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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The Magic of Psilocybin Mushrooms

By Sandra Nomoto Prehistoric art in Europe shows that psilocybin mushrooms, commonly known as psychedelic/hallucinogenic mushrooms, magic mushrooms, or “shrooms,” may have been used thousands of years ago. In 1958, scientist Albert Hofmann discovered psilocybin and psilocin, the active compounds in the plant. The use of psychedelic drugs including psilocybin mushrooms followed in the 1960’s, …

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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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