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Dr. Rick Strassman

Special Guest

Biography:

Los Angeles native, Rick Strassman, holds degrees from Stanford University and Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. He took his internship and general psychiatry residency at the University of California, Davis, Medical Center in Sacramento and he spent ten years as a tenured professor at the University of Mexico. Dr. Strassman also began the first new U.S.-Government-approved-and funded clinical research with psychedelic drugs in over twenty years. In addition, he has been a consultant to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Veteran's Administration Hospitals, Social Security Administration, and other state and local agencies. Dr. Strassman currently practices psychiatry in Taos, New Mexico and is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry in the UNM School of Medicine.While living in the Pacific Northwest of the United States for five years, Dr. Strassman worked in community mental health centers for Washington State's Whatcom and Jefferson Counties. He currently lives and practices psychiatry in Taos, New Mexico, and is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.

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Researching DMT

Host Richard Syrett welcomed psychiatrist Dr. Rick Strassman, who talked about his research with psychedelic compound DMT and how naturally occurring DMT may produce prophecy-like states of consciousness and thus represent a bridge between biology and religious experience. In the first hour, Richard Whittle, Verville Fellow at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C, discussed the... More »

Host: Richard Syrett

Slipping Into Other Dimensions

Due to illness, psychiatrist Dr. Rick Strassman was only able to appear for a short time during the second hour. ... More »

Host: Art Bell

DMT Research

Guest Host Hilly Rose talked with Dr. Rick Strassman about his research into the psychedelic substance dimethyltryptamine (DMT). Strassman said DMT was discovered in hallucinogenic snuffs from the Amazon, and is related to the chemical melatonin. Strassman spent five years investigating the effects of DMT on 60 human volunteers at the University of New Mexico's School of Medicine. ... More »

Host: Hilly Rose
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