Ayahuasca, a South American plant-based drink containing the psychoactive compound DMT, has long been venerated by the native peoples of South America for its divinatory and healing properties. Denounced by early Spanish missionaries as a work of the devil this drug allows users to supposedly commune directly with plant and animal spirits and, by purging negative energy, it can induce a spiritual awakening or rebirth. However it must be administered by a true shaman. Disreputable brujos in Peru have been known to induce tourists to take the drug with the sinister intent of stealing their life energy.

Danny Diskin combines the roles of scientist, teacher, ethnographic researcher and psychonaut and is a member of the Ayahuasca church of Santo Daime. Ayahuasca has been declared illegal in many territories. Would you take it? Should we not be sovereign over our own bodies? Danny discusses his own visionary experiences in Brazil and the UK.

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