The traditional plant medicine ayahuasca, which has been used in its native Amazon for millennia, is blossoming in influence around the globe. Millions of people are seeking it out for religious and medical purposes, as well as for personal and professional growth.

But the future of ayahuasca policy is up in the air. Despite a favorable 2006 U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing ayahuasca’s use by certain organized religions, it remains criminalized in the U.S. and many other countries. Meanwhile, many South American countries permit its use but are struggling to regulate its production and distribution in ways that ensure health …read more