Rick Strassman (born February 8, 1952 in Los Angeles) is a medical doctor specialized in psychiatry with a fellowship in clinical psycho-pharmacology research. Strassman was the first person in the US after twenty years of intermission to embark on human research with psychedelic,hallucinogenic, or entheogenic substances. During the intermission period, research was restricted by law to animals studies only.
Strassman’s studies aimed to investigate the effects of DMT, a powerful entheogen, that he hypothesizes is produced by the human brain in the pineal gland. DMT is found naturally in various natural sources, and is related to human neurotransmitters such as serotonin and melatonin.
He also wrote the book, “DMT: The Spirit Molecule” which has also become a documentary. You can check it out here.