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DMT and the Psychedelic Underground in Mainland China—An Insider’s Story

I estimate that a few thousand people have had a DMT trip in mainland China. I heard of it for the first time from a friend. At that time, I was still in the excitement of my first encounter with LSD. My friend was boasting that he’d...

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With COVID-19 bringing the entire world to a halt, we are offered an opportunity...

Drinking Ayahuasca Without DMT is Powerful and Traditional

When using the word ayahuasca, we generally mean the well-known...

How DMT Switches the Brain’s Reality Channel

What happens is, the world is completely replaced, instantly, 100 percent. It's all gone. And what’s put in its place, not...

Becoming a Master of Ayahuasca Takes Courage, Endurance, and Respect

My name is Mateo Arévalo Maynas. I’m 64 years old, and my Shipibo name is Isayu. For decades I have been...

The Dangers of the Ayahuasca Tourism Boom

Ayahuasca tourism and commercialization are distorting the cultural originality of the medicine's traditions.

We Are Harvesting the Ayahuasca Vine at an Alarming Rate

Over-harvesting ayahuasca is putting the sustainability of the medicine, the communities, and several branches of industry in question.

INDIGENOUS VOICES

Becoming a Master of Ayahuasca Takes Courage, Endurance, and Respect

My name is Mateo Arévalo Maynas. I’m 64 years old, and my Shipibo name is Isayu. For decades I have been...

The Yarinacocha Declaration of Shipibo Healers, ASOMASHK

In the long shadow cast by the murder of Maestra Olivia Arévalo Lomas at the hands of a Canadian ayahuasca tourist, Coshikox (Consejo Shipibo-Konibo-Xetebo), the...

The Dangers of the Ayahuasca Tourism Boom

Ayahuasca tourism and commercialization are distorting the cultural originality of the medicine's traditions.

Don’t Forget Us Native People Behind the Ayahuasca

My name is Victoria Corisepa Dreve, I'm Harakbut, from the Wachiperi Indigenous Amazonian group. The reason why we're here is very important...

My 30 Years of Being an Ayahuasca Shaman for Locals and Foreigners

I would like to let you know my story and how I became a master of curanderismo and ayahuasca shamanism.

Ayahuasca Has a Special Connection with My People, the Shipibo

Many can participate in ceremonies, but ayahuasca has a unique power and a very special connection with the Shipibo people.

SCIENCE & RESEARCH

How DMT Switches the Brain’s Reality Channel

What happens is, the world is completely replaced, instantly, 100 percent. It's all gone. And what’s put in its place, not...

Pharmahuasca: Can a Chemical Ayahuasca Alternative Compare?

In the 1990s, gel caps going by the name of “pharmahuasca” circulated at psychedelic music festivals glistening with mysterious brown and yellow...

DMT’s Mind-Bending Science—An Interview with Dr Jimo Borjigin

It’s difficult to recall the last time that I had a great meal and made the generic claim of “I love food.”...

Can and Should Ayahuasca Become Part of Western Medicine?

For Americans for whom ayahuasca is “The Medicine,” there is only one legal option. An individual may join the Santo Daime...

Do Ayahuasca Shamans See Microbial Worlds in Their Visions?

To me, this was compelling evidence that entoptic microscopy is part of what shamanic visions are about.

Ayahuasca Spirits Are Special Because They Are Not Real

One can successfully experience ayahuasca entities as being there and interact with them even if one thinks they are not supernatural...

CULTURE AND SOCIETY

DMT and the Psychedelic Underground in Mainland China—An Insider’s Story

I estimate that a few thousand people have had a DMT trip in mainland China. I heard of it for the first...

We Are Harvesting the Ayahuasca Vine at an Alarming Rate

Over-harvesting ayahuasca is putting the sustainability of the medicine, the communities, and several branches of industry in question.

Getting Arrested and Released for Ayahuasca in Israel

I am 45 years old, live in Israel, and am a psychotherapist in private practice. I also teach other therapists to combine shamanic...

Ayahuasca and the Problems of the World

I wasn't planning to be here. I wasn't planning to come to this conference because I'm running out of fuel. You know,...

