THE SPIRIT MOLECULE investigates dimethyltryptamine (DMT), an endogenous psychoactive compound, which exists in humans, as well as in numerous species of plants and animals. The feature-length documentary traces Dr. Rick Strassman's government sanctioned human DMT research and its many trials, tribulations, achievements, and inconceivable realizations. A closer examination of DMT’s effects through the lens of two traditionally opposed concepts, science and spirituality, The Spirit Molecule explores the connections between cutting-edge neuroscience, quantum physics and human spirituality.
Strassman's research, and the experiences of the human test subjects before, during, and after the intense clinical trials raises many intriguing questions. A variety of experts voice their unique thoughts and experiences with DMT within their respective fields. As Strassman’s story unfolds, these contributors weigh in on his remarkable theories, indigenous use of DMT, the history/future of psychedelics & psychedelic research. Other areas of exploration include possible DMT production in the brain’s pineal gland, DMT’s role in near-death experiences, alien-abduction experiences, and the uncanny likeness to ancient religious texts describing prophets with DMT-like experiences. Additionally, the intriguing similarities to Hawking's waveform model of the universe and the "many-worlds" interpretation of quantum mechanics lead to other fascinating discoveries. The contributors offer a comprehensive collection of information, opinions, and speculation to help understand the nature of the DMT experience, and its role in human society and evolution.
In addition to the interviews, the film will feature stunning visualizations of the DMT experience, as well as a collection of technical illustrations, charts, and graphs that explain the substance’s structure and Dr. Strassman’s physiological/psychological findings. These visual aids also demonstrate how DMT relates scientifically to human evolution, construction of the universe, advanced neuroscience and other mind-bending theories. We will collaborate, and seek inspiration, from artists like Alex Grey and other Visionary Artists skilled in DMT motivated art to best recreate the visual aspect of the experience.
To better navigate the expansive realms of Strassman’s DMT universe, popular actor, comedian, and social satirist, Joe Rogan, will serve as narrator and tour guide. His own personal experiences with DMT, and a fascination that borders on reverence, have motivated him to be a central component of the project. In stylized scenes reminiscent of Rod Sterling’s famous Twilight Zone bookends, Rogan will shepherd the audience through the great unknowns of the DMT experience.
The subtle combination of science, spirituality, and philosophy make this film and the DMT experience provocative. It results in an abundance of incredible ideas and theories that could alter the way humans understand the universe and their relationship to it.
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