DMT and the Mainstreaming of Psychedelics w/ Rick Strassman MD ~ Ep. 65

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On today's episode, we feature the author of DMT: The Spirit Molecule, Rick Strassman MD. He is a medical doctor specialised in psychiatry with a fellowship in clinical psychopharmacology research. His foundational work with DMT in the 90s was the first human-trial psychedelic research to be done in the two decades following the Controlled Substances Act of 1971. It was the clinical observations and participant reports during those trails that formed his book mentioned above, and the hit documentary by the same name.

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Rick continued his investigation into the significance of DMT over the years with a particular focus on endogenous DMT (made within the body) and its role in prophetic states, as well as the progression of psychedelic research in general since then. His second major book on the topic is called DMT and the Soul of Prophecy, in which he explores the relationship between endogenous DMT and prophetic states as they are reported in the Hebrew Bible. Recently, Rick has been releasing a series of blogs on the mainstreaming of psychedelics and the problematic themes he sees emerging in the process.

We have him on the show for this episode to touch on how he feels about the impact his work with DMT has had on psychedelic research and the psychedelic subculture. We also talk god, prophecy, and even politics.

Enjoy.

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See the full show notes and my blog entry on this episode: http://bit.ly/ATTMind65

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Episode Breakdown
  • Rick's feelings towards the profound impact that DMT: The Spirit Molecule has played in the psychedelic subculture.
  • Setting the record straight on DMT and the pineal gland.
  • DMT's potential role in prophetic states, endogenous production as well as exogenous consumption.
  • Theoneurology vs Neurotheology - the relationship between God and the brain.
  • Modern day prophets in the DMT subculture.
  • Mainstreaming psychedelics:
    • Stifling inquiry into the full nature of the psychedelic experience through fundamentalism, dogmas, and orthodoxies in the biomedical model for psychedelics.
    • Renaming psychedelic drug adverse effects as “challenging experiences”
    • Non-clinicians advocating for policy changes with clinical implications—specifically attempts to re-schedule psychedelics.
    • Homogenizing widely disparate religious traditions by proposing that they all share a “common mystical core.”
  • Questions From ATTMind Patrons:
    • DMT vs Changa.
    • Extended State DMT infusion: What is it and what's the point?
    • Rick's current and future projects.

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