Ayahuasca Is About More Than Just You. It’s About Planetary Health.

Fueled by advanced medical and scientific research, the Amazonian brew ayahuasca has become increasingly popular in Western societies in recent years. For...

Psychedelic Communities, Social Justice, and Kinship in the Capitalocene

The task is to make kin in lines of inventive connection as a practice of learning to live and die well with...

SHAMANISM AND SPIRITUALITY

Drinking Ayahuasca Without DMT is Powerful and Traditional

When using the word ayahuasca, we generally mean the well-known...

The Shaman’s Treasure: The Many Plants Added to the Ayahuasca Brew

It is a known fact that ayahuasca and yagé drinks consist of a pair of plants: vine or leaves of ayahuasca (Banisteriopsis...

Translating Ayahuasca Shamanism and Western Medicine

There is still not enough dialogue between academic scholars and traditional men and women of knowledge. Unfortunately, remnants of Spanish colonialism still...

How to Think about Weird Psychedelic Beings

Psychedelic visions show us that there are different modes of being, that there are different ways that things flicker into being. What’s the core lesson...

Jung in the Jungle: What the Brew Ayahuasca Taught Me About My Shadow

Last year, I went to the Amazon jungle in Peru to take part in a nine-day ayahuasca retreat at a well-known center called the...

The Forgotten Science of Shamanic Plant Whispering

Ridiculed, scorned, or deliberately ignored, the truth about anything is quirky and awkward when it first emerges. Germinating at the margins of familiarity, the...

RESEARCH ANCESTORS

Ayahuasca, Nazis, and the Life of Gerardo Reichel-Dolmatoff

Gerardo Reichel-Dolmatoff is widely considered to be the father of Colombian anthropology. He devoted almost six decades of his life to researching various Indigenous...

Remembering Psychedelic Therapy Research Elder, Dr Claudio Naranjo

Claudio Naranjo was the first person to research the effects of the harmal alkaloids and the iboga plant and their application...

A Tribute to the Mother of Ayahuasca Research, Marlene Dobkin de Rios (1939-2012)

Marlene Dobkin de Rios was, by all accounts, a fascinating human being and a remarkably dedicated anthropologist.

PREPARATION AND INTEGRATION

When the Ayahuasca Ceremony Goes Wrong

A few weeks ago I sat through perhaps the most outrageous ayahuasca ceremony I’ve ever attended... ... A...

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...

Ayahuasca Integration Means Facing the Shadow in Daily Life

Ayahuasca integration implies an ongoing process of self-reflection -- sharing conversations with fellow travelers, friends, and therapists, people experienced in their...

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...

How to Find and Choose the Right Ayahuasca Retreat

This is it—you’re finally ready. After consuming as much information about ayahuasca as humanly possible, it’s high time to look for an ayahuasca retreat...

Enhancing Your Ayahuasca Experience: Harnessing the Power of Intention and Belief

Appropriate preparation and integration is still lacking in the global shamanic medicine and entheogenic culture. This is largely because we’re still in our infancy...

ART AND CREATIVITY

Watch Kaleidoscopic Songs of Ayahuasca Shamans Vibrate Water

Mestaoui uses cymatics, the science of how sound generates shapes in physical matter, as a way to make the shamanic songs...

Eleven Otherworldly Visionary and Ayahuasca Artists You Probably Don’t Know

It seemed fitting to highlight artists who might not yet be in the spotlight of visionary art or global ayahuasca culture....

Creativity Enhancing Drugs: How Psychedelics Appear to Boost Divergent Thinking

Musicians, painters, dancers, designers, and other artists all have the urge to externalize inspiration through a given means. They all have access to something...

Ayahuasca Art: The Natural & Visionary Wonderland

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

Meeting the DMT Trip Entities in Art

People who have experienced the so-called DMT trip usually say that it transcends words, but they often feel compelled to speak incessantly about it...

The Ayahuasca Visions of Peruvian Artist Pablo Amaringo

Pablo Amaringo is renowned for his intricate, colourful paintings that are inspired by his shamanic visions. He was a master communicator of the ayahuasca...

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