Dr. Rick Strassman is a medical doctor specialized in psychiatry with a fellowship in clinical psychopharmacology research. He is a household name among psychonauts- or, at least well known- because he did the first government sanctioned psychedelic research in a generation, back in the early ‘90s. The substance was DMT.
The research was pretty straightforward. They recorded the various physical effects of the compound on the test subjects, like heart rate, etc. However, Dr. Strassman was also able to get plenty of observations of the anecdotal nature from his test subjects (meaning, oral explanations of what they were experiencing or while on the substance), and these proved to be pretty far out.
Dr. Strassman wrote a book based on the research called DMT: The Spirit Molecule, and in 2010 he coproduced a documentary of the same name. Linked here is that documentary.
This is an extremely trippy docu. It has some very trippy visualizations which are fun to get lost in, but it also features some of his test subjects that are narrating the visions they had during the experiment while on DMT. It’s a damn good watch.
It covers the history of DMT and psychedelic research, ayahuasca, Terence McKenna, and so much more.
It also features a plethora of well-known psychedelic people including Dennis McKenna (ethnopharmacologist and brother of Terence McKenna), Ralph Abraham (mathematics), Alex Grey (renowned artist), Charles Grob (psychiatrist), Graham Hancock (writer), Joe Rogan, (podcaster and host of the docu), and many more. These guys aren’t lightweights or moronic trippers, they are respected members of their fields.
Start watching, and you will definitely be roped in. This is a very gripping documentary, eye-opening, and entertaining for sure.