By Rick Strassman

A scientific psychiatrist explores the consequences of DMT, probably the most strong psychedelics identified.

• A behind-the-scenes examine the leading edge of psychedelic study.

• offers a different clinical reason for the phenomenon of alien abduction reviews.

From 1990 to 1995 Dr. Rick Strassman performed U.S. Government-approved and funded medical study on the college of recent Mexico within which he injected sixty volunteers with DMT, some of the most robust psychedelics identified. His specific account of these periods is an awfully riveting inquiry into the character of the human brain and the healing capability of psychedelics. DMT, a plant-derived chemical present in the psychedelic Amazon brew, ayahuasca, can be synthetic through the human mind. In Strassman's volunteers, it constantly produced near-death and mystical stories. Many mentioned convincing encounters with clever nonhuman presences, extraterrestrial beings, angels, and spirits. approximately all felt that the periods have been one of the so much profound stories in their lives.

Strassman's examine connects DMT with the pineal gland, thought of by way of Hindus to be the location of the 7th chakra and through Rene Descartes to be the seat of the soul. DMT: The Spirit Molecule makes the daring case that DMT, evidently published by means of the pineal gland, enables the soul's move out and in of the physique and is an essential component of the beginning and loss of life reviews, in addition to the top states of meditation or even sexual transcendence. Strassman additionally believes that "alien abduction reviews" are caused by unintended releases of DMT. If used properly, DMT may set off a interval of exceptional development within the medical exploration of the main mystical areas of the human brain and soul.

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I wanted little extra validation to think we have been at the correct music in concerning excessive degrees of DMT to the NDE. Carlos was once a problem. Exuberant, outspoken, and playfully confronta- demise AND loss of life • 227 tional, he was once forty-four years previous whilst he joined the DMT examine. He hailed from Hispanic and northerly Mexican-Indian households, have been married for almost two decades, and had grown teenagers. Carlos was once a full-time software program programmer and had attended the college of recent Mexico for numerous years. He additionally was once a practitioner of city shamanism. during this capability, he led a bunch within which chanting, visualization, and his teachings supplied his scholars with a variety of replacement states of realization. He had his ft in numerous worlds instantly. Carlos used to be well-versed in lots of mind-altering components. He had taken psychedelics "over 100 occasions" and defined their results as "complete strangeness. " He lately additionally had used the seeds of Datura stramonium, or jimsonweed, a hugely poisonous and hazardous plant that induces delirium and, from time to time, terrifying breaks with truth. there isn't a lot distinction among psychedelic and deadly doses of those seeds. Carlos was once no longer anticipating a lot from "white man's drugs. " This arrange a curious dichotomy inside of me. at the one hand, i needed to "show him who is bought the higher medicinal drugs. " now not the main noble response, yet actual! nevertheless, i used to be involved that his scoffing at DMT was once now not clever, and that he should be unpleasantly shocked by means of the depth of its results. possibly his cavalier perspective concealed deeper fears. The morning of his non-blind low dose, we stumbled on Carlos sitting within the rocking chair I used. He had arrived virtually hours early. He used to be leav- ing not anything to likelihood and used to be not-so-subtly not easy my "seat of au- thority. " "This can be a visit round the block to the neighborhood comfort shop, instead of a visit to somewhere else," he opened. ahead of we started, he desired to bless the DMT to "the 4 instructions" and for the nice of the neighborhood. This was once conventional shamanic prepa- ration of a mind-altering substance. His benedictions have been uncomplicated yet profound. They effectively verified a sense of deeper reverence for the paintings than was once often the case. His low-dose event that morning appeared fairly gentle. That is, till he all started shaking at quarter-hour after the injection. First have been 228 • THE classes merely superb tremors, yet those fast improved to particularly suggested entire- physique shakes. / hate this half. my very own physique, my strength begins to shake. it truly is like after any religious journey. it truly is like an aftershock. whenever I do any type ofpsychoactive drug I shake for awhile. Do folks do this? An unforeseen vulnerability. I replied rigorously, seeing a gap to a extra sincere and deeper courting. "Sometimes, particularly after the excessive dose. now not frequently af- ter the low dose. i'm wondering if it really is worry. " He truly appeared particularly uncomfortable, shaking, having a look a little bit worried.

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