Category Archives: Ayahuasca

What is Ayahuasca?

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Author: Dennis McKenna

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Of the numerous plant hallucinogens utilized by indigenous populations of the Amazon Basin, perhaps none is as interesting or complex, botanically, chemically, or ethnographically, as the hallucinogenic beverage known variously as ayahuasca, caapi, or yagé. The beverage is most widely known as ayahuasca, a Quechua term meaning “vine of the...

Crappy Ayahuascha Shamans

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Author: Michael Allen

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Last week, 19-year-old Henry Miller – a gap-year student from Bristol – died in Colombia after taking part in a shamanic ceremony. The papers are reporting that he died after drinking a “drug” called yage, which is actually just another name for ayahuasca, a plant that – among South America’s...

The Wilde Weekly – Ayahuasca, DMT, Spiritual Healing

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Author: Stuart Wilde, Stuartwilde.com

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Author and Healer Stuart Wilde joins us to talk about pain, illness, and healing. However, we delve deeper into not just the psychospiritual causes of these maladies, but also their cures. We discuss ayahuasca's healing properties and how this magical brew can change not just the consciousness of a person,...

Ayahuasca Treats Neurogenerative Disorders and Is More Powerful Than Antidepressants

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Author: Prevent Disease

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Banisteriopsis caapi, also known as ayahuasca, caapi or yaje, is a South American jungle vine used to prepare a decoction with a long history of entheogenic uses as a medicine and "plant teacher" among the indigenous peoples of the Amazon Rainforest. It has unique properties found to treat Parkinson's disease...

End the Ban on Psychoactive Drug Research

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Author: Scientific American

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Discovery of new psychiatric medication, whether for the treatment of depression, autism or schizophrenia, is at a virtual standstill. As just one example, the antidepressants on the market today are no more effective at reversing the mood disorder than those that first became available in the 1950s. New thinking is...

Ayahuasca Could Revolutionize Psychotherapy

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Author: Olivia LaVecchia

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Tracy James knew the drug she’d just swallowed was working when her old injuries from high school started twitching with new life. Pressure throbbed from a forgotten busted knee. Her ankle tingled. The fingers she’d sprained roller-skating decades back began to ache. Whatever the 37-year-old had just taken, it shot feeling...

Ayahuasca, Alternative Medicine and the Amazon Rainforest

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“One wonders how people in primitive societies, with no knowledge of chemistry or physiology, ever hit upon a solution to the activation of an alkaloid by a monoamine oxidase inhibitor. Pure experimentation? Perhaps not.” — Richard Evans Schultes, An Overview of Hallucinogens in the Western Hemisphere “In the Amazon and other...

Ayahuasca – An Enlightening World Within

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For centuries, Amazonian shamans have used ayahuasca as a window into the soul. The sacrament, they claim, can cure any illness. The author joins in this ancient ritual and finds the worlds within more terrifying—and enlightening—than ever imagined. I will never forget what it was like. The overwhelming misery. The certainty of never-ending...