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Ayahuasca Can Help Us Heal Deep Wounds of Global History

When I first flew above the Amazon, I admired a solid sea of canopies that reached from one horizon to the other...
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Syrian rue (Peganum Harmala), the “Ayahuasca” of North Africa and Eurasia

Wildly popular across Europe, Asia, and North Africa for thousands of years, Peganum harmala is a perennial plant that has a lot...
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Ayahuasca Exotica and High Fashion on the Kenzo Runway

Last week, models in Paris marched a visionary runway silhouetted by a massive installation of Pablo Amaringo’s iconic indigenous art from Peru. The mythic...
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Ayahuasca Joined the Parliament of the World’s Religions

In November 2018, around seven thousand people from over 200 religions and spiritual traditions gathered in Toronto for the Parliament of the World's Religions....
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New Documentary Shows Veterans Treating PTSD with Ayahuasca

Around 20% of recent Unites States war veterans suffer from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to research produced by RAND. Nearly half of...
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The DMT Drug Is not a Drug, it’s Much Stranger

DMT is a psychoactive molecule and in this sense it is a drug. The title of this article is provocative for a very good...
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Ayahuasca stirs up debate over its effects

A recent invitation I received to write an essay about yajé (or ayahuasca) for an academic-type anthology on the “the power of psychedelics for...
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Remembering Wholeness: Ayahuasca and the Structural Violence of Modern Life

Why does one write, if not to put one’s pieces together? From the moment we enter school or church, education chops us into pieces:...
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Is it Cultural Appropriation for White People to Drink Ayahuasca?

White people in the Amazon, drinking a sacred indigenous brew, under a thatched roof, while a ceremonial leader in a feather crown and indigenous...
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High Society: The Universal Impulse to Alter Consciousness

Every society on earth is a high society. As the sun rises in the east, caffeine is infused and sipped across China in countless...