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"This is probably the most thorough book on the psychedelic, DMT--its history, chemistry, uses (legal and illegal), and its effects. This is a very compelling, thoughtful book, written by a scrupulous scientist with the soul of a meditator." (The Book Reader, Spring/Summer 2002)

"The account of the project is an excellent inside view of human drug studies, especially those with psychedelics." (Paul Von Ward, The AHP Perspective, June/July 2002)

"This book is a highly readable, intriguing, provocative description of Rick Strassman's theories and research concerning the effects of DMT." (Alissa Hirshfeld-Flores, M.A., LMFT, The American Journal of Psychiatry, August 2002)

"Rick Strassman's experimentation with the psychoactive substance DMT is taking up where Leary's 1950/60's LSD experiments stopped." (Rev. Dr. S. D'Montford, New Dawn, Jan-Feb 2006)

"[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, The Scientific and Medical Network, Summer 2007)

"Near-death experiences. Alien abductions. Lucid dreams. Even gods and goddesses. Try DMT for an explanation and it all holds together. It's brain chemistry. It's neuropharmacology. It's quite possibly other realms. Whatever it is, it's the new frontier, a closer examination of consciousness, and it's very, very exciting!" (, Dec 2008)

"[Strassman] is a gifted writer and makes scientific jargon easy to read. The book gives very interesting examples of what the volunteers envisioned and how they felt throughout the experiences. . . . It is important for us as a society to look at legal, controlled, and supervised experimentation with psychoactive drugs with open minds, and with eventual scientific benefit in mind." (Levi Cox, FLC Law and Society Science & Metaphysics Blog, Feb 2009)

"Fascinating stuff! If this kind of thing interests you then pick up this book today." (Loretta Nall, blog by former Alabama Gubernatorial Candidate, June 2009)

"In the end, I felt the most important element of the book was the contextualization of the questions most important in psychedelic research. Strassman keenly recognizes and extrapolates the areas that appear to be most vital in the further study and theory of psychedelics." (The Psychedelic Press UK, Sept 2009)

"Strassman's important research contributes to a growing awareness that we inhabit a multi-dimensional universe." (John Mack, MD Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, author of Abduction and Passport to t)

“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, 2002)

“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 toward a physiological basis for spirit and its interaction with the human body; his data suggests 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, Editor, Journal of Near-Death Studies)

"Fascinating and provocative. A remarkable exploration of the boundaries of science and consciousness itself." (Rupert Sheldrake, author of The Presence of the Past)

"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, M.D., author of Spontaneous Healing)

"This book is essential reading for anyone with an interest in the mind, philosophy, the nature of reality, and spirituality." (Karl Jansen, M.D., Ph.D.)

"DMT: The Spirit Molecule points the way beyond the present impasse of the reigning 'drug abuse' paradigm." (Jonathan Ott, author of The Age of Entheogens and Hallucinogenic Plants of North America)

"The most extensive scientific study of the mental and perceptual effects of a psychedelic drug since the 1960s." (Ralph Metzner, Ph.D., 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, and Healing Words; Executive Editor, Alternative Th)

"DMT: The Spirit Molecule is a fascinating journey into the research of psychedelics. . . . The questions and possible explanations about the endogenous presence of DMT that he raises not only enlarge the discussion about psychedelics but also expand our understanding of the nature of consciousness." (Jule Klotter, Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients - July, 2001)

"This book will be of profound interest to . . . anyone with a deep interest in the study of consciousness, visionary states and/or psycho-pharmacology." (J. P. Harpignies, Lapis)

"Strassman's psychonauts regularly found themselves hurtled into alien laboratories, high-tech nurseries, and Day-Glo hieroglyphic hypercubes." (Erik Davis, The Village Voice)

"DMT: the Spirit Molecule is an enriching journey into one scientist's courageous attempt to solve a bit more of the brain/mind/spirit mystery at the center of human existence." (Vicki Ecker, UFO Magazine, December-January 2002)

"What you will find is a thoughtful, well-written report about another of life's mysteries." (James Dekorne, Fortean Times, November 2001)

"Strassman's research was an important step, one that will potentially illuminate the path for future researchers and volunteers alike, and this book is a great contribution to the ongoing dialogue surrounding psychedelics." (Scotto, Trip, Fall 2001)

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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.

