CNN: ESC’s work is “one of six things to know about ayahuasca”

CNN: ESC’s work is “one of six things to know about ayahuasca”

Could Ayahuasca be the next medicinal marijuana? From CNN. Is ayahuasca a natural remedy for anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder or just another drug fad? Lisa Ling goes inside an ayahuasca ceremony in the Amazon on this week’s episode of “This Is Life With Lisa Ling: Jungle Fix” Sunday, October 26, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. (CNN) — Imagine discovering a plant that has the potential to help alleviate post-traumatic stress disorder, suicidal thoughts and paralyzing anxiety. That’s what some believe ayahuasca can do, and this psychedelic drink is attracting more and more tourists to the Amazon. If you Google “ayahuasca,” you’ll find a litany of stories about Hollywood celebrities espousing its benefits, as well as the dangers of this relatively unstudied substance that triggers hallucinations. On this Sunday’s episode of “This Is Life,” Lisa Ling goes inside an ayahuasca ceremony in Peru and talks to the men and women who are drinking this potent brew in hopes that it will alleviate their mental and emotional traumas. Here are six things to know about ayahuasca, which some call a drug and others call a medicine: War Vets are seeking it for PTSD Former Marine Lance Cpl. Ryan LeCompte organizes trips to Peru for war veterans, like himself, who are seeking ayahuasca as a possible treatment for PTSD and other emotional and mental trauma suffered after multiple combat deployments. He says he’s aware of the risks, as there’s very little known about ayahuasca’s effect on the body, but he says “it’s a calculated risk.” “Ayahuasca is a way to give relief to those who are suffering,” says LeCompte, who says many veterans are...
Listen to ESC Co-Founder on the Entheogenic Evolution

Listen to ESC Co-Founder on the Entheogenic Evolution

ESC Co-Founder Jonathan Thompson was featured on Martin Ball’s Entheogenic Evolution Podcast. The two discuss the ESC’s origins, the latest groundbreaking work with the Ayahuasca Dialogues, the World Ayahuasca Conference in Spain, the economics of how ayahuasca can help save the rainforest, ayahuasca safety, the prospects for future ESC Plant Dialogues, the ESC’s partnership to do sustainable ayahuasca and chacruna cultivation pilot tests in Peru, the ESC’s Indiegogo campaign, and many other topics. Download the podcast now. Visit the podcast...
New podcast: How to stay safe when trying ayahuasca

New podcast: How to stay safe when trying ayahuasca

ESC Co-Founder and Executive Director Joshua Wickerham is featured on Amber Lyon’s Reset.Me podcast “How To Stay Safe When Trying Ayahuasca.” Listen to learn recommendations on how to choose a center that is best for you and the value of the “integration process.” Share this with your friends so they can gain from the podcast and learn about what the ESC is doing to work with communities and ayahuasca centers to improve safety and sustainability practices. Amber, an Emmy award-winning investigative journalist has shared the personal ayahuasca experiences which have transformed her...
Ayahuasca Dialogues podcast on Soundart Radio

Ayahuasca Dialogues podcast on Soundart Radio

The ESC’s Co-Founder and Executive Director, Joshua Wickerham joins Soundart Radio host and ESC Research and Outreach Coordinator Ellen Percival to discuss the founding of the ESC, as well as the ideas, experiences, and principles that are growing the organization. As ayahuasca demand grows, the ESC aims to ensure that traditional knowledge holders and practitioners benefit economically, socially and environmentally while keeping seekers safe. Listen for a broad overview of how the ESC is stewarding Plant Dialogues with healers, ayahuasca centers, policy makers, and other stakeholders to develop consensus on good practices around the safe use and sustainability of this important medicine. Listen now: http://www.ethnobotanicalcouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/ESC-SoundArt-Podcast.mp3 Download MP3 file: ESC SoundArt...
ESC Advisors featured in BBC article on Ayahuasca

ESC Advisors featured in BBC article on Ayahuasca

ESC Special Advisor Dennis McKenna and Chief Advisor Joshua Wickerham were quoted in a BBC article “Why do people take Ayahuasca?” published April 29, 2014. This story copyright British Broadcasting Corporation, April 29, 2014: Why do people take ayahuasca? British student Henry Miller, 19, died in Colombia after apparently consuming the traditional hallucinogenic drink ayahuasca, or yage. Emma Thelwell, who took the drug herself, explains why it has become a rite of passage for some backpackers. I had never swallowed a pill at a party. Yet there I was in the depths of a Colombian bamboo forest, knocking back a liquid containing a psychoactive drug – under the supervision of a shaman who didn’t speak a word of English. During my month in Colombia I didn’t join the thousands of backpackers indulging in the country’s most famous product – cocaine. But I was sold on ayahuasca. I was intrigued by the fact that for centuries, South America’s indigenous societies have used this “teacher plant” in regular rituals. Ayahuasca, also known as yage, is a blend of two plants – the ayahuasca vine (Banisteriopsis caapi) and a shrub called chacruna (Psychotria viridis), which contains the hallucinogenic drug dimethyltryptamine (DMT). DMT – and therefore ayahuasca – is illegal in the UK, the US and many other countries. Ayahuasca could have serious implications for somebody who has a history of mental health problems, warns the UK’s Talk To Frank website. The drug could be responsible for triggering such a problem in those who are predisposed but unaware of it. But in South America ayahuasca is an integral part of some tribal societies. In 2008, Peru’s government...
Listen to the ESC on the Psychonautica podcast

Listen to the ESC on the Psychonautica podcast

The ESC Chief Advisor had the pleasure of sitting down with Psychonautica co-hosts KMO and Olga in Brooklyn to share the latest on the ESC’s work. Listen here. From the notes of the Psychonautica podcast website: KMO kicks off this month’s episode of the Psychonautica podcast by reading a classic LSD trip report from artificial intelligence researcher Ben Goertzel. After that, Joshua Wickerham tells KMO and Olga about the mission of the Ethnobotanical Stewardship Council. According to their website, “The Ethnobotanical Stewardship Council is a nonprofit organization dedicated to assuring the sustainable and safe use of traditional plants, and enriching the communities who work with them.” Easier said than done. Listen in as the Psychonautica co-hosts press Joshua for the nitty gritty. Listen...
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