The dominant narrative about psychedelics is that they are closely linked to shamanism and have been used in many Amazonian cultures for thousands of years. But there is little reliable evidence to actually back that claim.
On today's episode, reporter Allison Tierney unpacks the twisted deaths of Olivia Arévalo Lomas and the Canadian tourist suspected of killing her.
In the middle of the ayahuasca industry boom, we wanted to find out what life's been like for one of the local shamans using the mind-bending medicine to heal people.
Some groups are pissed about the influx of Westerners visiting the Amazon to dress up like the indigenous people and bastardize their rituals.