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after ayahuasca

We Need to Talk About When People Feel Worse After Ayahuasca

Ryan was a meditator, experienced with ayahuasca, so it surprised him (not in a good way) when a disturbing ayahuasca ceremony revealed...
traditional ayahuasca ceremony

The “Traditional” Ayahuasca Ceremony Is Probably a Recent Invention

An ayahuasca ceremony is a ritual dedicated to immersing yourself fully into the effects of the sacred brew, ayahuasca. As the brew...
ayahuasca integrating shadow

Ayahuasca Integration Means Facing the Shadow in Daily Life

I used to have a therapeutic relationship with ayahuasca, the plant spirit or teacher, the energetic presence that has guided me for the past...
ayahuasca integration

Integrating Ayahuasca Experiences Requires an Integrated Approach

In 1980, I initiated my first contact with the famous Mazatec ethnic group that was popularized by R.G. Wasson and A. Hoffman in...
ayahuasca ancestors

What Does Ayahuasca Have To Do with Ancestors and the Dead?

Ayahuasca is a powerful psychoactive brew that originates from the Amazon rainforest. The word comes from the Indigenous Quechua words huasca, meaning...
global ayahuasca

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...
ayahuasca science

What I Learned During 15 Years as an Ayahuasca Scientist

I was first attracted to study the Amazonian brew ayahuasca in the early 2000s, when I was a graduate student in biology...
peganum harmala ayahuasca

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...
psychedelic beings

How to Think about Weird Psychedelic Beings

What’s the core lesson of psychedelic practice, the lesson that still holds strong after being famously put forward by Leary’s research in 1963 and...
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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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