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What most people would want to read about in this book are the actual sessions. But this starts only in part IV and constitutes less than one third of the book: 112 pages out of 345. The sessions are part of the main narrative and the rest of the book deals with the context in which those sessions took place. The entire first half of the book describes in excruciating details the way the experiments were conducted and all the difficulties the author met before he could realize his dream of conducting a clinical research that would be approved by the DEA and be adequately funded.

While reading this extraordinary book I could sense a feeling of mounting exasperation and disappointment. I am not sure if this originated in me or was being transferred by the author. It might actually be a combination of both. For it seems we both had the same expectations in terms of what DMT could do for spiritual development. This was actually the main reason why I purchased this book in the first place. I wanted to read about the spiritual experiences that various subjects might have had under the influence of DMT. If you share this interest you might ultimately be disappointed like I was, and apparently like Strassman was himself after discovering that the intense experiences of DMT had often only short term effects.

I believe the difficulty might have something to do with the variety of subjects that were selected for this project. My impression, and this is only an impression for I have no direct experience with DMT, is that in order to achieve accelerated spiritual development with DMT one might need to be highly spiritual to begin with. When I write this I have in mind Alex Grey for example who has experienced DMT extensively and has put it to good use in his highly spiritual paintings.
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Même s'il s'agit là d'une approche assez spéciale (je veux dire par là hors cadre ritualisé, comme c'est normalement le cas dans ce genre d'expériences "mystiques") le bouquin nous en apprend pas mal sur les difficultés qui peuvent apparaître sur le chemin d'un chercheur "classique"... Strassman se retrouve confronté à ses propres limites, et cela seul vaut déjà la lecture. Un bon complément aux livres de John Mack (Abduction) mais aussi aux livres de Terence et Dennis Mckenna, ou à "Supernatural" de Hancock!! A ne pas manquer, car unique en son genre... Même si l'on aurait aimé que cela aille beaucoup plus loin!!
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Livre qui se lit très facilement, car ce n'est pas un compte rendu exact de résultats scientifiques, mais plutôt de ressentis de l'auteur et de ses sujets. On en apprend aussi sur l'histoire des psychédéliques, le pourquoi des recherches et aussi de leur arrêt parfois brutal.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I also highly recommend this book for those interested in trying to understand ... 22 août 2016
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A phenomenal book describing the clinical research into the safety and pharmacological activity of one of the brain's critical molecules, DMT (N,N dimethyl tryptamine), when administered to human volunteers. Dr. Strassman gives the reader an insider's view of the process by which a clinical research proposal is developed, reviewed and approved by a research hospital's ethics and research boards and a physician sponsored Investigational New Drug (IND) application is filed, negotiated and (hopefully) finally approved by the FDA. This book is a valuable record of the determination of sub- and clinically hallucinogenic doses of the molecule, as well as the effects of the "Spirit Molecule" on the volunteers' psyche and physiology after intravenous administration.

I also highly recommend this book for those interested in trying to understand the inner workings of the brain and how our personal realities are formed.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 DMT: A real trip 22 octobre 2004
Par David J. Kreiter - Publié sur
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Rich Stassman's account of his ground-breaking research program with the psychedelic drug DMT is more than a scientific chronicle. His tale of the rigors of such an extraordinary undertaking, from the years he spent gaining permission for the study, getting access to the drug, and carrying out the experiments with human subjects, is suspenseful to the end.

