My Mind-Bending Experiments with Ayahuasca

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My Mind-Bending Experiments with Ayahuasca

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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didn’t know what to expect at my first ayahuasca retreat just outside of Mumbai. Certainly not a crowd of over 25 people waiting to ride into the stratosphere, no questions asked.

I had no such easy eagerness. For the uninitiated, ayahuasca is fondly called “the Mother”. This isn’t just the label given to the psychedelic brew by imbibers from here to South America where the vines of the source plant grow. It is indeed the Mother of all psychedelics, a drug that only a few junkies fuck around with.

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