What a crazy world we live in. A few months ago a friend of mine approached me about an “organization” that she had heard of. Apparantely, my friend had met someone who claimed they were from a Church in Southern Oregon that could legally obtain Ayahuasca for consumption. My friend told me the only catch was that you had to join their church to legally consume the Ayahuasca. My friend never told me what the name of the Church was but it sparked a great deal of interest in the topic of DMT and serotonin burning hallucinogenic drugs.
As it turns out, Ayahuasca is actually legal in only one state and that state is Oregon. Some nut job named Jonathan Goldman (pastor of Ashland’s Church of the Holy Light of the Queen) moved to Oregon in 2008 just to make this possible. Jonathan is an acupuncturist from Detroit and moved out here when here when he realized he could get Ayahuasca legalized by challenging the federal government. Jonathan Goldman, with four other partners, assembled a defense team and they got Ayahuasca legalized for their “churches” consumption. The Federal Government did not have enough information on the negative health affects from Ayahuasca and the Federal Government could not prove that Ayahuasca would have a major use outside the church.
Fast forward 4 years into the future and Jonathan Goldman and the church he helped to create are still operating. In the beginning of 2011, an article was published by the Willamette Weekly discussing an on going custody battle between a member of the Church and a non-member. The Non-member was concerned that his child would be allowed to consume Ayahuasca during the churches ceremonies even though the child was only 10 years old. Jonathan Goldman and his church have went on record, saying that they administer Ayahuasca to children in small doses. These children have been as young as 10 years old. Goldman claims that because it is given in such small doses that it does not negatively affect the children.
Now don’t get me wrong people, I’m not against drugs, but I’m not really sure whats up with giving 10 year olds the worlds strongest halluconogenic. If Jonathan Goldman and the rest of the members of this ridiculous church understand anything about Serotonin poisoning then they would understand why this stuff shouldn’t be given to children. Ayahuasca is a decoction made up of a number of different organic and natural drugs. One of the main ingredients is actually the Banisteriopsis caapi vine, which is now legal in the state of Oregon. From there, shrubs or plants from the genius Psychotria are combined with the vine. But at this point the drink is not orally active. Other drugs must be introduced to the decoction to the get the hallucinogenic affects from the DMT. From here an MAIO (monoamine oxidase inhibitor) or a RIMA (Reversible inhibitors of monoamine oxidase A) is introduced to the mixture. These drugs block the digestion of the DMT in the intestines and allow the DMT to reach the brain. MAIO’s and RIMA’s are classes of drugs that hare used to treat depression. Once the decoction is properly mixed with all the necessary ingredients, you can consume the drink and feel the hallucinogenic effects.
Now here comes the real question? How could anyone with a real knowledge of medicine allow these people to administer 10 year old children? The dietary restriction from Ayahuasca elapse a time that covers a 24 hour period. Meaning for that time period, the user must strictly follow the dietary restrictions or there could be real health side effects. If all of the necessary precautions are not exercised there can be a very serious and grave outcome, Serotonin Poisoning. However, this condition is highly debated in medicinal hallucogenic communities like Jonathan Goldmans. If you were to ask Jonathan, I’m sure he would tell you that there are no negative side affects from placing a child on a small does of Ayahuasca but what would he actually know about that being an acupunturist?