I'm fed up with articles trying to claim that this, or that, or the other hallucinogenic agent, or narcotic, or whatever, has beneficial properties unrelated to its physiological effects. If anyone claims that in your hearing, tell them from me that they're talking nonsense, would you, please? A drug is a drug is a drug. It's not a gateway to godliness!
The latest trend is towards a South American hallucinogenic drug.
Thousands are flocking to sample the elixir and swear by its therapeutic properties, despite warnings from scientists and users that ayahuasca can be dangerous and even prove fatal, especially when mixed with other drugs.
Ayahuasca's proponents, who include celebrities such as Sting, Paul Simon, Tori Amos and Lindsey Lohan, say the plant offers a spiritual experience like no other. Many also say it has allowed them to overcome traumas that no other conventional therapy can tackle.
There's more at the link.
There is no such thing as a 'spiritual experience' from a drug. It may provide the hallucination that one is having such an experience, but that's all it is - a fake. It's not real. As soon as the drug wears off, so does the 'spiritual experience'; and though one may recall it with pleasure, it's no more than a chimera. It's like alcohol, which can make even unattractive people look highly desirable the more one drinks. When one wakes up next morning, reality is back . . . sometimes with a vengeance!
Please don't get caught in the trap of thinking that drugs do anything other than alter the chemical balance of your mind and body. They're not a gateway to God, or a path to the spiritual, or anything of the kind. They're just drugs. They offer only a false 'experience' that's transient and never lasts - and they will eventually kill you, one way or another, if you abuse them long enough and often enough. I've seen that reality far too often to be in any doubt about it at all.