North coast filmmaker and psychonaught Dean Jefferys is now raising funds for his film about a psychedelic toad, a relative of the notorious cane toad.
Jefferys is perhaps best known for his 2000 film Shamans of the Amazon and his activist work for protecting whales.
Jefferys describes his new film The God Molecule and the Shamanic Toad as ‘a personal journey into the mysterious shamanic and microscopic world of the most powerful entheogenic molecule known to man, 5-MeO-DMT or “The God Molecule” as many are now calling it.
‘Unlike its cousin N,N DMT, used in the ayahuasca brew, 5-MeO-DMT appears only in a few plants and in the Sonora Desert Toad from Mexico.’
The film follows a small group, including the filmmaker Dean Jefferys, as they travel around Central and South America to experience 5-MeO-DMT rituals with toad medicine shaman Dr Octavio Retig and the Piaroa and the Secoya tribes who ‘have an ancient culture of using 5-MeO-DMT’.
The Periwa Indians use the 5-MeO-DMT in their snuff and the Secoya add leaves containing 5-MeO-DMT to their ayahuasca brew.
Jefferys plans to film Dr Rettig in ritual with the initiates and then later hear from them of their experience. In January 2016 Dr Rettig will travel to the Amazon rainforest in Venezuela to experience the 5-MeO-DMT Yopo snuff ritual and share the toad medicine and stories with a Piaroa Yopo shaman.
Those interested in the film can see more at www.thegodmoleculemovie.com.