[ibogaine] Fw: Ancient Amazon Brew Comes to Colombia's Cities

CCadden elgrekkko at carolina.rr.com
Thu Jan 2 18:54:56 EST 2003

it's got this curative power which i don't understand, but i can defnitely see it tackling an addiction. it seems to be an adaptogen, like ginseng, where it goes to and nourishes the parts of your physiology that need it the most. also, if you set your will towards accomplishing something at the outset  of the trip, it will help you get it. i was going to use it to attack my nicotine addiction for this very reason. 


  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: preston peet 
  To: ibogaine at mindvox.com 
  Sent: Thursday, January 02, 2003 5:39 PM
  Subject: Re: [ibogaine] Fw: Ancient Amazon Brew Comes to Colombia's Cities

  "simply Yage"? Hmmm.;-))
    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: David Minick 
    To: ibogaine at mindvox.com 
    Sent: Thursday, January 02, 2003 5:11 PM
    Subject: Re: [ibogaine] Fw: Ancient Amazon Brew Comes to Colombia's Cities

    Do you mean to say that ibogaine is simply Yage? Hmmmmm
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "preston peet" <ptpeet at nyc.rr.com>
    To: <ibogaine at mindvox.com>
    Sent: Thursday, January 02, 2003 10:21 AM
    Subject: [ibogaine] Fw: Ancient Amazon Brew Comes to Colombia's Cities

