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V.21 No.4 | 1/26/2012
Dr. Rick Strassman

Talking Points

Made of Bright Light

Scientist reflects on his psychedelic research

Over the course of five years in the early ’90s, Dr. Rick Strassman dosed 400 volunteers with DMT at the University of New Mexico. He spoke with us about his study, the Old Testament and alien abduction, among other things.

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DMT researcher in person tonight at the Guild

Dr. Rick Strassman
Dr. Rick Strassman

In the issue that begins hitting stands today, I interview Dr. Rick Strassman, who dosed volunteers with DMT, a powerful psychedelic, at UNM in the early '90s.

Tonight, there will be two showings (6 p.m. and 8 p.m.) of a documentary called The Spirit Molecule about his five-year study. Strassman will be on hand at the Guild Cinema to talk about his work and answer questions after each screening.

The article will be available online at alibi.com this evening. But until then, here's a preview:

What would another round of experiments look like today?

I don't know about any more DMT studies. I just gave so much DMT. ..

I think it would be interesting to give DMT to scientists who are doing studies with parallel universes and string theory and dark matter and things like that. I do speculate at the end of the book that that could be the location of this other state, this freestanding, apparently independent state. I think it would be interesting to get their opinion on what this seems like to them based on all of their thinking and their computer models.

Do you see therapeutic potential in psychedelics?

Oh yeah, for sure. That's ongoing right now. There's a study out of Hopkins a few years back causing mystical experiences with psilocybin. There was a study a few years ago by UCLA, giving psilocybin to the terminally ill, and it was quite helpful.

There are some alcoholism studies using psilocybin that are either underway or close to being started. There's quite a few studies of ayahuasca being helpful with psychological problems and substance abuse problems.

Did you ever hear from Timothy Leary about any of your work?

Tim was in Santa Fe for a talk in the early 1990s, and I was living in Tijeras at the time. Someone called and asked if I wanted to meet Tim. It was in the middle of the week. I wasn't that interested in meeting him, to tell you the truth. So I passed.

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It’s alive! These famous lines of Dr. Frankenstein remind me of zombie movies and sci-fi horrors. But apparently the idea of creating life from death may be jumping from the pages of sci-fi novels into actual science.

According to the New York Times four years ago at the University of Massachusetts Medical School scientists created a molecule that could replicate and evolve by its self. It was nicknamed “The Immortal Molecule.”

This molecule may be only the beginning. Biologist and chemist in a lab in San Diego are trying to create life. They are attempting to bridge the gap between inanimate and animate using modern genetics. Perhaps Mary Shelly was on the right track, but only about two centuries too early. Read more about this here.

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