DMT and The Soul of Prophecy With Rick Strassman #77
ABOUT THE EPISODE
Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and author of four books, including the bestselling, DMT: The Spirit Molecule, Rick Strassman shares his heavily-researched findings that cross-connect religious prophecy and the DMT experience.
The catalyst behind his interest in psychedelic research
His inspiration in choosing the Hebrew Bible for his research
The common factors as well as differences between the psychedelic and prophetic experience
His findings regarding his DMT studies and false prophecy
His thoughts on the possibility of a DMT-synthesizing gene and its relation to “the world to come”
Rick Strassman obtained his undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from Stanford University, and his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University.
He trained in general psychiatry at UC Davis in Sacramento and took a clinical psychopharmacology research fellowship at UC San Diego. Joining the faculty at the University of New Mexico in 1984, he first studied pineal melatonin function in humans and demonstrated the first known function of endogenous melatonin.
Between 1990-1995 he performed the first new US clinical research with psychedelic drugs in a generation, focusing primarily on DMT, as well as psilocybin, receiving federal and private funding. He has authored or co-authored nearly 50 peer-reviewed papers, served as guest editor and reviewer for over a dozen scientific journals, and served as a consultant to various government, non-profit, and for-profit entities.
His book DMT: The Spirit Molecule (2001) has sold 183,000 copies, been translated into 12 languages, and is the basis of a successful independent documentary that he co-produced. He is co-author of Inner Paths to Outer Space (2007), and author of DMT and the Soul of Prophecy (2014). Joseph Levy Escapes Death (2019) is his first novel. He is currently Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the UNM School of Medicine.