November 26, 2016

In a sign of the growing interest, the second World Ayahuasca Conference happened a month ago in the Amazon in Brazil; the first was in Ibiza in 2014; 750 people attended this one. One slogan was, "Ayahuas...

October 20, 2016

A study suggests that DMT protects brain cells from anoxic death. I can't repeat it often enough, because it seems too crazy to be true, but here it is again: DMT, which is the world's most powerful psyche...

September 15, 2016

An ayahuasca church in Florida is shutting down after receiving a letter from the DEA asking them to ask permission before continuing. The center, SoulQuest, has hired a lawyer, and a Florida TV news team'...

August 16, 2016

A highly respected research organization is asking for participants in a survey about the power of ayahuasca to heal PTSD. There is anecdotal evidence that it does. For example, a Boulder-based nonprofit b...

July 4, 2016

In a forthcoming paper, Ayahuasca was seen to stimulate the "birth" of new brain cells. Researchers took cell cultures containing neuronal stem cells, and, adding alkaloids present in the ayahuasca vine, t...

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Quick primer: Ayahuasca is a mixture of two jungle plants in a tea. The Amazon natives concocted it. Now, people all over are nuts about it. For some, it's the funnest thing you can legally do on a Saturday night. For some, it's a conduit to god. For still others, it's just an unpleasant, dizzying cup of syrup of ipecac. I have my own thoughts about the whole thing, but nevermind. I'm just here to give the news. 

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Ayahuasca is a  jungle vine that allows your brain's natural psychedelic, DMT, to persist and affect you. I first encountered it when Karla took me to visit her family in the Amazon nine years ago. Her tribe, the Shipibo, has used it for hundreds, thousand of years, and her mom drank it for stomachaches as a little girl. So it's either children's Tylenol or uber-LSD, or both. But for unknown reasons, it helps depression, drug addiction and acedia — at least it did for me.

Reilly Capps // reporter
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