Ayahuasca is an entheogenic
brew made out of Banisteriopsis caapi vine and other ingredients.
The city council of Oakland, California, unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday that decriminalizes the use of entheogenic
plants, a category that includes flora such as "magic mushrooms," cactuses, and iboga, that can induce a psychedelic experience.
She drank a tea, "spiritual medicine," made by a shaman or healer from the entheogenic
("generating the divine within") ayahuasca plant that has psychoactive properties.
activity is sought orally, it must be combined with a MAO activity inhibitor, whether it is natural (such as [beta]-carbolines) or synthetic (Fantegrossi, Murnane & Reissig, 2008).
He has worked extensively with Tibetan Buddhism, the Native American Church, and with entheogenic
The Ayahuasca Reader crackles with stored energy; cultivators of cosmic perspectives, herbal practitioners, students of world spiritualities, and newcomers to the entheogenic
experience alike will find themselves immersed in this dense collection.
The testimony, meanwhile, of entheogenic
experience puts this familiar leftist-atheist standpoint in question.
The first volume covers histories and practices from such perspectives as Aristophanes' parody of Socrates as a pothead and the Spartan cult of the wolf, the formation of hippie spirituality, and evolutionary views of entheogenic
But the drugs which cause addiction are themselves the shadow side of the naturally produced entheogenic
agents of the shaman.
Cleansing the Doors of Perception: The Religious Significance of Entheogenic
Plants and Chemicals.
Even today, it is within this paradoxical semantic space that sacramental use of a psychoactive substance such as peyote has been legitimated by the United States government, which deems the entheogenic
practices of the Native American Church as "non-drug use" of the otherwise illegal drug peyote (Parker, 2001).
Closer to our time, the well-known American visionary and entheogenic
artist Mex Grey described how during an LSD trip with his wife-to-be they both seemed to visit the "same transpersonal space ...