DMT, Entities, and Prophetic States with Rick Strassman, MD. | Recording
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DoubleBlind welcomes Dr. Rick Strassman to discuss the science behind DMT, the therapeutic value of divine encounters, and more. Get instant access to the previously recorded Webinar + extra resources on trip sitting.
Dr. Rick Strassman is widely considered one of the most prominent researchers and thought leaders in the psychedelic space. He’s most known for his research looking at DMT, which he famously nicknamed “the spirit molecule,” because of the spiritual experiences people have while on it. In his research, Strassman found that many of his subjects encountered non-human beings or entities while on DMT. He’s theorized that when a person is nearing death and when they’re in a dream state that the body releases large amounts of the molecule, and that DMT may be made in the pineal gland. Returning to his Jewish roots after more than two decades of Zen Buddhist study and practice, Strassman has also investigated the relationship between DMT experiences and prophetic states.
In this 90-minute webinar, he’ll discuss the science behind DMT, the therapeutic value of divine encounters, and what his research has revealed about this powerful drug.
About Rick Strassman:
A native of Los Angeles, Rick Strassman obtained his undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from Stanford University, and his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. He trained in general psychiatry at UC Davis in Sacramento and took a clinical psychopharmacology research fellowship at UC San Diego. Joining the faculty at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in 1984, his clinical research with melatonin discovered its first known function in humans. Between 1990-1995 he performed the first new US clinical research with psychedelic drugs in a generation. His studies involved DMT, and to a lesser extent psilocybin, and received federal and private funding. From 1995-2008, he practiced general psychiatry in community mental health and the private sector. He has authored or co-authored nearly 50 peer-reviewed papers, has served as guest editor and reviewer for numerous scientific journals, and consulted for various government, non-profit, and for-profit entities. His book DMT: The Spirit Molecule (2001) has sold 250,000 copies, been translated into 12 languages, and is the basis of a successful independent documentary that he co-produced. He is currently Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the UNM School of Medicine.
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