Ayahuasca Legal Defense & The Road to Decriminalization | Benjamin De Loenen – EN17

Benjamin De Loenen studied audiovisual media in The Netherlands, and received his Masters degree with honors as a film director and editor for his documentary ‘Ibogaine-Rite of Passage’ (2004), which he directed and produced.

He became active as a public speaker about Iboga internationally and eventually founded the International Center for Ethnobotanical Education, Research & Service (ICEERS) in 2009 in The Netherlands. ICEERS currently has an office in Barcelona, Spain and Montevideo, Uruguay, and is involved in scientific research into Ayahuasca, Iboga and Cannabis, policy reform activities, educational activities and services related to risk reduction and legal support.

In today’s interesting episode, you will discover:

  • [8:18] The road of ayahuasca towards legalization and decriminalization
  • [13:10] Why there is a wide disconnect between science and reinforcement
  • [18:28] Recent scientific research that could stand up in a court of law
  • [21:58] List of countries and places wherein ayahuasca use is not considered an illegal activity
  • [30:41] The Ayahuasca Defense Fund and what it aims to achieve
  • and much, much more!

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About the author, Lorna

Lorna Liana is a new media strategist and lifestyle business coach to visionary entrepreneurs. She travels the world while running her business as a digital nomad. Lorna's boutique agency provides “done for you” web design, development and online marketing services for social ventures, sustainable brands, transformational coaches and new paradigm thought leaders. She is also a personal development junkie, and 20 year practitioner of shamanism, with extensive training in Tibetan Bon Shamanism and the ayahuasca traditions of the Amazon Basin.

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