Ayahuasca—also known as “the tea,” vine of the soul, la purga, and yagé—is a brew made from the stalks of the Banisteriopsis caapi vine and the leaves of the Psychotria viridis shrub, which contains the hallucinogenic drug DMT. This drink was used for spiritual and religious purposes by ancient Amazonians and is still used as a sacred beverage by some Indigenous communities in South America. A carefully guided ayahuasca journey starts with drinking the tea and involved being led by an experienced shaman on an emotionally and physically intense multi-day experience, usually accompanied by vomiting and hallucinating. Many people report that these journeys help them work through memories of traumatic events, which is why neuroscientists are beginning to study ayahuasca as a treatment for depression and PTSD. Please be aware that the substance remains illegal in most of the world. As with all hallucinogens, there are physical and psychological risks to consuming ayahuasca, and with the rise of tourist interest, there also has been a rise in questionable ayahuasca preparations sold by unskilled individuals. We’ve started gathering valuable information on this topic, but haven’t yet curated the findings.


Honoring The Indigenous Roots Of The Psychedelic Movement | Bia Labate

A presentation and discussion on the continuities and discontinuities between the world of sacred plants and that of psychedelic science.


Ralph Metzner: My First Ayahuasca Experience


Dennis McKenna—The Psychedelic Pioneer: How Plant Medicine Can Save Humanity | London Real

Dennis McKenna is the American ethnopharmacologist, author, and psychedelic expert. Across the past 4 decades he has been a pioneer in psychedelic discovery and the use of plant medicines, including psilocybin, DMT, and Ayahuasca, alongside his late brother Terence McKenna.


Dennis McKenna: What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been (Portland Psychedelic Conference 2018)

This is a recording from Portland Psychedelic Conference 2018


Dr Jeremy Narby - Ayahuasca Rollercoaster

Jeremy is an anthropologist and a leading author and investigator of intelligence in nature and the traditional knowledge systems of indigenous Amazonian peoples. His books include ‘The Cosmic Serpent’, ‘Intelligence in Nature’ and ‘Shamans Through Time’.


Can Ayahuasca Promote Peace in the Middle East? Conversations with Palestinians and Israelis

Psychedelic Science Summit: Austin, Texas (November 1-3, 2019) Speaker: Natalie Lyla Ginsberg, M.S.W. A collaboration between MAPS and the Centre for Psychedelic Research at Imperial College London, Antwan Saca, Leor Roseman, Ph.D., and Natalie Ginsberg, M.S.W.


My History With Ayahuasca 1/3 (DMT: The Spirit Molecule) | Bia Labate

From DMT: The Spirit Molecule (2011)


Introducing Bia Labate, PhD - Soltara Science & Culture Coordinator

We are pleased and honored to introduce Bia Labate, PhD, to the Soltara advisory team as Science and Culture Coordinator. Bia Labate has a Ph.D. in social anthropology from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil.


The War on Consciousness

What is death? Our materialist science reduces everything to matter, materialist science in the West says that we are just meat, we’re just our bodies. So when the brain is dead, that’s the end of consciousness, there is no life after death, there is no soul; we just rot and are gone.


MINDSET Lecture Series: Natalie Ginsberg, MSW

Natalie Ginsberg, MSW, discusses ayahuasca and the healing potential of psychedelics for intergenerational trauma in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.


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