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Dan Hardy reflects on his Ayahuasca retreat


Dan ‘The Outlaw’ Hardy is an experimental sort of chap, as former art students are wont to be.

The British welterweight now lives in the USA and has always been curious about the shamanistic traditions of ’vision questing’ that are undertaken in some central and native American indigenous cultures.

These ‘quests’ are undertaken with the aid of psychoactive plants. In Mexico, the peyote cactus is popular as a trigger for these ritual undertakings. In the northern end of South America the herb of choice is Ayahuasca, also known as the ‘spirit vine’ and ‘leaf of the dead’.

The psychedelic effects of ayahuasca include visual and auditory stimulation, the mixing of sensory modalities, and psychological introspection that may lead to great elation, fear, or illumination. Its purgative properties are important (known as la purga or "the purge").

The intense vomiting and occasional diarrhea it induces can clear the body of worms and other tropical parasites. For the same reason, those about to undergo the experience are also advised to purify the body in advance via abstention from spicy and heavily-seasoned foods, excess fat, salt, caffeine, acidic foods (such as citrus) and sex before, after, or during a ceremony.