May 15, 2017

Ayahuasca is heading down the road to become a prescription drug. The government gave a group of researchers the go-ahead to start phase 1 clinical trials in healthy adults. They'll give aya to people who...

April 11, 2017

Two research organizations are partnering with an ayahuasca center in Peru for the largest-ever study of aya — hundreds, possibly thousands of drinkers. Most past studies find aya helps more than it hurts,...

January 14, 2017

A lit review of 28 peer-reviewed studies found aya is generally good for you. Overall, it "increased introspection and positive mood," "improved planning and inhibitory control" and, it said, "long-term ay...

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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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