International Legal Status of Ayahuasca

Ayahuasca is an Amazonian plant brew made from two plants – one is a vine (Banisteriopsis caapi) and the other a shrub (Psychotria viridis) that contains a psychoactive chemical called DMT in its leaves. Ayahuasca has a purgative and visionary effect and is generally considered to bring spiritual and health benefits. It has been used by tribes of the Amazonian basin for generations. Since 1971 the international Convention on Psychotropic Drugs lists DMT as a controlled substance and prohibits it worldwide. However there are possible frameworks for the legal use of ayahuasca, for the reason of it being a plant preparation, for its indigenous origins and its religious use in countries such as Brazil, Peru and the US amongst others.

Interview with Jeffrey Bronfman
Jeffrey was lead plaintiff and strategist in a 10-year lasting court case that resulted in the supreme court granting his church União Do Vegetal the right to use Ayahuasca (or Hoasca) in their rituals in the US. Jeffrey Bronfman is also a member of the Ayahuasca Defense Fund’s steering committee. The organization together with it’s mother organization ICEERS promotes science, research and education and legal advice in cases connected to ethnobotanicals such as ayahuasca, psilocybin mushrooms, san pedro and peyote.
In this video Jeffrey explains the complex international legal status of ayahuasca as well as the possibilities for the legal use of ayahuasca in the interpretative field between three international treaties controlling psychoactive substances, indigenous heritage and religious freedom.

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Six years ago I, I had just turned 27, I received my master’s degree in Anthropology. At that moment I was supposed to transition into a working life mode. My passion was with documentary film making, which had been a substantial part of my education. I imagined how a job in that field would be like: I saw myself taking the metro everyday to work, sitting in an office and realising other peoples’ ideas. My heart cramped up at this outlook on life. It just seemed wrong, I didn’t want to be stuck in a treadmill, executing other people’s ideas, I wanted to realise my own. So instead of looking for a job, I separated from my boyfriend, moved back in with my parents and began looking for myself. I spent 9 months exploring shamanism, meditation, systemic therapies, past-life therapies and meditation. I participated in a vision-quest and spend 4 days alone without food in a forest and encountered my deepest fear - the fear of death. I participated in camps that practiced community life and taught the way of the circle, the ancestral way of sharing oneself in a talking circle. I felt the power and the beauty of the shamanic approach and by the end of that year I finally encountered with the amazonian plant teacher ayahuasca. She showed me the perfect harmony of the universe and then she brought me all the way from Germany into the savanna of central Brazil, where I am based now. For the last 5 years I have been drinking a lot of Ayahuasca in various lineages, intensely exploring my Self. I passed through various crises and got stronger along the way. Since the plant medicines and healing modalities that I have encountered have helped me greatly on my path of deconditioning myself of everything alien to me and of becoming more and more who I am meant to be, I feel the call to share this information and my experiences with healing and medicine with more people. I wish for all of us to be conscious and openhearted human beings so we can co-create a new reality on this beautiful earth. Mapping Medicine is a project straight from my heart to yours. I hope it inspires you on your healing journey!