Confidential Drug Informants Don’t Matter for Ayahuasca Retreats

Recently there was some noise on the UMass campus about ‘UMass to Review Policy on Students as Confidential Drug Informants‘.

It came on the back of a few instances, such as one student getting into trouble for selling LSD but, ‘Logan’ got in no real trouble — as would happen to a normal student who got caught for such behavior — in this case, ‘Logan’ remained in school because all he had to do was become an undercover drug informant in the service of UMass. Yet, his addictive nature resulted in tragedy.

It seems he had no choice, if he wanted to keep studying, but to become — under threat of the law — an informant for the UMass police.


From Article about UMass and the Problem With Student Informants. LSD to Heroin, while Ayahuasca could alleviate addiction to the latter, proper policies could curtail both.

Help for addictions can come in many ways. Being a police informant isn’t usually one of them.

There are many methods, one that goes widely undisclosed in American polite society is the efficacy of Ibogaine and Ayahuasca.

For example, for hundreds of years ayahuasca has traditionally been used amongst various Amazonian tribes to cure health and just recently in the mid 1900s, infamous junkies — like the writer William Burroughs — sought out ayahuasca for its addiction curing properties. Today, spiritual seekers, the adventurous, the addicted and others go to ayahuasca workshops and retreats in the USA and beyond; because, most of the popular and legal retreats are in the Amazon.

Iquitos Peru Ayahuasca Center

Iquitos in the Peruvian Amazon is the busiest and most famed S. American town for Ayahuasca Retreats and alternative treatments from traditional medicine men and shamans.

We only know anything about Ayahuasca and it’s healing ability from a recent story from a student who worked at an ayahuasca healing center for a summer internship (we’ll report on that later).

Besides ayahuasca, Ibogaine is super-effective for addiction healing.

In severe cases, Ibogaine is the only known long term cure for heroin.

It is only in the past decade that proper research has mushroomed thank to the work of people like Rick Doblin and the organization he founded commonly known as M.A.P.S., and more formally as the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies.

Ibogaine as an addiction treatment is still not legally available in the USA but that hasn’t stopped clinics from popping up within a short flight of America’s borders: Both Canada and Mexico have some very well known and well-run Ibogaine centers that are treating what, up until now, seemed untreatable.

One of the drawbacks of both Ibogaine (a plant with origins in West African) and Ayahuasca (whose origins are the Amazon basin) is the severe unease these plant medicines bring to those who partake of their healing. The trips are not pleasant by any means. They provoke psychedelic-like experiences but are much more hallucinogenic and frightening than any sort of recreational type of drug. Hence, these two visionary plants are powerful medicines with potent healing properties but also with difficult side effects. For that reason, anyone trying these plants for any reason needs to be supervised by others who have experience dealing with the psychological and even — physical — side effects these plants induce.

Vomiting and diarrhea are some of the results of ingestion on these medicines.

But, compared to a life consuming addiction, a few hours or days of unpleasantness can result in a life free from the chains of substance abuse. Hopefully, the new and promising research spearheaded by organizations like M.A.P.S. will bring the availability of the healing ayahuasca retreat and Ibogaine clinic to be legal institutions for health and recovery on American soil. So, until that time comes, you can leave the country and know you are not breaking any laws and that confidential drug informants don’t matter for ayahuasca retreats.

Ayahuasca Retreat Shipibo

It’s common for Ayahuasca Retreat centers in the Amazon to take place in bare-bones facilities like the one pictured here. Once Ayahuasca is an approved treatment in the USA that could all change.

Back to School

Now that summer summer slams to a close and most of us our languidly eyeing the books and classes we’ll immerse ourselves in during the coming months, there is little time to reflection on the bygone summer adventures.

Those lucky enough to have free time and money to spend or internships to explore are sure to have some stories of personal development and personal expansion from productive summers spend doing something worthwhile.

A few worthwhile journeys we’ve heard from those returning. UN internship in New York… Shamanic ethnobotany in Colombia, including ayahuasca investigations in the Amazon while volunteering at a retreat for healing. In Brazil, Santo Daime culture mixed with some World Cup enthusiasm are just a few of the adventures students passing throughout UMass Hotels have mentioned.

We’ll be updating with more soon.

We’re back in action. Keep your eyes on this space as we move forward with our relaunch.

In the meantime, have fun picking your classes as the semester begins.