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What is ayahuasca? Pastor of ayahuasca-based church reveals the history and truth behind the drug

The pastor of the Pachamama Sanctuary in Casco, Maine told Fox News Digital that his congregation’s worship practices are misunderstood and wrongly portrayed.

Unlike most churches, the Pachamama Sanctuary uses ayahuasca — a mind-altering drug — as a worship aid, something that is a longstanding tradition in some South American cultures.

Ayahuasca contains the psychoactive chemical dimethyltryptamine (DMT), which the Drug Enforcement Agency lists as a schedule one drug. Its use is legal in certain religious contexts. 

Ayahuasca has been in the news as many celebrities, including Aaron Rodgers, Prince Harry and Miley Cyrus, have spoken out positively about their experiences with the drug. 

“Additionally, recent research reports that there are health benefits, such as improved brain health resulting from its use. Other reports state that there are long-term life-altering changes that result from the taking of this drug.” 

Chantz Martin of Fox News Digital contributed reporting. 

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Christine Rousselle is a lifestyle reporter with Fox News Digital.

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