Plant Medicines

Ameenah Gurib-Fakim: Plant Advocate and International Leader

By Sandra Nomoto Politician, scientist, author, lecturer, and entrepreneur Ameenah Gurib-Fakim served as the sixth and first female and Muslim President of Mauritius from 2015 to 2018, without a political background. Born in Surinam, Mauritius in 1959, Gurib-Fakim grew up in the small village of Plaine Magnien, a place of ethnic, social, and cultural diversity, …

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Aerial drone image of the rainforest and a small river at Amboro National Park, Bolivia

Ayahuasca: A Brew that Reveals You

By Sandra Nomoto Adults around the world are learning about Ayahuasca (also known as yagé) and experiencing its effects. Ayahuasca is a brew made out of the Banisteriopsis caapi vine and other ingredients such as the shrub chacruna/chacrona (Psychotria viridis), native to Amazon countries such as Peru. Annually, thousands of people visit the region to …

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Plant Psychedelics 101

Psychedelics can be associated with the experimental 1960/70s era or as the occasional party drug. But what exactly are psychedelics, and where are they derived in nature? Psychedelic substances can produce intensified sensory perception, perceptual distortion and/or hallucinations, and feelings of extreme euphoria, or despair. Betel nut (Areca catechu), cocaine (Erythroxylum coca), opium poppy (Papaver …

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