Ayahuasca, also known as yagé, is a blend of two plants — the Ayahuasca vine and the shrub called chacruna. The chacruna contains DMT, a hallucinogen, thus making it illegal in the UK, the United States, and many other countries. However, in its origin, the Amazons, the medicinal drink remains to be part of their culture for almost five millennia.
Sometimes claimed to be a medicinal fad, the Amazonian drink has indeed captured the interests of the adventurous tourist, war soldiers dealing with PTSD, as well as celebrities. Here are some of the few celebrities who claim to be drinking the Ayahausca drink and enjoying the benefits of the said natural drug remedy.
The actor whose fame rose in the series “The Gossip Girl” said that he experienced Ayahausca retreat with an indigenous tribe in the Columbian rainforests, thinking that he would go back to New York City with a “glittering spiritual tool.” However, he also claims that he had difficulties purging during several ceremonies. He shared that the Ayahuaca experience allowed him to feel “one gleaming psychic arrow pointing towards his heart” and remains to be the most profound moment in his life.
In Sting’s autobiography, “Broken Music”, Sting devotes a total 60 pages of the book about his experience while traveling to the Amazon in Brazil together with his wife, Trudie Styler. There, they both tried Ayahuasca. “There is a definitely a higher intelligence at work in you during the experience,” the famous singer shared.
Chris Robinson, a former front man of the Black Crowes, felt very lucky after experiencing the Ayahuasca. He vividly described the experience as “where my mind and heart and soul all coaslesce of having at least the initial understanding of the interconnectedness of all living entities in the universe.”
The LA-based musician Ben Lee had this to say about Ayahausca: “What people are experiencing through the Ayahuasca is really what is changing people. It is not the Aya itself.” He even released an Ayahuasca-inspired album, “Welcome to the Work.” He believes that if the Ayahuasca experience is used properly, it can help people access reality and this reality is what inspires people.
Tori Amos claims that she has experienced Ayahuasca many times, starting in the 1980s. She sees the experience as very structured and shares, ”You would work for a week beforehand and write about what you were hoping to work through and your would write what you were hoping to achieve. And then you go back together the next week after you’d done it.”
The Ayahuasca has already been an integral part of the Amazonian tribal societies and has also managed to influence people from around the globe. Even Peru’s government recognizes the status of the Ayahuasca and even states that it is “one of the basic pillars of the identity of the Amazon peoples.” With this in mind, good or bad, hallucinogenic or not, the Ayahuasca is definitely here to stay.