Calca, Cusco, Perú
I think I had a fairly atypical experience here. I approach plant medicine from a purely chemical perspective, and am interested in how the medicine can treat ptsd and depression. I’m not at all interested in the spiritual or ritualistic elements of the ceremony. But as a first timer, I didn’t want to be in a clinic setting. This was actually a great fit, as the group was small and Erik approaches the work with a psychology background, just what I wanted. However, I have a lot of gastric issues, specifically acid reflux. You are told to stop all medications before the retreat, so they don’t interfere. However I did a lot of reading after the retreat and learned that hydrochloric acid kills the DMT. So, the medicine didn’t have much of an effect on me. It was still extremely valuable, and I look forward to trying again, but next time I will continue my regular stomach medication and hopefully will be able to feel the medicine more fully.