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How some doctors are risking everything to unleash the healing power of MDMA, ayahuasca and other hallucinogens

How some doctors are risking everything to unleash the healing power of MDMA, ayahuasca and other hallucinogens

Dr. X is a dad. Appropriately – boringly – at 4:37 p.m. on a national holiday, he is lighting a charcoal grill, about to grab a pair of tongs with one hand and a beer with the other.

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A puke bucket and an ancient drug: is ayahuasca the future of PTSD treatment?

A puke bucket and an ancient drug: is ayahuasca the future of PTSD treatment?

I visited Peru to find out more about an intriguing ayahuasca study – and to have my own experience with the psychedelic brew...

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I had an 11-year addiction to heroin — and I beat it with ayahuasca

I had an 11-year addiction to heroin — and I beat it with ayahuasca

I started taking the Amazonian psychedelic ayahuasca two years ago because I had an 11-year addiction to heroin I couldn’t shake. Photo: Darryl Dyck, Associated Press

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What Ayahuasca Taught Me About Taking Care of My Health

What Ayahuasca Taught Me About Taking Care of My Health

Right now, I am undergoing what ayahuasca users call "integration." Following a ceremony, there's an indefinite period, maybe days or weeks, when the plant's lessons continue to seep in.

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Plant Hallucinogen Holds Hope for Diabetes Treatment

Plant Hallucinogen Holds Hope for Diabetes Treatment

For centuries, some indigenous groups in South America have relied on a brew made from the parts of a local vine and a shrub. Credit: Lisa Johnson Getty Images

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In Brazil, Some Inmates Get Therapy With Hallucinogenic Tea

In Brazil, Some Inmates Get Therapy With Hallucinogenic Tea

JI-PARANÁ, Brazil — As the night sky enveloped this outpost in Brazil’s Amazon basin, the ceremony at the open-air temple began simply enough.

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Psychedelic ayahuasca works against severe depression, study finds

Psychedelic ayahuasca works against severe depression, study finds

"Leon" is a young Brazilian man who has long struggled with depression. He keeps an anonymous blog, in Portuguese, where he describes the challenge of living with a mental illness that affects some 300 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.

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