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The DMT drug is not a drug, its 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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High Kingdom: Why Animals Take Psychedelic Substances

When some people get high, they become animals. But I don’t mean this in a negative sense. One of the key reasons indigenous Amazonian...
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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:...
Ayahuasca depression

Ayahuasca Tea Rapidly Helps Patients Heal Severe Depression

Long confined to indigenous societies of the Amazon rainforest, the ayahuasca tea is being researched by scientists as a potential medicine for depression. An article published...
Ayahuasca art

The Natural & Visionary Wonderland of Ayahuasca Art

I have been told time and again by countless ayahuasca drinkers that the experience of ayahuasca is ultimately beyond words. These impenetrable descriptions are...
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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...
Ayahuasca-nature

A Shamanic View of How Ayahuasca & Nature Communicate With Us

In a shaman's world view, everything is energy, and for them the word spirit and energy have the exact same meaning. Indigenous knowledge often...
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Psychoactive Plants and Shamanic Consciousness

The shaman is not only a hunter, warrior, healer, diviner, and entertainer, but also a natural scientist and thinker. Anthropologist Elizabeth Reichel-Dolmatoff reports that...
Ayahuasca Visions

Advice for Encounters with Scary Serpents and Talking Plants During Ayahuasca...

It’s always difficult to speak of the world of spirits as a reality—the cultural leap is gigantic. I like Romuald Leterrier’s concept best of...

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