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Ayahuasca / Santo Daime - Scientific Research

Presented here are some links to the scientific approach on the Ayahuasca use. As a special scientific topic, ayahuasca would not have been studied had it not been for the daring adventures of botanists and anthropologists. Yet, the real puzzles this brew presents pertain neither to botany nor to culture but rather to the human mind and spirituality. As such, the study of ayahuasca in the realms of psychology is just starting. Here goes some links that might help the scientific seeker:

Erowid's Ayahuasca Journal Articles and Abstracts
A fine and updated collection of Ayahuasca scientific links on the Internet, provided by the site "Vaults of Erowid".
Sociopsychotherapeutic functions of ayahuasca healing in Amazonia
Journal of Psychoactive Drugs Vol 21 (No. 1) Jan-Mar 1989; 77-89
by Walter Andritzky

Focuses on the healing functions of rituals involving the brew ayahuasca (AY) among traditional native peoples of Amazonia and attempts to explain their effectiveness within the approach of Western clinical science.
A cognitive-psychological study of ayahuasca
Benny Shanon, Ph.D. Department of Psychology Hebrew University
"When I returned to my own world after my initial trip and experiences at Colônia Cinco Mil, I immersed myself in reading whatever I could about ayahuasca. To my amazement, I discovered the images I had seen in my visions were of types similar to those reported by indigenous persons. As a cognitive psychologist, I was puzzled. How could I, a person with a totally different personal background, saw what the Indians see? I realized that w hat may be presenting itself here is a manifestation of the universals of the human mind."

MAPS : Ayahuasca Issue, Autumn 1998
From the Bulletin of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies MAPS - Volume 8 Number 3 Autumn 1998.
This issue is focused on ayahuasca. It also includes an interview with Albert Hofmann

International Ayahuasca Conference: taking psychedelics seriously
Hallucinations, science, and spirituality collide at international ayahuasca conference.
By Diana Trimble

San Francisco Bay Guardian -

Ayahuasca and Cancer - One Man's Experience
Donald M. Topping, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus, University of Hawai'i President, Drug Policy Forum of Hawai'i
After being diagnosed with cancer of the liver, the author was advised by oncologists that his chances of survival were slim. He went to ayahuasca for a second opinion.
MAPS : Ayahuasca Pharmacokinetics Study , Summer 1995
Charles S. Grob, MD, Department of Psychiatry, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center Dennis J. McKenna, Ph.D., Research Director, Botanical Dimensions
This link presents the Hoasca Project, a multidisciplinary effort to investigate the human pharmacology of Hoasca, a botanically-derived psychedelic beverage which is utilized as a sacrament in ritual practices of the Uniao do Vegetal (UDV), a Brazilian syncretic religious movement.

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