Is Your Ayahuasca Sustainable?

The criteria of sustainability also applies to ayahuasca, the Amazonian plant brew. It is made with two different species, a bush (Psychotria viridis) and a vine (Banisteriopsis caapi). Both plants are originally only found in the Amazon rainforest. Since ayahuasca has become increasingly popular in the West the growing demand has put stress on the native habitat. Both plants can be cultivated and the Brazillian ayahuasca churches usually have their own plantations. But especially when it comes to ayahuasca for the foreign market, a lot of illegal activities are involved such as wild harvesting and the cutting down of trees that the vine is growing on. To have certainty that you are not contributing to the degradation of the rainforest you should know where your ayahuasca is coming from, who produced it and in what way. You could also try to cultivate it at home.

Interview with Thiago Martins e Silva
Thiago is forest engineer, permaculture designer and has worked in several governmental environmental projects in the State of Acre in Brazil. He accompanied the resolution CEMACT / CFE № 004/2010, which regulates the logging, collection and transport of the species Banisteriopsis caapi and Psychotria viridis. He is a Criminal Expert of the Civil Police and of the DFNSP.  Thiago is actively engaged in the reforestation and sustainability of the two plant species that are used to cook the Ayahuasca tea.

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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!