Psychedelics, Religion and Cultural Translation
In the 20th century, ayahuasca and other indigenous healing medicines spread beyond their native origins and have been incorporated into syncretistic practices that are being adopted by non-indigenous peoples in Western contexts, including scientific research into possible therapeutic uses of these medicines. This growing interest from modern non-indigenous peoples poses significant conceptual challenges regarding drugs and drug policies. What are the indigenous rootsof plant-based medicines and what is their relation to Westerners? Are psychedelics a medicine or a sacrament… or something else?