Sam Ripples
by on July 26, 2019

“I thought I had died, and that I might not ever come back. I don’t know what happened. All of a sudden, BAM!, there I was. It was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.”

― Rick Strassman, DMT: The Spirit Molecule 

What is DMT?

DMT is short for dimethyltryptamine, a chemical that occurs organically within the bodies of many plants and mammals. DMT has been dubbed “the spirit molecule” for the extremely intense and short psychedelic trip that it induces when vaporized. 

Traditional usage of this substance traces its origins to South America, where it is brewed into a tea that combines a DMT-containing bark with a root that contains the right chemical compound to unlock the substance orally. 

Called ayahuasca, this brew is still used in traditional ceremonies today. The trip lasts a full twelve hours and is said to give spiritual insights to the shaman when they need them most. 

DMT is typically found in its crystalline form, which can be vaporized and causes a 5-15 minute trip. DMT is also found in many other psychedelic drugs, such as 5-MeO-DMT and psilocybin. 

Scientific Study of DMT

It was first studied in a lab in the 1950s by a Hungarian chemist, who discovered that DMT could induce hallucinations. Not only that, but it also tended to make the subjects have intense spiritual experiences as well as see otherworldly entities. 

Because of the ban into psychedelic research in the sixties, however, the studies on DMT were sadly stopped.

However, that hasn’t stopped scientists from becoming fascinated with it. It wouldn’t be until almost 30 years later that studies would begin again on DMT, bringing in a new age for psychedelic research.

“A Psychedelic Renaissance” 

Rick Strassman is a psychiatrist, psychopharmacologist, and prominent author in the psychedelic realm. His seminal book, DMT: The Spirit Molecule, discusses his research into the substance’s religious and spiritual properties. 

Over 5 years in the early 90s, Strassman studied the effects of DMT on over five dozen volunteers. He came to dub DMT the “spirit molecule” for its effects on his subjects. 

He was also among the first to administer psychedelics for scientific study in over 20 years, heralding the age of psychedelic research we are currently in today.

Strassman says that he was won over to the power of psychedelics in the 60s, when a spiritual experience in LSD changed the way he thought about life forever.

Rick has this to say in his book:

“Why DMT is a candidate for being the spirit molecule? DMT occurs in our bodies. We produce it naturally. Our brain seeks it out, pulls it in, and readily digests it. 

As an endogenous psychedelic, DMT may be involved in naturally occurring psychedelic states that have nothing to do with taking drugs, but whose similarities to drug induced conditions are striking… 

It may be upon endogenous DMT’s wings that we experience other life – changing states of mind associated with birth, death, and near death, entity or alien contact experiences, and mystical spiritual consciousness....” 

What’s so incredible about Strassman’s words above is that this year, he was indeed proven right. 

DMT and Mammal Brains

Recently, an article in Science Daily reported that DMT had been found endogenously in the brains of rats, proving that DMT naturally occurs in the brains of mammals. The study was headed by Jimo Borjigin, whose interest in the substance was predated by her interest in the pineal gland.

Since the 17th century, philosophers have believed that the pineal gland is the “seat of the soul”-- that it may contain all building blocks to create intelligent life, AKA DMT.

When Brojigin was introduced to this idea, she began to try to prove that DMT occurred naturally in the mammalian brain. Not only did she do that, she also found precisely how and where it is synthesized.

This is a revelation in psychedelic science. Understanding DMT and its natural role in our brains may help us to understand the spiritual qualities of near-death experiences--such as why people who have died and been resuscitated claim to have seen a bright light calling to them, or visions of heavenly gates. 

It also may help to explain why, when DMT is taken in its pure form, it induces such intense and overwhelming psychedelic experiences. Though its action is short in nature, people have reported living whole lifetimes out or even meeting otherworldly or higher-dimensional entities.

Interdimensional Entities 

During Strassman’s research, many of his volunteers described being contacted by entities that they felt were waiting for them. These beings seemed to communicate mostly using telepathy, and had a tendency to judge the volunteers. Some were warm and friendly, while others were cold to the participants. 

One striking things that all of these “alien contact” stories have in common is that most people seemed convinced that what they saw was indeed real, not a hallucination or a dream.

There are so many questions still left unanswered when it comes to DMT, but it’s safe to say that it’s a powerful and very intriguing substance.

I hope that one day in the future scientists can unravel more of the mysteries behind DMT and the intense experiences it induces.

I know one thing for sure: I’m glad to be at the sidelines of the psychedelic renaissance.