Toad venom on filmmaker’s menu


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

One response to “Toad venom on filmmaker’s menu”

  1. Rebecca says:

    i really hope everyone just ignores this cheap plastic charade.
    Meher Baba said something to the effect of, if God could be found in a drug then god would not be worthy of being God. And an enlightened society wouldn’t dream of using drugs in the name of so called spirituality

    The root cause of issues in our world and in ourselves in selfishness. So if you want to be spiritual
    pure th
    Asking for the general people to fund your drug-high holiday in exotic locales – and hey, lets film it! – is utterly tragic. And really dangerous
    Psychiatric treatment, anyone? Are you aware of how much damage these chemicals cause to the
    un initiated – essentially anyone but an indigenous medicine person?

    you might have a groovy time on these chemical concoctions but I am yet to meet anyone who can insist they have genuinely, permanently, honestly transformed into a more refined, more pure, more honest and true selfless loving person with more awareness and will, as a direct result of taking these drugs.
    There is only one way to get there – work. practice. cultivation. discernment. discipline. et cetera.
    How boring! I know! how so very un-northern rivers!

    There’s a famous story about the ”psychedelic pioneers’ sitting around a dinner table – people like Tim Leary, Ginsberg and Ram Dass – excitedly discussing how these chemicals will revolutionise the world and create a happier, better, more united society. But they had a big argument about doing the washing up! Everyone insisted it was beneath them and not their duty

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