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itchytriggerniggerfingers
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http://www.smh.com.au/travel/travel-news/believers-see-the-light-deep-in-the-peruvian-jungle-20100821-139ti.html


Believers see the light deep in the Peruvian jungle Juan Forero
August 22, 2010


Peru: KEVIN Simmons, a 28-year-old American, says he was stuck - depressed, locked away in his home and taking months to answer an email.

He found the road to recovery deep in the Peruvian jungle, in the form of a sludge-like concoction the Indians call ''the sacred vine of the soul''.

The potion is ayahuasca, and increasingly it is becoming an elixir for foreigners grappling with everything from depression to childhood trauma. Visitors arrive in a jungle city of faded glory to participate in ayahuasca rituals offered by a range of healing centres.

Ayahuasca may taste like ground-up earth, but many leave praising the brew for having purged them of demons and given them an unprecedented clarity about life.

''It's provided a sense of OK-ness, this maternal reassurance that everything is all right,'' Mr Simmons said. ''It made me feel like trying again, reminding me of this beautiful internal world that we have.''

This city, on the murky Amazon in north-eastern Peru, has always lured outsiders seeking adventure, riches or redemption. Its heyday a century ago attracted rubber barons, but the end of the rubber boom brought decay to Iquitos.

Now the ayahuasca devotees are flowing in, searching for insight from a growing flock of shamans, or medicine men. Tour operators say the potion and the ceremonies in which it is consumed have become a cornerstone of the local industry.

American William Grimes, a former farmer who has spent much of the past 12 years here, said some of those who first came for the ayahuasca were drug users looking for an LSD-like high. But that quickly ended, and most now come seeking ayahuasca's medicinal properties and the experience of indigenous rituals.

''We're seeing people coming for three or four weeks at a time, going on special diets, staying in nice hotels, eating in nice restaurants and contributing to the economy,'' Mr Grimes said. ''I think it's good.''

Many visit the Blue Morpho ayahuasca centre, founded by Hamilton Souther. Mr Souther said he was fresh out of university, with an anthropology degree but feeling lost, when he had a spontaneous mystical experience. The message he received: go to Peru. He left California in 2001 and trained for nearly two years to be a master shaman.

He now holds forth at the retreat, on 70 lush hectares an hour from Iquitos. He mixes the brew and then officiates at night ceremonies, where he makes connections with spirits through his icaros, or chants, and the shaking of leaf rattles. ''Some people come to rid themselves of problems,'' Mr Souther, 32, explained. ''Other people come to transcend their past, other people come to release very strongly held identities about themselves to … reinvent themselves.''

But some people ''receive absolutely no benefit from drinking ayahuasca'', he said.

The plant is technically a hallucinogen - it contains a hallucinogenic alkaloid that is illegal in the US - and is not addictive. Rather, it has been shown to help overcome addictions, said Charles Grob, a professor of psychiatry and paediatrics at UCLA who oversaw an ayahuasca study in the 1990s.

Professor Grob said that there are no clinical studies to show ayahuasca alleviates depression but that the anecdotal evidence is tantalising.

''I believe, and my colleagues believe, that it holds great potential for helping us further understand the mind, the realm of internal experience, psycho-spiritual experience,'' he said. ''And it may have a very powerful potential on improving mental health.''

Those who run Blue Morpho say some users are taken on a terrifying journey replete with nightmarish visions. Ayahuasca also induces a severe gastro-intestinal reaction, leaving users retching and discharging from both ends.

''There is no way somebody would take ayahuasca as a recreational drug and then go out and party,'' said Malcolm Rossiter, an Australian who works at Blue Morpho.

Fellow Australian Danny Vulic, 36, who has come to Peru twice for ayahuasca, said the brew has helped guide him in life. ''You know, it is just really nurturing, caring, it is an amazing thing,'' he said. ''I am always quite willing to surrender to the medicine completely. I want the work to be done. I have full trust in it.''

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Ecotek
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I know fucking heaps of ppl that do it now... not so happy about it, doubt its sustainably produced >:(
itchytriggerniggerfingers
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Ecotek wrote :
I know fucking heaps of ppl that do it now... not so happy about it, doubt its sustainably produced >:(



I agree that DiMiTree is not for everyone, but I believe that only those that get something out of it would go back for seconds. As to sustainable, have you seen how much wattle grows right beside the M5 between Sydney / Canberra?
Impious
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I dunno. I tried DMT twice and it was just like acid. In any case I'm against drugs for the masses.
Impious
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Impious wrote :
In any case I'm against drugs for the masses.

And you know what? I think I'd even say that it's imprudent for anyone to abuse drugs.
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[quote="itchytriggerniggerfingers
I agree that DiMiTree is not for everyone, but I believe that only those that get something out of it would go back for seconds. As to sustainable, have you seen how much wattle grows right beside the M5 between Sydney / Canberra?[/quote]

what type of Wattle? is it the sap?
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Impious wrote :
Impious wrote :
In any case I'm against drugs for the masses.

And you know what? I think I'd even say that it's imprudent for anyone to abuse drugs.


So stop taking them.
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