The Pineal Enigma: The Dazzling Life And Times Of The “DMT Gland”

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


While even Dr Gonzo wouldn’t touch “extract of pineal,” the same could not be said for Dr Strassman. This presentation explores the enigmatic career of the pineal gland subsequent to clinical psychiatrist Rick Strassman’s trials with DMT conducted at the University of New Mexico in the early 1990s. While the burden of proof hangs over speculation that DMT is produced in the pineal gland, knowledge claims have left the clinic for independent careers in popular culture. As this presentation illustrates, animated in film and literature, the “spirit gland” mythos of Strassman’s best seller DMT: The Spirit Molecule has enlivened polar perspectives on the human condition: from the cosmic re-evolutionism of Modern Theosophy to the gothic hopelessness of H. P. Lovecraft.
Period2 Jul 2017
Event titleBreaking Convention: 4th International Conference on Psychedelic Consciousness
Event typeConference
Conference number4
LocationLondon, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational