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Stabbed to death at the Alternative Health Center

alexd

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Canadian man kills Briton during ayahuasca ceremony in Peruvian Amazon


Reuters in Lima
18 December 2015 00.41 GMT

A Canadian man killed a Briton after the two took a hallucinogenic plant brew known as ayahuasca together at a spiritual retreat in the Peruvian Amazon, authorities have said.

Witnesses told police the Canadian man, 29-year-old Joshua Andrew Freeman Stevens, killed the British man, Unais Gomes, 26, in self-defence after Gomes allegedly attacked him with a knife during an ayahuasca ceremony near the jungle city of Iquitos on Wednesday night, said Normando Marques, a police chief in the region.

Ayahuasca is a combination of an Amazonian vine and plants that contain dimethyltryptamine (DMT). These give users psychedelic experiences when combined. It is not normally associated with violence.

The Canadian citizen was in police custody on Thursday, Marques said.

Witnesses said Gomes tried to stab Stevens during a bad trip, according to a police source in Iquitos familiar with the case.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Gomes apparently used a knife from the kitchen of the alternative health centre Phoenix Ayahuasca to attack Stevens. Stevens ended up killing Gomes with the same knife, stabbing him in the chest and stomach, he said.

Phoenix Ayahuasca did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Its Facebook page describes it as a safe place to “experience plant medicines and explore the true nature of the self”.

Ayahuasca tourism in Peru has surged in recent years, with dozens of jungle retreats offering the traditional indigenous brew to visitors under the supervision of a guide or shaman.

Many tourists seek the drug out because of its reputation as a way to help ease depression and other mental health issues.

Canadian man kills Briton during ayahuasca ceremony in Peruvian Amazon | World news | The Guardian
 
Stop Bill C-10

derek

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i like hallucinogens as much as the next person but in rare cases they can cause some people to have psychotic breaks. sucks
 

djfear

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Peru is one of those places I'm unfortunately most likely never going to go to. My mom's university friend was murdered there with her husband while kayaking the Ucayali river a few years ago.

"Hey mom, I'm heading to Peru to see machu picchu!"

mom = :O
 
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