DMT or di-methyl-trptamine is produced by many organisms and is found abundantly in plants and animal tissue. In humans it is believed that it is produced in the tiny pineal gland, which is situated deep within the brain. Its location in the brain corresponds with Eastern Ayurvedic traditions of the highest "chakra". In reptiles, the pineal is a light sensitive organ, and though this function has been lost in humans, it has been referred to as the "third eye". Descartes called it the "seat of the soul", and in modern times it has been a focal point of consciousness research.

Though the academic purpose for the research at the University of New Mexico from 1990 to 1995 was to find the purpose and function of "endogenous" (produced in the body) DMT, as well as its relationship to psychosis, it was Strassman's emersion in the teaching of Buddhism that was his inspiration throughout. Ironically, the findings of his research undermined many of his beliefs and left him alienated from the Buddhist community.

Many of his research subjects were experienced psychedelic users, but they were unprepared for the intensity of DMT. One volunteer described his acute ten minute voyage into another dimension as being hit by a "nuclear cannon." While LSD allows the user a self-guided trip, the DMT experience has its own agenda, stripping the subject of any goals, expectations, and ego. As Stassman said, "DMT as the true spirit molecule, gave the volunteers the trip they needed, rather than the trip they wanted."

But it wasn't only the volunteers of the experiments that were shocked. Strassman was completely unprepared for his subjects' reports of contact with alien beings, reptiles, and other strange entities. In other cases, they described out-of-body experiences, going through tunnels of light, and meeting relatives, spirits, and angels. Strassman soon realized that these reports were very similar to the modern cultural phenomena of alien abductions and near death experiences (NDE)--neither of which were familiar to him prior to his research project.

He theorized that these two phenomena might be caused by excess releases of endogenous DMT from the pineal gland under conditons of stess, such as child birth or severe trauma, causing an NDE. Similarly, a close cousin of DMT, namely melatonin and perhaps DMT itself, is released during the nighttime hours. This, Strassman thought, could give rise to the alien abduction experience, which most often happens in the early morning hours.

Near death experiences have often been used to support religious teachings. Perhaps the reverse should be considered. Religion was invented to explain the strange phenomena experienced due to an excess release of DMT in the body.

Because of the intense reality of the DMT experience, and the volunteers' rejection of psychological, or biological explanations for their journey, Strassman was forced to consider an even more intriguing explanation. Perhaps, DMT does not cause hallucinogenic experiences, but rather, allows our brain to sense different forms of existing reality. The information we receive from the world is limited by our five senses. It is possible that DMT allows us to sense other dimensions and other realities.

In the end the rigors and stresses of the study took a huge toll on Strassman costing him his job and alienation from the Buddhist communtiy. Even though many of the monks, had entered the monistary as a result of the influence of LSD use, their rise to elected power left them unable to support Strassman's research. AS Strassman stated, "Holiness won out over truth."

Rich Strassman's writing style makes this book extremely readable, and the DMT subjects' reports and anecdotal stories make the book difficult to put down. This book warrants a "5 star" rating. I highly recommend DMT the Spirit Molecule.

