The Dangers of Over-Popularizing Ayahuasca: False Expectations and Bad Reputations

I first read about ayahuasca on erowid.org in 2002. Even though this medicine was gaining popularity at the time, none of my friends—experienced psychonauts—had used it or even heard about it. Now, when ayahuasca comes up in conversation, even those who aren’t part of the psychedelic community usually recognize the name. “Oh, yeah, that’s what […]

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The Universal Archetypes of Ayahuasca Dreams and Making Sense of Your Own Visions

If you’re curious about ayahuasca visions, Benny Shanon is a name you should know. Shanon is a professor of psychology and ayahuasca researcher best known for his theory that entheogens fueled ancient societies’ search for spirituality and his research on the psychology of ayahuasca. He is also one of the first researchers to attempt to […]

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The Spiritual and Therapeutic Benefits of Icaros Songs in an Ayahuasca Ceremony

Timothy Leary wrote that set and setting—the physical environment and psycho-emotional state of an individual during a psychedelic experience—are perhaps the most important factors in how beneficial the experience is for a given person. Psychedelic medicines can open the door to self-healing and a deeper understanding of the world, but the potency—and potential pitfalls—of these […]

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Ayahuasca Tourism: How a Psychedelic Therapist Can Help You Stay Safe When Traveling Abroad

My most intense sexual experience and most intense psychedelic experience happen to be one and the same. After an ayahuasca ceremony, my boyfriend and I were resting in our room. Despite warnings that sex after ayahuasca can cause strong emotional complications, we decided we were ready to explore it. During the act, the psychological effects […]

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