Celebrities and Ayahausca: Five Celebrities Who Takes the Ayahausca


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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.

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Penn Badgley

Penn Badgley

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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.



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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

Azkena Rock Festival 2013 The Black Crowes Chris Robinson

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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.”

Ben Lee

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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

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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.


What can You Expect from an Ayahuasca Ceremony


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Ayahuasca has really become one of the most sought-after natural remedy for the physical and emotional sickness of men. People who have taken Ayahuasca see a glimpse of hope from the spiritual experience that it offers, making it a prime option for lost souls and battered spirits.

However, not everyone who goes into Ayahuasca retreats experience the same level of spirituality or experience the same degree of “healing” that they are looking for. Everyone is different, and with the unique chemistry we have inside our bodies, the Ayahuasca experience may bring different kinds of “healing” and spiritual uplifting at different degrees to people. The make-up of our mental soundness and emotional environment also varies, making each Ayahuasca experience different and an individualized experience for each person. Your experience of Ayahuasca will be yours alone and unique from mine and the others who have tried it. Haven’t explored Ayahuasca yet? You can know more about Ayahuasca retreats and the experiences you can expect from it in this article.

However, the ideas below are a general description of the Ayahuasca experience. You may have most likely experienced one or all of them, but there will always be a unique and personalized experience that comes with Ayahuasca retreats that you alone can describe.

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Colors, Patterns, and Visions

Ayahuasca Vision - Howard G Charing

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Some individuals who are at the clairvoyant side will usually see colors, patterns, and visions during the Ayahuasca experience. As you clear your minds from all the troubles and emotional depressions that you have, one can literally see a bright light, an escape and a path away from all the troubles that you have been enduring your whole life. The feeling will be uplifting but would be more visual for individuals whose sensitivity to sight is more outstanding.

Magnetic Forces

For people whose senses and emotional feelings are more attached, the experience would most likely make them feel that they are being drawn by a force. This force can lead them to the feeling of oneness and greatness, removing all the depressing and discouraged self-esteem that they have towards themselves. These magnetic forces will either push or pull them towards a destination which, in most cases, is the right path towards the life that they should be living.


People who are very clairaudient may end up hearing voices and sounds. This is why a professional shaman is needed during the ritual. Voices can sometimes bring a different kind of reaction to a person who is experiencing Ayahuasca. Having a spiritual guide that will help him and hold his spirit during the journey protects the mental soundness of the Ayahuasca drinker.

Some people, on the other hand, will experience a mix of the three and will bring them to an experience they could hardly imagine. People who reportedly met spiritual beings during the Ayahuasca experience or those who claimed to have walked in different dimensions usually manage to connect with their truest and deepest self enclosed within them. The awakened state will alternately allow them to use this experience into daily life, career, at home, or into a routine that they have been doing for quite a long time. One can live a different kind of life after the experiences that he has learned, achieved, and discovered through Ayahuasca. The experience, according to many, brings joy, love, and sense of purpose to those who have been “at lost” or stagnant in their lives.

Other reads:

Is there a right or wrong way to use Ayahuasca? (Ayahuasca Ceremonies)

Ayahuasca at Home: An American Experience ( Mens Journal )