DMT: The Spirit Molecule

Synopsis: The Spirit Molecule investigates dimethyltryptamine (DMT), an endogenous psychoactive compound, which exists in humans and numerous species of plants and animals. The documentary traces Dr. Rick Strassman's government-sanctioned, human DMT research and its many trials, tribulations, and inconceivable realizations. A closer examination of DMT's effects through the lens of two traditionally opposed concepts, science and spirituality, The Spirit Molecule explores the connections between cutting-edge neuroscience, quantum physics, and human spirituality. Strassman's research, and the experiences of the human test subjects before, during, and after the intense clinical trials, raises many intriguing questions. A variety of experts voice their unique thoughts and experiences with DMT within their respective fields. As Strassman's story unfolds, the contributors weigh in on his remarkable theories, including the synthesis of DMT in our brain's pineal gland, its link to near-death & alien-abdu
75 min

I saw this city in the deep deep distance, it was dark green

and there were many lights flickering and clouds flowing over it.

And all this started after a tremendous geometric patterns

that are incredibly rapid that

You cannot it describe it to anybody, they are so fast

After this slown down I saw this city in the deep distance.

So I was sort of watching that and then that ball of light got right pass me, right in front of me, like

"What was that?" It didn't scare me except it was so close.

After that I started looking around and it's like you're in this place

and you're going "Why am I in this place?"

and then I noticed there is this woman off to my right with a real long nose, green skin

she was turning this dial and I realized she was turning the volume of lights up and down

on the city in the distance.

And as soon as I looked at her she noticed I was watching her and she said

"What else do you want?" I said, "What else do you have?"

"The Spirit Molecule"

This is the story of "DMT" or dimethyltryptamine.

A simple compound found throghout nature which has

profound effects on human consciousness.

One of the things besides what it does, one of things about DMT that

that always fascinated me was the fact that it is such a simple molecule.

DMT stands for Dimethyltryptamine. N-N-dimethyltryptamine.

If actually you look at the ring structure of DMT itself

will only have really four positions you can attach things to.

So, you can make diethyl, dipropyl, there are some other types of carbon change you can attach to that end

that do give you compounds that have activity, but very different from DMT.

Biosynthetically it's two steps from tryptophan. Right.

Two trivial enzymatic steps from tryptophan.

Well, tryptophan is an amino acid and it's everywhere.

So all organisms have tryptophan and all organisms have the two key enzymes that lead to synthesis of DM

and these enzymes are very ancient enzymes, the're all over the place, they are a gem part of basic metabolism.

So, theoretically, anything could synthesize DMT.

DMT is astonishingly widely available in plants and animals all around the world

but so far nobody knows why it's there! Or what its function is.

That is a 64 billion dollars question.

Why is DMT in our bodies? Why is it in plants, all sorts of mammals?

What is the role it plays in humans?

The conventional wisdom 30, 40 years ago was that

these things had no real function and they were just sort of

a physiological noise. That's a very naive understanding and

what we now understand is that these secondary compounds are,

in a sense, the language of plants.

These are 'messenger' molecules.

This is what plants use to mediate their relationships with other organisms in the environment.

Why is it that human beings' actual nervous systems

are wired to receive this experience?

Must be, that a, you know, there's important information to be learned.

So I don't think it's universally present in nature by accident.

It has a real function, we have co-evolved with these plants.

There is a purpose in it and a meaning to it.

So it really fits in with the notion, that DMT may be the common

molecular language.

Resonant language among all living beings on this planet

and maybe others as well.

I can't think of a more powerful tool

to explore the whole question of: What is consciousness?

These substances are tools that can be used

to expand awareness in all areas of life and

apply that expanded awareness for the betterment

of people's lifes, communities and families and all society.

The good news is that there is a growing number of westerners and

actually intellectuals, scientists, artists, movers and shakers, filmmakers and so on

who realize that this stuff is all too interesting

just to go on keeping it swept under the rug.

And meanwhile, the Inquisition was a long time ago

the birth of rationalism was a long time ago

At this point there is no good reason, apart from bad habit, to keep up these barriers.

With the help of two concepts, that are traditionally opposed:

Science and spirituality

we humbly re-introduce psychedelics back in to the cultural dialogue.

DMT - the spirit molecule, you know, it's a conundrum, it's a paradox.

The spirit is the inner world, the molecule is the external world.

So the psychedelics are entheogens, take us from the science to the spirit.

I was drown to the pineal gland, which is a very small organ

in the center of the brain, which has always been an object of interest

and even veneration for a lot of esoteric physiological disciplines.

I thought, you know, it wasn't totally crazy to presume a

pineal's sign of origin of DMT,

which, you know, fit in nicely with my theory that the pineal was somehow

involved in naturally accuring mystical states.

This hypothesis proposes that the pineal gland, in certain times, it's

under specific stress stimulation, it releases a significant amount of this hormone, DMT.

And that's that hormone that facilitates the entrying and exiting of the soul in the body.

This is what the Jewish sage mystics have been describing

in a coded language for literally thousands of years.

Through meditation, through fasting, chanting, any number of techniques

their might be a bourst of endogenous DM

that is correlated with mystical and near-death experiences .

I had this theory that there is a big similarity between psychedelics and

experiences that were possible with a lot of meditation.

And that was one of the original findings that led me to start looking for a "spirit molecule."

For a compound in the brain that released mystical experience.

I think there may be a role for DMT in explaining any number of

hallucinatory phenomena that man has experienced throughout his history.

Creativity, imagination, dream states,

changes that occur due to isolation,

trauma, starvation, all of which produce hallucinatory phenomena.

These hallucinatory phenomena are explainable

by the presence of compounds known to produce hallucinations.

And the only compounds we know are capable of doing this

are the class of compounds knows as hallucinogens.

When thinking about spiritual states,

I think endogenous hallucinogenic compounds and molecules

that the brain can potentially release

are probably very relevant to this topic because

on one hand, they may really help us to elucidate

what is the neuro-chemical mechanism of these experiences. I mean

if we can say that there is a release of endogenous opioids or we can say that there's a release

of dopamine or something like that

and we can measure that release and we can see where in the brain those different molecules go.

What receptors they activate or deactivate.

And hence we can learn really a lot more about what these experiences are

because it can really allow us to match up these experiences

that people have with hallucinogens

as well as understanding where are they related in the context of the brain's receptors

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