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  1. Our Vegetables Segment, on Αyahuasca.

    January 14, 2012 by brandonjoyce

    “No, that’s all you.”

    This week, we’ll be reviewing ayahuasca, the intense and emetic Amazonian hallucinogen long used among various South American communities, in their shamanic practices.

    Αyahuasca was relatively unknown outside of these communities until the publications of freak/Harvard ethnobotanist Richard Evans Schultes. It was the Schultes lore that lured William Burroughs into the jungle, hoping to cure his opiate addiction, only to be greatly humbled by the encounter. He wrote about this— his “final fix”— in the epistolary Yage Letters, which make as good a brochure as any.