• DMT: The Spirit Molecule

  • A Doctor's Revolutionary Research into the Biology of Near-Death and Mystical Experiences
  • By: Rick Strassman
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 30-03-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.6 (119 ratings)


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 René 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 so-called 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.
©2000 Rick J. Strassman, M.D. (P)2011 Tantor
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"Fascinating and provocative. A remarkable exploration of the boundaries of science and consciousness itself." (Rupert Sheldrake, author of The Presence of the Past)
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5 out of 5 stars
By LJLC on 02-01-12

Open your mind!

Whilst the first half of this audio was a little technical and dry, the sound basis for the trials and research described become necessary to understand the book.
An outstanding and brave work, which describes and theorises on altered states, and demands the readers open minded thought.
Strange though, that no comparisons to Robert Munroes "Journeys out of the body" were included. Some of the descriptions and conclusions came rather close to it, I felt.
An excellent audio book for the Psychonaut or the curious.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Mrs. K. M. Fitzgerald on 13-04-13

Scientific and spiritual

I chose this book based on my interest in reincarnation and out of body experiences, so I found the start of the text frustrating, with its emphasis on scientific methodology related to the experiments. It was certainly interesting and enjoyable to listen to, with a variety of fascinating reports of the experiences of the participants in the DMT study and hypotheses by Strassman about what these experiences could mean. The reflections on a variety of hallucinogenic drugs and narration about the frustrations by the writer with gaining permission to run the study were of less interest to me, but it was worthwhile to find out about these alongside the possible experiences beyond this life and state of being.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Diana on 18-02-15

Scientific study induced Consciousness experience

I'd been wanting to listen to this book, but so many of the Consciousness study books bog me down with physics, philosophy, or science and I have quite a few that I am having to go back to again and again and still haven't finished because I either can't comprehend them or they are eye-glazers.

Thankfully, DMT The Spirit Molecule is written in an easy-to-understand narrative style. Of course, like many of the "left-brain" MD or PhD authors, the first few hours of the audio book are spent laying out a scientific and educational foundation on the topic to be covered. Defining terms, giving the history, and current state of things . . . then getting to what happened in their own work.

As with other books I've read by researchers, there is a lot of bureaucracy and some politics involved with studies done in areas at the edge of the accepted norm, and it is amazing any meaningful research ever gets done to push the "cutting-edge" out further. The frustration translated to me, the reader/listener. And, it is a similar theme to Candace Pert's book Molecules of Emotion, another book called The Big Fat Surprise by Nina Teicholz, and Science Set Free by Rupert Sheldrake.

The experiences the DMT injected volunteers related upon "return" were interesting. I had heard descriptions before of some of the entities, but never of "spider people" - yet the day after I finished the book I saw a photograph of some ancient rock art and there was one of the entity types I had previously heard of, and which were mentioned in this book, AND there were some drawings of entities that could be called spider people.

The narrator made this book easy to listen to. And the writing was great, with a human touch and interesting personal reflections. Unlike some of the other scientifically-written Consciousness-related books I've bought I was able to finish this in 2 days, because the writing is so interesting and understandable, while other books have languished for months.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Evan on 16-02-12

A must-have for anyone interested in anything.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I recommend this book to anyone I think might read it. Powerful imagery, touching stories, and valuable knowledge of the history of psychedelic drugs are just the beginning.

What other book might you compare DMT: The Spirit Molecule to and why?

This book does not compare well to other works of literature. It has the somewhat dry, detailed explanation of procedures from Dr. Strassman himself, while at the same time encompassing a vast array of well worded vision and meaningful storyline.

What does Arthur Morey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Arthur Morey is fantastic. I have owned hard copies of this book before, and I absolutely prefer to hear it read by Mr. Morey than to read it myself.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

If I were the director of a film based upon the notes contained in this book, the title would assuredly be

Any additional comments?

Check it out. This book will give you a broader sense of not only drugs, psychology, the brain, religion, society, etc. But will give you a deeper understanding (or questioning) of reality in general, and how we perceive it.

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