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Santo Daime wins Ayahuasca court case

20-03-2009 - 3 Comments

Good news for Oregon members of the Santo Daime religious movement. On March 18, 2009, a federal district court ruled in favor of the Santo Daime branch, that uses a DMT-containing brew (ayahuasca) in their ceremonies.

District Court judge, Owen Panner, found that the U.S. Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) protects the Santo Daime's use of ayahuasca as part of their sincere religious practices. Panner based his verdict on an earlier court rule from 1996 by the Supreme Court, in which Uniao do Vegetal, another Brazilian religious group that also consumes ayahuasca, was granted to import and drink the tea for their religious ceremonies.

Santo Daime's entheogenic sacrament, ayahuasca, has been used for millennia in South American indigenous cultures. It is one of the traditional tools of the shaman in South America, and in many regions is to this day a common medicine used for finding and treating various ailments as well as for its vision-inducing effects, which are said to be profound and life-changing.

Due to the 'tea' containing DMT - a substance considered a class A drug in most countries - Santo Daime has found itself the center of Court battles and legal wrangling in various countries.

Read the full court ruling here (PDF)

More information about ayahuasca can be found on


  • gaboss / santero 21-03-2009 00:23:28

    as much as they want to forbid every religion except
    christianity in the western states, they fail because
    of their own "democracy" and "freedom of religion".

    nice to hear good news for a change :D

  • Tovi 21-03-2009 09:54:29

    Keep up the fight against materialists. They are scared to loose the power they get from money and brain washing.

  • gong108 19-02-2010 05:41:43

    when i was 16 i had the fortune to take a psychedelic dose of lsd-25 my kundalini shakti rised up and since then i know that there is a god and that he is love truth and simplicitiy. it is this one beeing we love to join so much , sadly in germany it is not allowed they rather would put you in a psyhatrie than believe you that you got a real spiritual experience , today i am 38 years old and a very very lucky man because i had the chance to see the truth very early , don't doubt doubt is the way to destruction

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