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...
ESC featured in cover story about ayahuasca’s therapeutic benefits

ESC featured in cover story about ayahuasca’s therapeutic benefits

The Ethnobotanical Stewardship Council was featured and the ESC’s chief adviser, Joshua Wickerham, was quoted in this well-balanced story about the therapeutic benefits of the traditional South American plant medicine ayahuasca. The story also features quotes from ESC supporters Rick Doblin and Dennis McKenna, along with therapists like Gabor Mate. Read more about the ESC’s plant dialogues model and our flagship “Ayahuasca Dialogues”. Read the entire article “How Ayahuasca Can Revolutionize Psychotherapy” here. Please help fund the Ayahuasca Dialogues by donating to the ESC...
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