Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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ATHABASCA, Alta. X-19s. Global Affairs Canada is in touch with the family of a Vancouver Island man who was killed in Peru during a trip to study a psychedelic plant known for its healing powers. Ayahuasca (AYE'-oh-waska) grows in the Amazon and is brewed with other plants before people drink it at ceremonies to tap into emotional trauma. Athabasca resident Rhonda Nelson says the plant should be legal in Canada because it helped her overcome emotional and physical issues during a retreat in Peru in January 2017. Nelson says she got relief from anxiety and depression related to childhood trauma and no longer suffers from a neuromuscular disorder.

(" ... early childhood.") (SOURCE: The Canadian Press)

TAG: Health Canada says ayahuasca is a controlled substance and restricted drug with no medical benefits, but several years ago it provided an exemption to a Montreal chapter of a Brazilian religion for sacramental use. …

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