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.


Dr. Gabor Maté—Ayahuasca Healing at the Temple of the Way of Light

Physician, best-selling author and renowned speaker, Dr. Gabor Maté shares his experience drinking ayahuasca and receiving healing from the Shipibo Onanya at the Temple of the Way of Light in June 2019.


Joseph Tafur: Ayahuasca and Integrative Medicine Remix

Integrative Exploring the intersection between traditional ayahuasca healing and allopathic medicine.


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


Joe Tafur: The Potential Role of Epigenetics in Ayahuasca Shamanism

The Potential Role of Epigenetics in Ayahuasca Shamanism Drawing from my firsthand experience at Nihue Rao Centro Espiritual, a traditional healing center near Iquitos, in the Peruvian Amazon, I review a few case studies in which clients showed marked improvement in symptoms related to PTSD, depres...


Ayahuasca Shamanism in the Amazon and Beyond

Ayahuasca Shamanism in the Amazon and Beyond This presentation will offer an overview of the book “Ayahuasca Shamanism in the Amazon and Beyond”, co-edited by Beatriz Caiuby Labate and Clancy Cavnar, and published through Oxford University Press in 2014.


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’.


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

From DMT: The Spirit Molecule (2011)


The Pros and Cons of Ayahuasca’s Globalization | Bia Labate

Ayahuasca’s popularity has exploded in recent years. Once seen as a drug only the most adventurous would seek out and experience, it is now part of the mainstream conversation.


Jeremy Narby on Nature & Life Intelligence

Jeremy Narby, an anthropologist, discusses the intelligence of life, nature, ayahuasca and DNA communication. The interview also discusses how modern man has overlooked the inherent intelligence in nature.


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