Over the last decades there has been a massive growth in interest in the Amazonian visionary plant medicine ayahuasca around the world.
This global phenomenon is chronicled in the new book, When Plants Dream, by Daniel Pinchbeck and Sophia Rokhlin.
A vast number of anecdotal accounts link ayahuasca shamanism to psychic and paranormal experiences, ranging from spontaneous healing to telepathy to encounters with the spirits of the dead and otherworldly entities.
What do these accounts suggest about the relationship between ayahuasca and other psychedelics - described as "nonspecific psychic amplifiers" - and psychic phenomena? How could this be investigated more deeply in the future?
Daniel Pinchbeck is the bestselling author of Breaking Open the Head and 2012: The Return of the Quetzalcoatl. He co-founded the web magazine Reality Sandwich and the online platform Evolver.net. His essays and articles have appeared in a vast range of publications, including The New York Times, Esquire, Rolling Stone, and ArtForum, and he has been a columnist for Dazed & Confused.
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