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DMT: The Spirit Molecule -- THE SPIRIT MOLECULE investigates dimethyltryptamine (DMT), a naturally occurring 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, leading to the study’s potential impact through its inconceivable realizations.  A closer examination of DMT’s effects through the lens of traditionally opposed concepts, science and spirituality, THE SPIRIT MOLECULE unravels the connections between cutting-edge neuroscience, quantum mechanics and human spirituality.  
As Dr. Strassman’s story unfolds, a variety of experts weigh-in on the intriguing questions raised by the research and the resulting theories, including the synthesis of DMT in our brain’s pineal gland, its link to near-death & alien-abduction experiences, similarities to the "many-worlds" interpretation of quantum theory and the uncanny likeness to ancient religious texts describing prophets with DMT-like experiences.  The experts offer a comprehensive collection of information, opinions, and speculation to contextualize the nature of the DMT experience, and its role in human culture and the life force of our planet. 
Due to the profound nature, and visual phantasmagoria, of the DMT experience, the visual landscape of the film features stunning visualizations from Scott Draves (Electric Sheep), cutting-edge motion graphics that demonstrate DMT’s conceptual link to human evolution and construction of the universe.  Additionally, stylized scenes reminiscent of Rod Sterling’s Twilight Zone bookends, Joe Rogan (actor/comedian) serves as tour guide, navigating the expansive realms of Dr. Strassman’s DMT universe. 
The Spirit Molecule, a simple molecule with enormous implications.  The subtle combination of science, spirituality, and philosophy results in an abundance of incredible ideas and theories that could alter the way we understand the nature of reality and our relationship to it.


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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Joe Rogan ... 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
Dennis J. McKenna ... Himself - Ethnopharmocologist
Terence McKenna ... Himself - Writer & Cultural Commentator (archive footage)
Ralph Metzner ... Himself - Psychologist
Christian Meuli ... Himself - DMT Volunteer, Family Physician
Jeremy Narby ... Himself - Anthropologist
Andrew Newberg ... Himself - Radiologist
David Nichols ... Himself - Medicinal Chemist
Daniel Pinchbeck ... Himself - Writer
Douglas Rushkoff ... Himself - Writer
Spiros Antonopoulos ... Himself - DMT Volunteer, Yoga Student
Leanna Standish ... Herself - Naturopathic Physician
Andrew Stone ... Himself - DMT Volunteer, Software Developer
Rick Strassman ... Himself - Psychiatrist
Robert Weisz ... Himself - DMT Volunteer, Clinical Psychiatrist
Ricardo Amaringo ... Himself
Alvin Joseph ... Himself
Jon Levin ... Himself
Aja Loux ... Herself
José Pineda Vargas ... Himself
Jordan Phillips ... Herself
Jose Plaza ... Himself
Mitch Schultz ... Himself
Rob Velez ... Himself
Fermin Quintuna ... Himself
Ede Frecska ... Himself - Psychopharmacologist

Directed by
Mitch Schultz 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mitch Schultz 
Rick Strassman  book

Produced by
Justin Corsbie .... executive producer
Craig Garansuay .... executive producer
Andrew Shinjang Lee .... producer
Chris Ohlson .... line producer
Mitch Schultz .... producer
Rick Strassman .... producer
Original Music by
David Schommer 
Cinematography by
Matt Ehling (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Nevie Owens 
Production Design by
Bart Bryant 
Production Management
Kerri Smeltzer .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bryan Ferguson .... assistant director
Art Department
Morgan Gillio .... set designer
Sound Department
Glenn Eanes .... sound
Tom Hammond .... sound mixer
D.E. Ward .... sound designer
D.E. Ward .... sound editor
Visual Effects by
Spot Draves .... vfx artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Ricardo Diaz .... additional photography
Laela Kilbourn .... additional cinematography
Animation Department
David Hobizal .... effects supervisor
Editorial Department
Joe Malina .... colorist
Other crew
Bug Davidson .... production intern
Jordan Haro .... production intern
Deena Kalai .... production legal
Kevin Nguyen .... production assistant

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USA:75 min
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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Horrible Documentary, 15 May 2016
Author: arose-98520 from colorado

Horrible Documentary - It is starts out with interesting information about the usage, history and some neurology of this hallucinogenic compound. Then half way through the lead researches of the studied inexplicably, fully endorses the idea that these people are literally traveling out into outer space and meeting with some kind of space aliens that live in the furthest extents of our universe and reality.

Based on no other reasoning then these people who are tripping their face off on this crazy drug say they saw some crazy stuff while they where dripping balls.

It is confounding that these ostensibly intelligent researchers would go on to advocate this pseudo-science meta-physical nonsense with absolutely no evidence or proof or valid reasoning to substantiate their claims. Except the fact that these people are seeing some crazy stuff while they are using a very powerful hallucinogenic compound.

Anybody that remotely believes that scientific methods such as using evidence and logic to come to an assertion will be completely turned off by this film. And see that the researches are only posing as legitimate scientist but are more interested in spewing out nonsensical, superstitious spiritual believes. If you believe in spiritual stuff that is fine, believe whatever you want. But don't try to trick me into believing that there is some type of legitimate scientific process that provides evidence for your assumptions.

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