Category: Spirit Medicine

A traditional Amazonian psychedelic brew is an effective and rapid-acting antidepressant, according to a paper just published. But the new study revives some long-standing questions. Ayahuasca is a mixture of herbs, traditionally used for spiritual and therapeutic purposes. The main active ingredients are N,N-DMT, a potent psychedelic, and several molecules […]

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The rare deaths of Canadians who have travelled to the Peruvian Amazon to consume a hallucinogen called ayahuasca have raised questions about the drug. Here are some answers: What is ayahuasca? Ayahuasca (pronounced EYE-ah-waas-kuh) tea is traditionally brewed from plants found in the Amazon. The formula varies, but the beverage always contains the bark of […]

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April 24, 2018 Five years ago, Sebastian Woodroffe decided to quit his job and leave his home in Canada and travel thousands of miles to the Amazon rain forests to study the healing rituals of indigenous shamans. A relative’s battle with alcoholism inspired the then-36-year-old father to go, Woodroffe explained in a YouTube video. He was particularly interested […]

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(Credit: Shutterstock) In a 1973 study, scientists at the University of Chicago fitted cocaine-dependent rhesus monkeys with stainless steel catheter harnesses, allowing them to self-administer PCP to until they were “highly intoxicated.” This type of research isn’t exactly unusual — for decades, humans have been pumping primates full of psychedelics […]

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