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And here I was feeling all pessimistic...

Unanimous SCOTUS decission upholds religious use of ayahuasca:

http://www.cnn.com/2006/LAW/02/21/scotus.religion.ap/index.html

Try finding the story on NPR though. According to NPR, the only SCOTUS story this week involves the clean water act.

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wildgarden
Feb. 22nd, 2006 04:00 pm (UTC)
Interesting news. I'm surprised that the decision was unanimous.
memegarden
Feb. 22nd, 2006 05:12 pm (UTC)
??
link doesn't have anything to do with ayahuasca.
memegarden
Feb. 22nd, 2006 05:50 pm (UTC)
And this one, which actually names ayahuasca, which the other doesn't:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/02/22/tea_ruling/
kmo
Feb. 23rd, 2006 12:21 am (UTC)
interesting
I've corrected the link.

Interesting that the Register article uses the phrase "mind-expanding tea" in its headline. Most news sources call it a "hallucinogenic tea." The article then goes on to make a rather glaring factual error:
The Brazilian blend of hoasca uses Banisteriopsis caapi - a jungle vine known as "ayahuasca" in Quechua - which is a rich source of the hallucinogenic dimethyltryptamine (DMT). It's mixed with with extracts from either Psychotria viridis or Diplopterys cabrerana to produce the mind-expanding infusion.


The Ayahuasca vine does not contain DMT. The vine contains the MAO-inhibitor which allows the DMT contained in the admixture plant to avoid being broken down in the stomach.
memegarden
Feb. 23rd, 2006 12:49 am (UTC)
Re: interesting
Thanks for the correction.
mungojelly
Feb. 23rd, 2006 07:21 am (UTC)
wow! wonderful news! <3
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