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Ayahuasca: coming to a clinic near you?

“If done with the appropriate support and preparation in place, it’s incredibly safe,” she says, pointing out there’s also a risk in taking antibiotics. “It’s a matter of taking appropriate precautions.” Ayahuasca, he says, “doesn’t solve the problem. It gives you hints on how to solve your own problems.

“In Brazil, they’re [researching] the tea, where they cut the two plants, boil them together, and get a tea they administer,” she explains. “They can standardize that, so you know the actual concentrations.” … “People don’t die of ayahuasca, they die of improper support,” she says. Something happened and they hit their head, she says, or sometimes a purgative taken before hand can poison them. Or, “somebody has underlying psychosis, and someone stabbed someone else in the ceremony. They’re not ODing—something about the set or the setting caused the fatality.”

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