Ayahuasca is an herbal drink made from plants that grow in the Amazon jungle. For centuries, this tea has been used in healing ceremonies. The drink causes hallucinations and is said to have spiritual and therapeutic benefits. In recent years, it has attracted the attention of Western medicine as a possible treatment for depression.
The drug has also become popular with people seeking a “shaman experience.” According to the journal Nature, a booming industry has developed in South America, as thousands of people pay big money to attend retreats so they can sample ayahuasca’s “intense psychedelic insights.” However, the drink has also been linked to several deaths among “ayahuasca tourists.”
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