Ayahuasca. Photo by Zoe Helene

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MP3 of Chris Kilham on Valley Free Radio

Chris Kilham on The Ayahuasca Test Pilots Handbook
Valley Free Radio: As Seen on Radio
with Lee Shuer (Dj leisure)

Ayahuasca, traditionally administered in special healing ceremonies by highly trained shamans known as ayahuasceros, is sometimes referred to as a hallucinogen. But it is no such thing. For while a hallucinogen produces visual phenomena rooted in the individual psyche, ayahuasca opens up channels to the spirit world, and the drinker/participant bears witness to that landscape. Best to name ayahuasca a sacred plant medicine. For among those with whom the ceremonial healing use of ayahuasca is a way of life, the brew is referred to as “La Medicina,” the medicine.

December 2014