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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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Ralph Abraham ...
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Joel Bakst ...
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Steven Barker ...
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Susan Blumenthal ...
Herself - DMT Volunteer, Writer
Erik Davis ...
Himself - Writer
Patricio Dominguez ...
Himself - DMT Volunteer, Shaman
Cynthia Geist ...
Herself - DMT Study Nurse
Neal Goldsmith ...
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Alex Grey ...
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Roland Griffiths ...
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Charles Grob ...
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James Kent ...
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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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Turka Lila
written by MJ Greenmountain & Nikila Badua
performed by Hamsa Lila
Cabra Music (BMI) / In The Pocket Songs (BMI)
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The molecule of life?
25 August 2016 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

Perhaps stating it may be the molecule of life is a bit of a stretch - however, the accounts of people who have taken DMT provide something hard to dismiss.

Reading a few of the other reviews of this documentary shocks me. Some state that it is complete nonsense, adding it is unscientific and panders to wishful thinking. While the stories seem like something you'd find in a science-fiction movie, (and the visuals certainly don't make that point any less valid!) those comments go against the entire point of the film. Although I do not think these experiences are spiritual in the religious sense, the effect it has on the brain is too profound to ignore. I can almost compare it to marijuana: Some people ascribe its effects to a higher form of consciousness and healing, while others demonize it as unhealthy and corruptive to the mind. DMT and marijuana are, of course, in completely different categories, but their properties add a different dimension to reality. There is no longer an excuse for us to put a barrier between us and what is found in nature. The documentary does not state that drugs are inherently good for you, but that research should provide answers to what extent that may be the case.

I will respectfully disagree with other reviewers of this documentary and say it is definitely for the scientific-minded. As with everything, don't believe everything you see. Investigate for yourself - that is, after all what the scientific method is about.


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