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Ayahuasca tradition declared cultural heritage in Peru

The Peruvian Institute of National Culture has declared the knowledge and traditional uses of ayahuasca as national cultural heritage, in order to guarantee their cultural continuation within native Amazonian communities.

This resolution was published on July 12 in the law bulletin of the national daily El Peruano. It states that ayahuasca (Banisteriopsis caapi) is a plant specimen with an extraordinary cultural history due to its psychotropic qualities that are to be experienced when combined in a brew containing the plant known as chacruna. B. caapi is in the indigenous world known as a 'master' plant which teaches to its initiates the very foundations of the world and its components.

Peru declares ayahuasca part of cultural heritage
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