phases of consciousness. One of my top ten
all-time favorite works on the field of conscious existence.
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