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What It's Like Inside
a Ayahuasca Church
Feb 4, 2023 4:10 PM CST
What It's Like Inside a Ayahuasca Church
Participants claim they're healed, though a crackdown could be coming. The AP digs in
- One night in October in a small town in Utah, a mix of military veterans, corporate executives, thrill seekers, ex-members of a polygamous Mormon sect and a man who supposedly struck it rich on a game show converged for a $900 "healing" weekend. Together, overseen by a Colombian shaman,...
Another City Decriminalizes
Jun 5, 2019 7:27 AM CDT
Another City Decriminalizes Magic Mushrooms
Oakland, Calif., follows Denver's lead
- Oakland, Calif., has followed Denver's lead in decriminalizing magic mushrooms—but also peyote and ayahuasca. The move came Tuesday after a unanimous vote by the Oakland City Council, which directed law enforcement to stop investigating and prosecuting individuals for possession or use of plant-derived hallucinogens, reports
Prosecutors: Tourist Lynched
in Amazon Had Bought a Pistol
Apr 24, 2018 5:40 PM CDT
Prosecutors: Tourist Lynched in Amazon Had Bought a Pistol
Prosecutors say Sebastian Woodroffe is main suspect in shaman's killing
- The Canadian man lynched in the Amazon last Thursday is the No. 1 suspect in the death of an octogenarian shaman, prosecutors say. Reuters reports on the new evidence that brought them to that conclusion: a silver-colored pistol prosecutor Ricardo Jimenez says Sebastian Woodroffe purchased in early April. They were...
In Peru's Amazon, a Shaman Is
Killed, Then a Tourist Lynched
Apr 23, 2018 2:33 AM CDT
In Peru's Amazon, a Shaman Is Killed, Then a Tourist Lynched
Police investigating the death of Sebastian Woodroffe, 41
- The death of a Canadian man is making headlines for its location, manner, and the murkiness around it. The body of Sebastian Woodroffe was found in a shallow grave Saturday in the Ucayali region of Peru's Amazon by police who began searching for the 41-year-old after a video was...
Hipsters Are Healing
Their Souls With
in case you missed it
Sep 17, 2016 4:25 PM CDT
Hipsters Are Healing Their Souls With 'Grandmother' Drug
Amazon's ayahuasca is said to offer therapeutic benefits—though not without a cost
- A psychedelic concoction known as yage, or ayahuasca, has been brewed in indigenous communities in the Amazon region for centuries. But now it's found a relatively new audience: Americans immersed in what Ariel Levy, writing for the
, calls "the Age of Kale," who are tapping...
Ritual in Peru
Dec 18, 2015 9:59 AM CST
Tourist Killed in Psychedelic Ritual in Peru
Brit allegedly attacked Canadian with a knife, was killed
- Phoenix Ayahuasca describes itself as "offering a safe and supportive place to experience plant medicines" near Iquitos, in the Peruvian Amazon. On Wednesday, things went wrong. Witnesses say a British man was killed during a bad trip after consuming a hallucinogenic brew at Phoenix Ayahuasca, which the
May Help Depression
Apr 12, 2015 1:00 PM CDT
Hallucinogenic Brew May Help Depression
Results from first human clinical trial of ayahuasca are promising
- A psychedelic brew from the jungles of Brazil shows promise as a treatment for depression—in fact, as a treatment for those who don't respond to more traditional medication. Researchers at the University of Sao Paulo have just published the results of the first clinical trial involving the anti-depressant...
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