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  • Ayahuasca History Essay

    Ultimately, Ayahuasca history cannot be traced through the ages, however some facts are able to be found regarding this plant native to the Amazon. To begin with, Dennis McKenna’s article “Ayahuasca: An Ethoparmacologic History” says, “The origin of the use of ayahuasca in the Amazon Basin are lost in the mists past of prehistoric” (McKenna). The history of this enlightening tea is only known to the people looking to obtain higher consciousness and to the shamans that hold the keys of enlightenment. Furthermore, according to an article in the National Geographic Adventure Magazine states that, shamans of the Amazon consume ayahuasca as a sacrament for a “window into the soul” (6). The legends of this sacrament predate any writings on ayahuasca. Illustrated in the article “Ayahuasca: An Ethoparmacologic History” not knowing how ayahuasca was discovered is something we have to live with through the ages although a lot of delightful myths are circling the drug. The UDV says that the knowledge came from King Solomon, who bestowed his insight to the Inca king during his supposed visit to the New World (McKenna). Shifting from legends to the scientific realm, in 1851 the botanist Richard Spruce came upon the hallucinogenic tea among the Tukano of the Rio Uapes in Brazil ([Schultes 1982] 1). Moving forward to the nineteenth century, reports…

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  • Psychedelic Drugs In The Shamans Of The Amazon

    worship. After watching “Shamans of the Amazon, ” one will discover another way to find these answers, using the Ayahuasca. In this film review, I will give a brief explanation of the film and then discuss the use of psychedelic drugs in religion. I will then compare and contrast the use of psychedelic drugs in the Shaman’s religion with the recreational use of psychedelic drugs today. The “Shamans of the Amazon” is…

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  • Ayahuasca Research Paper

    If one types “Ayahuasca ____ Insert South American country” into google search bar the first link that will come up is a website for an Ayahuasca retreat. Though, Ayahuasca can be found on the streets, it is mostly sought after through the internet. The most commonly used resource for Ayahuasca seekers is ayaadvice.org, which is a tripadvisor like website included with a review system and location tracker for retreats. Unlike most drugs, Ayahuasca is taken in a very ritualistic setting. When…

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  • Shamanism: Spiritual Healing Practice

    Tourists would embark on their journeys with other pilgrims through the deep forests and villages of Peru on their way to achieve spiritual and medicinal healing. In this region, Ayahuasca, which is a medicinal mixture made with yage and mixed with other herbs and plants. In Peru the tourism for healing by Shamans is on the rise as there a tour companies, Ayahuasca retreats, and villagers that open their homes to strangers especially for the use of Ayahuasca. The economic factors of the…

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  • Informative Essay On Psychedelic Drugs

    long-neglected field.(Department of Psychiatry, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center)” The results of this study show how important psychedelic drugs are to psychiatry and how much this society requires them. If the use of these drugs was widely accepted and legal, then less people would have to suffer. In another study conducted by MAPS ayahuasca was administered to several subjects whom have been suffering with addiction. Ayahuasca is a tropical vine native to the Amazon region, noted for its…

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  • Metamorphosis Movie Analysis

    this realization they were able to find consolation in this spiritual cleansing. The video also frightened me. It was very demonic and dark, making me think of this ayahuasca tour as a form of Vudu. Personally, I would now go on this ayahuasca tour. I feel that I have my own way of spiritual cleaning as my main reason for not wanting to participate. Also, the trip seems very expensive and its not guaranteed that I will get the most out of it. When I would return home what would be different in…

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  • Drug Induced Craving

    Their goal is to bring motivational music to their fans and they sing about family, motivation, love and their kids. They are mostly professionals who take their singing seriously. Drugs and alcohol are unacceptable according to their bi-laws. Winkelman, M. (2005). Drug tourism or spiritual healing? Ayahuasca seekers in Amazonia. Journal of psychoactive drugs 37 (2). Retrieved from ProQuest Central. This article focuses on users being involved in a retreat setting which allow them to get…

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  • Hallucinogens: Long And Short Term Effects

    Hallucinogens Hallucinogens are a very addictive drug that can cause many problems for people that are addicted to them or people that used them for the first time. There are also bad long term effects and short term effects for using hallucinogens. Most people that use hallucinogens are between the age of 15 and 29. Therefore hallucinogens can be very dangerous for all ages. Long and short term effects From using hallucinogens, there could be consequences, both long term and short term. Some…

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  • Life History Theory Essay

    or stigmatized as it is in America. Ideologies about psychotropic drugs in current America are not shared by indigenous or traditional people 's usage of the same drugs (Saniotis, 2010). There are both religious and spiritual traditions that pertain the usage of psychotropic drugs. Cannabis is still used today in religious context within India. Kava and peyote are still used today by Pacific islanders and Midwestern American desert Indians, respectively. The indigenous shamans in South America…

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  • Drugs In The 1970's

    Throughout world history, societies have used drugs, such as ayahuasca, opium, and marijuana, for spiritual and medicinal purposes. Even in our own country during the, heroin was prescribed to treat respiratory illness and cocaine was consumed recreationally via Coca-Cola products. In relatively recent years, however, the American government enacted numerous policies targeting the sale, possession, and use of specific drugs. In 1915, The Harrison Narcotics act enforced a policy with restrictions…

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