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DMT: The Spirit Molecule (2010)

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An investigation into the long-obscured mystery of dimethyltryptamine (DMT), a molecule found in nearly every living organism and considered the most potent psychedelic on Earth.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Himself - Host
Ralph Abraham ...
Himself - Mathematician
Joel Bakst ...
Himself - Rabbi
Steven Barker ...
Himself - Pharmacologist
Susan Blumenthal ...
Herself - DMT Volunteer, Writer
Erik Davis ...
Himself - Writer
Patricio Dominguez ...
Himself - DMT Volunteer, Shaman
Cynthia Geist ...
Herself - DMT Study Nurse
Neal Goldsmith ...
Himself - Psychologist
Alex Grey ...
Himself - Artist
Roland Griffiths ...
Himself - Behavioral Pharmocologist
Charles Grob ...
Himself - Psychiatrist
Graham Hancock ...
Himself - Writer
Kathleen Harrison ...
Herself - Ethnobotanist
James Kent ...
Himself - Writer


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 & ... Written by Mitch Schultz

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16 August 2014 | by (Okinawa, Japan) – See all my reviews

The Spirit Molecule was informative and entertaining introduction to DMT. My research on the pineal gland, which led to DMT, uncovered a flood of pseudoscience and nut-jobs. I keep an open mind, I but stop listening once the speaker ventures into the Illuminati and ancient aliens. No thank you, I'll watch X-files instead.

The documentary anchored itself in science then plunged into metaphysics. Half the panel were accredited professionals; the other half were artists, writers, and mystics. Surprisingly, the opposing sides complimented each other by providing an insight connected with their expertise. Besides introducing DMT, the documentary addresses the role of psychedelics in ancient and contemporary life.

Now for the problems: 1) Though Joe Rogen is a funny guy, his role as the host lowered the overall credibility almost to a mocking level.

2) The speedy cuts between interviewees and visual effects was very distracting. Many times I stopped listening to speaker because the psychedelic visuals kept distracting me. Also the trippy soundtrack, which was neat at first, was overdone. A good director would have sensed when artistic team was going too far.

I enjoyed this documentary and recommend it to anyone with an interest in science and metaphysics.

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