This review by David Kreiter, Author of "Quantum Reality: A New Philosophical Perspective."
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting Scientific Story 24 décembre 2003
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pretty interesting account of reviving scientific research into
consciousness after having been repressed for 20 years - especially as the author is a long-time zen
For me, the most interesting parts of the book were the background discussions of the pineal gland's function and biology. I also enjoyed the book's scientific biography
aspects, those who like that genre will enjoy this book.
I found it interesting that, given all the DMT drug experience anecdotes, there were
no zen experience anecdotes in the book. He is quite reticent about
his own meditation 'experiences', or even of the value of zen practice
for himself, personally. Which is perhaps understandable, but if he was going to discuss his own personal religion at all, I wished he had addressed that aspect, even briefly, at least.
There is an interesting story of how zen as an institution reacted against
his medical researches with DMT and formally 'denounced' him in a way,
especially after he published an article in Tricycle in 1996. It is a
textbook case, perhaps, of Jung's dictum that 'Religion is a defense against
the religious experience'. Even though, as he points out, many of the senior
officials in the zen hierarchy were psychedelic veterans, having been
inspired to enter zen practice via psychedelics.
But, on the whole, there is not much enlightening in this book when
it comes to religion, it seems to me. The 'experiences' I have read so
far seem to be in the 'wow, man, far out' variety, and dont illuminate
any Dharma teaching. e.g. an account of being raped anally by crocodiles,
Also, it was kind of surprising there is no mention of kundalini
as far as I can see, even though he discusses chakras and makes
the connection of the pineal to the crown chakra. Apparently, DMT
does not stimulate kundalini, which is kind of interesting in itself.
The most interesting part of the book for me is that he actually
takes the Many-Worlds physical viewpoint seriously as an
explanation of the repeated emphasis on the volunteers denying
they had an illusory 'experience', and insist on its actual reality.
Strassman even contacted physicist David Deutsch and recounts some
exchanges with him discussing these ideas.
All in all, a stimulating book, and a worthy companion to TIHKAL, PIHKAL and
'Acid Dreams', and 'Storming Heaven', and 'Nothing on My Mind',
and 'Science Synchronicity and Soul-Making', and 'Dancing
Naked in the Mind-Field'
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The description sounded interesting plus I read a news article on DMT but for my science challenged brain, it was too much. Interesting theory but not sure if I buy into the concept.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Good but keep an open mind when you read this; 9 janvier 2009
Par googarman - Publié sur
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In it Strassman remains vague on what he personally believes; are the trips induced by DMT real or simply a construct of the mind? He does this deliberately so that he can appeal both to the scientist and the spiritualist (or some other more proper dualist label). He does well to provide arguements for and against this, but when he proposes his strictly scientific explanations, one gets the impression that Strassman is argueing science over religeon merely to maintain his reputation as a scientist. One starts to taste a hint of 'peer pressure to conform' in his writing.

Toward the later stage of the book Strassman's real feelings come out, at which point you discover that he is more of a spiritualist than he lets on. At a later stage also he describes how his research had to end because of opposition from various religious leaders, such as his Buddhist ex-friends. He describes the argument entirely and continues to plead his case, even after the reader gets the impression that he is clearly wrong. He does make some good points and even highlights some hypocrisy from the Buddhists, but he doesn't get the whole picture. One gets the impression that he is boasting more knowledge of Buddhist, Tantric and Taoist practices than he really has, perhaps to strengthen his argument.

In the early stages of the book he attempts to describe the potential method of natural DMT release from the pineal gland following various Tantric meditation practices. His arguments are extremely weak and should not have even been attempted. I agree with his theory of DMT; it is his explanations that I fear are weak.

After reading the book I made up my mind that there is more to it, than simply injecting DMT into the veins. In the book Strassman reports the account of a shaman, who described the experience as extremely intense, the most intense of all, BUT, the experience was somehow hollow; there was something missing. I believe that when mystical experiences occur naturally, there is something more involved than merely DMT. Thus, injecting DMT might not be the way to achieve its so called therapeutic effects. Perhaps there is another chemical involved that works synergistically with DMT. Perhaps the DMT injection utilizes the brain's natural stores of this chemical, subsequently preventing further experiences in the laboratory from being whole. Alternatively, from a religious perspective, perhaps mystical experiences utilize both DMT and the body's natural stores of prana (chi or psychic energy). When DMT is injected in the laboratory the experience occurs independent of prana or utilizes prana, thus preventing further experiences in the laboratory from being whole, or REAL; just a mere construct of the mind, or an experience that is too far from our own dimension for it to be applicable anywhere, now.

The book is a good place to find out about or get a heads up on psychedelic research. Strassman gets three stars, but loses two for being vague, a conformist to peer pressure (gutless) and for being less informed/knowledgeable about his research than I expected. The book is otherwise a very good read.
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