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Ayahuasca May Have Facilitated Kids’ Rescue in the Amazon

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A group of four children that recently went missing in the Amazon forest after a plane crash may owe their rescue to ayahuasca. Some people believe ayahuasca played a role in an almost-divine act of intervention that saw the indigenous volunteers and Colombian army scour the expansive rainforest in a race against time to save the missing children.

Ayahuasca is a plant-based psychedelic brew made from hallucinogenic ingredients such as N, N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT). Originating and primarily consumed in Southern America, ayahuasca is said to have neuroprotective, memory-boosting, anti-inflammatory properties. Some studies have also found that the psychedelic can increase mindfulness, boost psychological well-being and improve emotional regulation.

As with several other psychedelics, ayahuasca has been subject to increased media and public attention in recent years due to claims of its potential medical benefits. Some of the earliest psychedelic researchers were particularly interested in how hallucinogens could cause paranormal states of consciousness in users, which reportedly granted some users precognition or telepathic abilities.

Recently, a small plane carrying six passengers crashed in the Amazon jungle in Colombia; four children survived the crash while their mother and the pilot died. With the Amazon’s famous reputation as a deadly jungle flush with predators, it was a race against time to save the young children, aged 11 months to 13 years.

An estimated 50 members of the Colombian Army teamed up with local indigenous volunteers to find the children, finally locating them after 40 days. Although luck, the children’s resourcefulness and the relentless efforts of the rescue team undoubtedly played a role in the daring rescue, some of the volunteers also believe ayahuasca helped the rescue.

Elder José Rubio, one of the locals who aided the rescue efforts, says team members took ayahuasca after 39 days of unsuccessful searching. Rubio took some of the potent psychedelic brew on the 40th day of the search and spent several hours in a psychedelic state before informing the men that they would find the four missing children that day.

It wasn’t long before one of the soldiers learned that a rescue dog had spotted the children some miles from the crash site, finally ending the monthlong search. The children’s father, who took ayahuasca but did not have any visions, believes the drug contributed to his children’s rescue.

The four children were transported to a military hospital in Bogota to recover from their 40-day ordeal.

While this claim that ayahuasca possibly aided the rescue effort may be hard to prove, psychedelics startups such as Field Trip Health Ltd. (OTC: FTHWF) (TSX: FTHW) are engaged in R&D efforts that can provide verifiable clinical study results about the therapeutic effects that these substances can bestow upon their users. From such findings, medicines are likely to be developed for use by patients in need of such treatments.

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