An Introduction to Yopo in the Venezuelan Piaroan Tradition

An Introduction to Yopo in the Venezuelan Piaroan Tradition

Rafael Meneses details his journey with yopo seeds, which contain 5-HO DMT, DM and 5-MeO-DMT. He talks about how the use of yopo and the contact with Piaroan shaman Rufino Pónare changed his life, the ways the Venezuelan Piaroa tribes traditionally use yopo, the effects it has and the benefits it has brought to the people working with it…

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Do You Need to Travel to South America to Drink Ayahuasca?

Do You Need to Travel to South America to Drink Ayahuasca?

The question of whether it is necessary to travel to South America to drink ayahuasca is a common one. It is a question regularly chewed over in ayahuasca forums without any lasting consensus drawn. For some it makes most sense to go to South America to work with ayahuasca and the indigenous shamans; for others it is simply not a viable option, for various reasons…

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Should you Drink Ayahuasca with an Indigenous or a Western Shaman?

Should you Drink Ayahuasca with an Indigenous or a Western Shaman?

One of the most common questions asked by those seeking out an ayahuasca experience is whether it is necessary to drink the ayahuasca with an indigenous ayahuasca shaman or a Western shaman. The answer to this is probably not cut and dried and there are some important considerations for choosing an appropriate shaman, whatever their nationality or location…

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