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DMT: The Spirit Molecule 2011

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4.3 out of 5 stars (56) IMDb 7.4/10

The Spirit Molecule explores the enigmatic dimethyltryptamine (DMT), a psychedelic molecule found throughout nature, including humans, and potentially every living organism.

Starring:
Joe Rogan, Ralph Abraham
Runtime:
1 hour, 14 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Documentary
Director Mitch Schultz
Starring Joe Rogan, Ralph Abraham
Supporting actors Joel Bakst, Steven Barker, Susan Blumenthal, Erik Davis, Patricio Dominguez, Cynthia Geist, Neal Goldsmith, Alex Grey, Roland Griffiths, Charles Grob, Graham Hancock, Kathleen Harrison, James Kent, Dennis J. McKenna, Terence McKenna, Ralph Metzner, Christian Meuli, Jeremy Narby
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating TV-PG
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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By Patrick McGill on February 7, 2011
Format: DVD
I own and love DMT: The Spirit Molecule (book) by Rick Strassman. It is a very professionally done treatise on the subject of psychedelics and DMT in particular. It is both rational but also very personal, and for the reader it is easy to discern when Strassman is talking about fact, and his feelings.

In this documentary, however, it is hard to get a sense of what in the world these people are talking about. Unlike the book, there is not a linear dialogue, an apparatus that is set up to help the viewer understand the thesis. It is really a bunch of clips of people talking, random animations of psychedelic art and other video clips, with little sense of structure. I got most of what people were saying because I have read the book and studied a lot of the content talked about, but even I got lost at points because there is no real narrative here to follow.

This documentary would have been much better served if it were A) Longer, to allow for B) a structure.

The DMT subject is a profound one, and one I have spent a lot of time reading about and studying. This documentary, however, to me feels like it would turn off the lay person because it will just throw out the idea of entities and alien contact without the context one has while reading a book on the subject.

I can't really explain it any better than that. Just because it's a documentary about psychedelics doesn't mean you have to construct it like a psychedelic trip. Any scientific documentary, even one that angles spirituality, needs structure to maximize the ability of the viewer to become familiar with the subject.

All in all I suggest skipping this and going with the book. After reading the book, then watch this and you will find some enjoyment in it.
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When I heard that a DMT film was being made, my initial thought was that it would be yet another drugumentary. I was wrong. The film deep dives into questions of human consciousness, interviewing brilliant minds (and more PhDs than I could count.) There were interviews with a rabbi, artists Alex and Alison Grey, a tribal leader, scientists, and the leading researchers on DMT and ethnopharmacology, along with the accounts of study participants and the nurse who cared for them during the research studies. The perspectives from which the experiences are conveyed spark some deep questions about human consciousness and the human spirit, and when the film concluded, I was left with the feeling that there was much more to the human experience than I could ever imagine. The visual art and music are equally as awesome. Since the film was released, I have bought a few copies for friends who all shared the sentiment that they wanted to watch it again and share it with their friends.
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I read Dr. Strassmans book some years ago and loved it. I was so excited to hear they were going to make a film about it and now it is finally here ! The film is about as perfect as a films like this can be. Superb editing and in a tight package that is well under 90 minutes-about 73 minutes to be exact. The only part of this project that is disturbing to me is the obviousness of this substance and the almost complete disinterest by nearly everyone in western society but I don't blame the film for that for the most part. I do recommend reading the book though first. In the book there is a greater emphasis on the entities encountered by the volunteers and the similarities of these entities I find most fascinating. It makes perfect sense in the film to not emphasize that aspect of it for obvious reasons.
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This documentary is fascinating and challenging. The only misstep might be the inclusion of an unshaved Joe Rogan as the host. The artwork throughout the video is gorgeous and the anecdotal praise of the psychedelic experience is kept to a low rumble. The typical inarticulate stoner rants are not present here. Thoughtful, beautiful, and worth the time to explore what for many has been a life-affirming and mind-opening experience. This type of informative, measured psychedelic documentary is exactly what should replace the kind of hysterical "Reefer Madness" propaganda that helped to usher in the current 'war on drugs' dogma. The only complaint is that the documentary is brief. I'd love to see more.
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The subject matter is intriguing and might be something that could change our planet on a fundamental level. But the producers really missed the boat in the way they put this whole thing together.

Here's the scoop. DMT (N-Dimethyltryptamine) is a psychedelic compound found throughout nature. It's a naturally occurring chemical abundant in all life forms both animal and plant. The important thing is that it might be a compound linking human consciousness to the cosmos.

This is a mixed bag. You have some really cool, bright and ethical people heading the study, along with a real mixed bag of people partaking in the study itself. There are writers, a shaman and various other types who relate their experiences while on the drug. It's kind of weird because, as they tell of what happens, it's almost like listening to the 60s hippies talking about LSD trips. But as it rolls on you realize this is much deeper than that. This is more than a "wow man" kind of experience. Luckily, those who do the relating are of a relatively high degree of intelligence, so what they say is interesting and worth note. They consistently tell how they, themselves disappeared during the 'trip' and entered the whole of the cosmos. They felt as tough they were experiencing a oneness with the universe. I know how trivial this might sound, but hearing them talk about it is something else entirely. You see how past centuries of those having mystical or religious experiences might be experiencing more than just a trick of the mind.

On the down side were some poor decisions. First off: What possessed the producers to hire Joe Rogan (of "The Fear Factor") as host? Sorry folks. For my dollar he lacks the depth necessary to carry off a subject as important as this.
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