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The Spirit Molecule explores the enigmatic dimethyltryptamine (DMT), a molecule found throughout nature, and considered one of the most potent psychedelics. In 1995, Dr. Rick Strassman completed the first government-sanctioned, psychedelic research on DMT. Based on his book by the same title, here is the story.

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In 1990, Dr. Rick Strassman began the first new human research with psychedelic drugs in the United States in over 20 years. These studies investigated the effects of N,N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT), an extremely short-acting and powerful psychedelic. During the project’s five years, he administered approximately 400 doses of DMT to 60 human volunteers. The research took place at the University of New Mexico’s School of Medicine in Albuquerque,.


DMT: The Spirit Molecule traces the DMT research project from its intimations through a maze of committees to its actual performance.



After over 40 years of dormancy, a new psychedelic revolution has emerged. At the nexus of this next-generation mystical revival, lies a molecule naturally produced abundantly throughout the plant and animal kingdoms, including humans. Regarded as the world's most potent psychoactive compound by scientists and psychedelic explorers alike, Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) seems to be shifting the consciousness paradigm.

In the early 1990s, Dr. Rick Strassman conducted the first government-sanctioned, human psychedelic research with DMT.

Strassman's research serves as the narrative backbone for The Spirit Molecule. The film presents an intriguing discourse on the science of the soul, and will undoubtedly open Pandora's box. By challenging current misconceptions about this class of compounds, the documentary unravels fascinating parallels in neurology, quantum physics and human spirituality.

In stylized scenes reminiscent of Rod Sterling's Twilight Zone bookends, Joe Rogan, alongside a collection of accomplished minds and several of Strassman's own psychonauts, shepherds the audience through the great unknowns of the DMT experience... revealing the molecule's ubiquitous nature, its role in culture, evolution and life itself.

Could Dimethyltryptamine, a simple molecule with a complex name, hold the key to understanding reality, consciousness and our relationship to both? Many who have experienced DMT profess this, and much more.

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