Plants of the Gods — Ayahuasca, Shamanic Knowledge, Coca, and the Adventures of Richard Evans Schultes (#508)

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This time around, we have an extremely unique edition featuring not one but three brief episodes of the Plants of the Gods podcast, hosted by my good friend and previous podcast visitor, Dr. Mark Plotkin. Mark (@DocMarkPlotkin) is an ethnobotanist who serves as president of the Amazon Conservation Team, which has partnered with ~ 80 tribes to enhance and map management and protection of ~ 100 million acres of ancestral jungles. His most current book is The Amazon: What Everyone Needs to Know. It has been picked for “Best of Apple Podcasts” 3 times, it is typically the # 1 interview podcast across all of Apple Podcasts, and its been ranked # 1 out of 400,000+ podcasts on lots of events. To listen to any of the past episodes for totally free, examine out this page.

Who was Richard Evans Schultes, and how did Marks course initially cross with his?
Why was Schultes (usually) so well-regarded by colleagues, students, and the indigenous individuals he worked together with?
How did Schultes background prepare him to approach his profession with the fresh perspective of a considerate outsider, what brought ethnobotany into his sphere of interests, and what experience cemented it as his primary pursuit?
The spirit to check out and experiment that made Schultes an exceptional botanist to his less adventurous peers, and the compounds he had the ability to retrieve for the advantage of all as an outcome.
How did an exploration into the Amazon impact William James, the dad of American psychology?
That time Schultes went to Colombia to find medicinal arrow poison and came house with an orchid never before seen by Western eyes.
How Schultes was hired to use his abilities as a botanist to help the American effort throughout WWII instead of being sent to eliminate on the front lines when he attempted to get.
On Schultes intro to yoco and the appeal of the Chiribiquete.
Who was Alexander Hamilton Rice, and what was his contribution to ethnobotany?
How do the Yacuna individuals dance the Baile de Muñeco for 3 days straight?
On Schultes introduction to ayahuasca and differing accounts about how all of it went down.
How Schultes tradition resides on.
Biocultural conservation is not about saving jungles, saving the indigenous individuals there, or conserving their shamans. They are intricately connected.
Schultes on ayahuasca.
Were Christianity and Judaism established under the impact of mind-altering compounds?
Why formerly separated shamanic substances are significantly ending up being mainstreamed into Western medication.
How Marks Amazon Conservation Team is working with the native people of the Amazon and regional governments to maintain, cultivate, and learn more about the compounds to be found there for the advantage of those who live amongst them.
On the now global reach and significance of the once-obscure ayahuasca, how its been utilized in the Amazon because antiquity.
Western response upon first experiencing ayahuasca and other mind-altering substances hasnt always been inviting.
The factor behind the identifying of the Banisteriopsis caapi.
Admixtures added to ayahuasca to change the type, intensity, and duration of the experience, and the secret of how shamans brought some of them together from such disparate communities.
What might be gotten out of a newbie experience with ayahuasca.
The difference between an anthropologist and an ethnobotanist.
Marks worst ayahuasca experience.
Why ayahuasca and equivalent compounds are rightfully called plants of the gods.
Human beings have actually been using coca for at least 8,000 years.
How a famous houseguests abandoned stash of chicle led to the creation of a multi-billion dollar market.
The varieties of coca and their usages.
For the Kogis of Northern Colombia, exchanging coca leaves is the supreme bonding exercise.
What we understand about coca use in antiquity.
Coca was an instant hit when it was “discovered” by Europeans in the 1500s. Here are simply a few of its most imaginative applications.
What Mark thinks about to be the most fascinating usage of coca.
How admixtures deal with coca-derived compounds.
If theyre selling you the genuine deal next time youre at a market in the Andes, how to know.
What to do if youre experiencing elevation sickness in the Andes and you hear Pink Floyds Dark Side of the Moon at half speed.
Is non-addictive ipadu unfairly maligned in the very same way marijuana was in the age of Reefer Madness? How does Mark envision a future where coca can be sustainably cultivated in a way that advantages individuals of the Amazon?

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