Ethnopharmacologic Search For Psychoactive Drugs

Symposium Livestream

23 - 26 May 2022

Livestream Symposium23-26 May 202223-26 MayATTEND
11 Nov 2021

Stationary Astronaut: Interview with Dennis McKenna and Rick Strassman

Interview with Dennis McKenna and Rick Strassman on Stationary Astronaut with Nick McLaughlin


"Rick Strassman is an American clinical associate professor of psychiatry at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Strassman was the first in 20 years to legally administer psychedelics to people in the United States, and his research on DMT has widely been regarded as kicking off the "psychedelic renaissance", in which many psychedelic compounds have begun to be scientifically studied for the first time since the early 1970s. He is also the author of DMT: The Spirit Molecule, which summarizes his academic research into DMT and other experimental studies of it, and includes his own reflections and conclusions based on this research.


More than half of Strassman's volunteers reported profound encounters/interaction with nonhuman beings while in a dissociated state. Strassman has conjectured that when a person is approaching death or possibly when in a dream state, the body releases a relatively large amount of DMT, mediating some of the imagery survivors of near-death experiences report. But there are no data correlating endogenous DMT activity to non-drug-related altered states of consciousness. He also has theorized that the pineal gland may form DMT under certain conditions. In 2013 researchers first reported DMT in the pineal gland microdialysate of rodents." source: Wikipedia



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