Animating ayahuasca: This is what a powerful trip feels like [VIDEO]

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Fred Harper
Dennis McKenna is a professor at the University of Minnesota, and an ethnobotanist by trade. Much of his work has focused on one thing: ayahuasca, the psychedelic that is the subject of this week's cover story.

"My whole professional career turned out to be about ayahuasca," McKenna says. "There was nothing more interesting on my radar."

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In addition to his research, McKenna has drunk the hallucinogenic brew himself "several hundred" times, he guesses, since 1981. A decade later, he experienced one of his most powerful ayahuasca visions.

It was the summer of 1991, and McKenna had been invited to Brazil for a conference organized by the Uniao do Vegetal, a syncretic church that treats ayahuasca as a sacrament. At the end of the trip, he joined in one of the UDV's ceremonies.

At dusk on a humid and balmy night, McKenna walked over to the church's temple. In a room with 500 others, he drank first one cup of the brownish liquid, then a second.

"It was like being borne upwards in a high-speed elevator," McKenna writes in his new book, The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss."I had the sense that this was one elevator it would be hard to exit before reaching the top floor."

McKenna plunged in. Here's his own description, set to original illustrations by Fred Harper.

The Ayahuasca Trip from Voice Media Group on Vimeo.

This was just the beginning of McKenna's immersion into a molecular roller coaster ride through photosynthesis. Check out the rest in this two-part video of a reading he gave from his book.
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DoctorPod
DoctorPod

Interesting video. DM is the man. But no two experiences are alike. My favorite depiction is the last 20 min of Jan Kounen's 2004 movie Renegade (aka Bluberry aka L'Experience Secrete).

orangevening1
orangevening1

It's a shame that drugs like ibogaine and ayahuasca are not legal in country. They are extremely effective for addictions esp. opiates. They are not addictive in themselves (hallucinatives are not addictive in general).

This could help a lot of people and save society a lot of money.

And another thing Ron Dazzle education does not equal promotion

Marcus Nielson
Marcus Nielson

Ran Dazzle legal "drugs" do more damage than illegal ones. I include caffeine and sugar in that category too

Lindsey Richardson
Lindsey Richardson

If you know anything. Its for healing and spiritual growth. You need to be supervised, and guided along.

Ran Dazzle
Ran Dazzle

if you take illegal drugs for anything other than medical marijuana I don't care what happens to you..

Ran Dazzle
Ran Dazzle

should we really be promoting this type of thing?

Nathaniel Hodne
Nathaniel Hodne

haha, i dont think any one who has never tripped before can actually understand what it is to trip. Just saying.

qtaxq
qtaxq

I guess your the expert? It seems odd to me that millions of people have taken unguided trips with very positive results

alex.csont97
alex.csont97

@Ran Dazzle I don't care what happens to you no matter what you take. I don't care what you put in your body, we can all take whatever we see fit, it shouldn't be anyone else's concern.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@Ran Dazzle makes me go HMMMMMMMMMM????

qtaxq
qtaxq

should we promote prozac?

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