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DMT: The Spirit Molecule 2011

TV-PG CC
4.2 out of 5 stars (59) IMDb 7.3/10

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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In LSD - My Problem Child, Albert Hoffman wrote that retarded people would often be taken aback and somewhat surprised as to how boring and completely ordinary a figure he cut; he being the inventor of LSD and all. Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, was also an intensely private and very boring character; this is why NASA picked him, and not the charismatic Buzz Aldrin, to be the first man to make history; the fame wouldn't go to his head, you see. The dry stick award mind, goes to 'my boring life' Nicolaus Copernicus. Even though he demolished 2000 years of religious dogma, biographers struggle in vain to find any dirt on Nicolaus Copernicus, and he has a revolution named after him!

So there really is something to be said for boring people, isn't there? It's as if the boringness of a person is in adverse proportion to their honesty; or something like that. So along comes another charisma vacuum, made flesh in the form of Dr Rick Strassman. Softly spoken and seriously boring, Dr Strassman is a safe pair of hands to conduct the first human studies with the drug N,N-Dimethyltryptamine; and what amazing good news he's discovering for our nihilistic age.

The results are in, Dr Strassman's test subjects are reporting worlds of Galileon proportions, with titanic implications for our decaffeinated existence. His unique, and it seems never to be repeated, study of the effects if the chemical, Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) on human subjects, conducted in the University of New Mexico in the early 1990's, deserves to be recognised for what it is; a spiritual cleansing ointment to wipe away the dreary materialism which troubles our sad world.

So what happened in this study?
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