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2. Banisteriopsis Caapi

The Banisteriopsis caapi vine is most commonly made into a drink called ayahuasca, which is sought by tourists in Peru for a spiritual awakening, with experiencers reporting a sensation of rebirth and heightened spirituality. You can find a number of retreats online, all of whom offer “ayahuasca ceremonies” that reveal the multidimensional nature of reality, allowing one to access the true inner self.

Ayahuasca is considered a gateway to the spiritual world, with B. caapi dubbed the “wisdom plant,” and is even used to treat PTSD, depression, and addiction due to its ability to “purge” negativity and toxic emotions. This purging, however, is most often characterized by vomiting and can even cause motor function impairment and muscle spasms. A number of tourists have died. One man died after a second visit to a shaman to attempt to reach enlightenment; a punishment of nettles was administered against the shaman.

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