    > >Yage is not addictive, users say, in fact quite the opposite. At least
    > doctor has claimed that he has successfully cured addictions to cocaine
    > using the potion.<
    > ----- Original Message -----
    > From: Sanho Tree
    > To: stree at igc.org
    > Sent: Thursday, January 02, 2003 1:05 PM
    > Subject: Ancient Amazon Brew Comes to Colombia's Cities
    > Friends,
    > Here's a mainstream news story that wasn't inspired by a DEA coordinated
    > drug scare.  While one might have a few criticisms with the piece, it's
    > probably worth some supportive LTE's to newspapers that have the guts to
    > run it.
    > -Sanho
    > Ancient Amazon Brew Comes to Colombia's Cities
    > Reuters Thursday, January 2, 2003; 10:58 AM
    > By Jason Webb
    > BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - They crouch in a daze as the shaman plays the
    > harmonica, forcing themselves to gulp down a murky liquid so bitter it
    > makes them sick.
    > It is a long, dizzy night in a smoky room wheezing with ritual music. But,
    > perhaps just a precious few times, with their eyelids clamped shut, the
    > brew takes effect and they see visions. Colors flow into shapes, swirl
    > snap into focus.
    > Stick men may appear, or totemic animals such as the boa constrictor or
    > tiger, or Indian villages or submarine cities.
    > When morning comes, it's back to reality for the groups of people around
    > Colombia's capital Bogota who have been drinking yage, an Amazonic potion
    > which is attracting a following among urban intellectuals and artists.
    > as the shaman packs away his ritual fan and the nocturnal imbibers emerge
    > blinking into the traffic, they hope reality won't seem quite the same.
    > Yage makes you vomit repeatedly and gives you diarrhea. But users say they
    > feel physically cleansed, as well as mentally reinvigorated by a sense of
    > meaning attendant on the visions, a conviction of the existence of a world
    > beyond the material.
    > In the 1950s, the writer William Burroughs, a dedicated drug addict and
    > proto-drop-out, found out about the vile, bitter-tasting brew and came to
    > South America to look for it.
    > "All Medicine Men use it in their practice to foretell the future, locate
    > lost or stolen objects, name the perpetrator of a crime, to diagnose and
    > treat illness," he wrote in a letter to the British Journal of Addiction,
    > in which he recommended scientific research, speculating "perhaps even
    > spectacular results could be obtained with synthetic variations."
    > But the history of yage far predates Western counter-culture. For
    > centuries, the potion, together with the gnarled jungle vine used to brew
    > it, have been central to the religions of dozens of South American Indian
    > ethnic groups.
    > American-born Jimmy Weiskopf, a slightly-built 60-year-old whose blue eyes
    > open wide in a somewhat harrowed, wrinkled face, quotes an Indian shaman,
    > or "taita," in his new book "Yage, the new purgatory."
    > "When I am drunk with yage," one of them explains, "I fly up to the Milky
    > Way and talk with the spirits and they tell me how to cure. Sometimes, in
    > these visions, they show me a particular plant and the next day I go to
    > forest to find that plant and am able to cure the sick person."
    > Yage is a Colombian name. Peruvians use the Quechua word "ayahuasca,"
    > meaning "vine of the dead" or "vine of souls." The drink contains the
    > chemical dimethyltryptamine, or DMT -- a compound which is outlawed in the
    > United States and produces a similar class of effects to psychedelic drugs
    > such as LSD.
    > Perhaps with an eye to following the advice of William Burroughs, a
    > California-based businessman patented the yage vine in the 1980s, although
    > U.S. authorities took away the rights a decade later after complaints by
    > Amazon Indians.
    > U.S. law enforcers frown on yage, even if they have sometimes found it
    > to explain exactly why.
    > A federal judge recently ruled customs agents violated religious freedoms
    > when they confiscated ingredients from a Brazilian-inspired Church, known
    > as the "Union of the Vegetable," which used the brew in ceremonies in
    > Fe, New Mexico. The judge also said there was no proof that it was
    > Its use is permitted in much of South America, and has a certain cache in
    > the arty circles of Bogota, where even the mayor, a former mathematics
    > professor, has tried it.
    > Of dubious legality or not in the United States, the Internet is full of
    > ayahuasca information for American dabblers in drugs.
    > Often describing their visions in terms more reminiscent of sci-fi movies
    > than religious experience, many trippers dwell on the horrible side
    > and one recounts how he tried, unsuccessfully, to drown out the flavor
    > syrup.
    > A typical excerpt: "A little after 1:30, R got up to puke. K puked a
    > after that. Soon they were on their way to join me. We all arrived in
    > hyperspace around 1:45 or so."
    > Such louche accounts of narcotic tourism could hardly be further removed
    > tone from Weiskopf's professions of respect for the vine, which he insists
    > is a sacred plant.
    > He has taken the stuff for more than a decade, since his teenage sons
    > returned from a holiday with their mother in the jungles of Putumayo in
    > southern Colombia and intrigued their father with a story of drinking yage
    > in an Indian village.
    > "It seemed to have changed them, it seemed to have made them more mature
    > and it seemed to have been a very interesting, illuminating experience for
    > them," Weiskopf told Reuters at a cafe near his Bogota home.
    > These days, his yage sessions generally take place with friends in the
    > capital city. The 38-year-old war which scours Colombia's countryside has
    > forced many Indians, including taitas, to seek refuge in urban centers in
    > the past few years, spreading the practice of taking their visionary
    > In his book, so far published only in Spanish but eventually to be
    > available in English, Weiskopf likens the sense of their own
    > which is impressed on yage users to the humbling message of many
    > Those who drink see their faults with great clarity and are therefore
    > enabled to heal emotional problems, he said, also ascribing great
    > properties to the brew because of its ferocious expulsion of toxins from
    > the body.
    > Yage is not addictive, users say, in fact quite the opposite. At least one
    > doctor has claimed that he has successfully cured addictions to cocaine
    > using the potion.
    > Weiskopf, who has only rarely drunk yage without the guidance of a taita,
    > dismisses suggestions the drink, with its messy excretory effects, could
    > become a recreational drug.
    > While its visions offer glimpses of the sublime, a world in which users
    > feel hidden spirits are revealed to them, a night of yage-drinking can
    > often warm up with diabolic apparitions and a terrifying conviction of
    > imminent death.
    > "I think there's a spirit in the bottle and you have to liberate that
    > spirit. Now I think if you don't have a ritual and you don't do it on a
    > special occasion with reverence and with seriousness probably you're going
    > to have a very flat experience," said Weiskopf.
    > © 2003 Reuters
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