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  1. Terrapinzflyer
    A new film looks at the work of a Canadian doctor and author who travelled to the Amazon to learn about a psychotropic medicine that may help drug addicts to recover.

    Vancouver's Dr. Gabor Maté learned about ayahuasca, a hallucinogenic plant concoction used at a clinic in Peru. At the clinic, the cure rates for addicts is many times the average found in North America and Europe.

    CBC's The Nature of Things joined Maté in South America and traced his efforts to treat addicts in Vancouver with ayahuasca, which occupies a grey area of the law in Canada.

    Maté is determined to apply to what he's learned to his patients, but he knows it will be a challenge.

    "Personally, I can see that it works and I can also see why it works, but proving it to colleagues that's another question entirely," Maté said in the documentary.

    Psychedelic researcher Dr. Charles Grob, a professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the UCLA School of Medicine, and his colleagues interviewed members of the Brazilian ayahuasca religion. They found several had histories of serious drug addiction and alcoholism that seemed to remit once they used the drug ceremonially twice a month.

    "I think there really is some valuable potential here that should be pursued, we also have to keep in mind that mainstream conventional medicine still does not offer very much in regards to treatment of chronic alcoholism or chronic drug addiction," Grob said in an interview.

    CBC News
    Posted: Nov 6, 2011 10:23 PM ET
    Last Updated: Nov 6, 2011

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/2011/11/04/addiction-alternative.html

    there is a nearly 3 minute news video clip embedded on the story linked to above.

Comments

  1. Locks
    Do you or anyone else know if There's a place in western Canada where I can partake safely in an ayahuasca retreat/ceremony. I am 5 weeks sober after 5 years of Opiate use and the acute symptoms have started to get better (finally), but I'm pretty depressed. Anyway, I would like to go to Peru but do not have the time for that yet. Any help would be appreciated.
  2. ED50
    DMT is a controlled substance in Canada, any suggestion to pinpoint people or places where you may get your hands on ayahuasca is against the forum rules :/ As far as I know, you would have to travel to another country to do so..legally speaking.

    However, you may find a doctor or another medical professional that may be able to prescribe some, but I seriously doubt any retreats exist in Canada, the ones that do in Southern America are very traditional and hold a large religious purpose as well.
  3. Locks
    I really value the work of Dr. Mate and I'm definitely not trying to find it for recreational reasons
    I just believe that this is worth a try. Didn't think dmt was the same ??
  4. ED50
    As far as I know, DMT is the main active drug in the ayahuasca brew. Depending on the brew and plants used, there may be other factors at play, but generally it's the DMT which is the main psychoactive ingredient.
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