“Health Canada Allows More Religious Groups to Import Ayahuasca”, Global News

Did any of you catch this? A May 8, 2019 article (3 minute read) by Global News, “Health Canada Allows More Religious Groups to Import Ayahuasca,” restrictions are loosened to allow a total of five religious groups to import ayahuasca for spiritual purposes. In an important win for traditional practice, this exemption promotes free expression of a religious sacrament without government interference. While it took fifteen years for the first exemption to pass, recent groups have encountered a simpler process, opening a door for more research and education into the therapeutic benefits and effects of ayahuasca.

A master herbalist we spoke to recently was clear that ayahuasca is a powerful herb, the effects of which are not to be taken lightly. These religious groups must seriously consider contraindications between ayahuasca and other foods, herbs, drugs and pre-existing health conditions. But since ayahuasca is unapproved in Canada, there are no strict guidelines around its use, which may leave some individuals vulnerable to harm.