An article in NPR discusses the use of Ayahuasca in the UDV (União do Vegetal) church in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA and some of the controversy attached to it. The legal battles surrounding this church remain, as for years neighbours have been trying to block the construction of a permanent UDV temple.
It also addresses the raise of Ayahuasca tourism in South America, and how UDV differs from this. An excerpt from the article:
Peter Gorman is a journalist, former editor of High Times magazine and a veteran ayahuasca practitioner who lives south of Fort Worth. He says the UDV church couldn’t be more different than ayahuasca tourism.
“UDV is private,” Gorman says. “If you knocked on their door, you wouldn’t get in. That’s different than someone who says, ‘I’ll charge everybody $500, I’ll get 15 people Friday, 15 people Saturday, and I’ll get 30 people at $500, $15,000.”
And with many already wanting to experience the drug, UDV has refrained from advertising.
Find the full article here: Controversy Brews Over Church’s Hallucinogenic Tea Ritual