Plant Medicines are not Drugs, they are Technology

America’s drug war costs about $51 billion each year. Innocent people locked up. Police abuse.

It’s ugly. 

It’s a twisted view of conscious-altering substances.

This article is not about drugs like heroin or cocaine. Those are altered chemical substances that are harmful, toxic, you should stay away from those.

This article is about medicines. Plant medicines to be exact.

Plant medicines are not drugs. They are medicinal. They heal. On a level more profound than any pharmaceutical drug.

Plant medicines are conscious beings that commune with your mind, body and soul. The medicines have an intelligence beyond a human intelligence, indeed, beyond even a human understanding. 

These beings are small pods of Cosmic Consciousness wrapped up in a beautiful leafy tree or plant. How poetic of God to send us information in such precious capsules.

I’d like to tell you about how other cultures perceive these plant medicines. They weren’t locking people up or spending billions on SWAT teams. Their frame for understanding these plants was magical and beautiful.

My hope is one day our society will get back to that understanding.

Plant Medicines can be Food or Entheogens

Firstly, the term entheogen just means a substance that enhances consciousness, like a psychedelic.

A great quote by Hippocrates, founder of medicine from ancient Greece, says, “Let food be thy medicine”. That’s everything we need to know as a society for solving obesity, diabetes, cancer… everything! 

If we look at food as medicine, and we look at plants as the purest providers of healing, we start on the path of conscious evolution. 

A life where you consume only medicinal plants as food is a life of happiness, pure energy and joy, optimism, an ordered brain, and the high human potential of achieving and creating whatever you seek.

It’s what should be normal… but of course, we’ve lost our way. That’s okay, we’re coming back around.

Now let’s move up a level. Supposing you eat medicinal plant foods, and you reach that enlightened, energetic state as your default state of life, then what?

How can you go up one level beyond that, past the human potential and into the Cosmic? Into the type of consciousness that can experience the universe as an integral part of your identity? The type of consciousness that Jesus, Buddha, Shiva… all the great masters taught and lived by? 

The Earth is our mother and she provides. Along with food, her bounty of entheogenic plant medicines matches perfectly with the human physiology. 

Plant medicines that produce altered states of consciousness are like a rocket ship, taking you directly to the highest planes of existence, to greater dimensions of reality, where for a few hours you can taste the world that Jesus and Buddha lived in.

The Ayahuasca trend of today is modern society’s grasping for this lost spirituality – an experiential spirituality, as opposed to how it’s taught in Bible studies or Sunday schools where information is handed down from an authoritative figure. No, this spirituality is to be lived by you, to be experienced, to feel it and see it, as real as if you were experiencing eating rice. It isn’t a metaphor. It’s an actual experience. 

This experience takes work to attain. It isn’t a normal occurrence in our reality.

Mother Earth knows this. She knows human life is hard. She knows we get lost in the weeds, trying to pay bills and fight traffic. So the biology of the Earth is such that humans (and animals!) have evolved to be able to consume and experience, chemically, physically, and mystically, the intelligence of certain plants as consciousness-expanding.

Just like we’ve evolved the ability to be able to eat fruits and vegetables for nutrition. It’s completely natural.

So let’s look at these plants not as drugs, because they’re not harmful but actually beneficial; let’s look at them as a type of technology, a certain intelligence that we are accepting and communing with to learn from.

Jesus healed with Cannabis Oil


“Jesus Healing the Blind” from 12th Century Basilica Catedrale di Santa Maria Nouva di Monreale in Sicily

This blew my mind when I first learned about it. But it makes total sense. Cannabis was popularly used throughout most of human history, even in America.

So Jesus was given the title “Christ” which means “the Anointed One”. Anointed, specifically, with cannabis oil. 

And he walked around and healed the sick using this same cannabis oil (mixed with other ingredients probably).

Cannabis oil is good for glaucoma and epilepsy. Jesus ‘healed the blind and cast out demons’. They probably meant glaucoma and epilepsy.

I’m not making this up. Here are reports when the research on this came out a few years ago:

Again, don’t look at this as a drug – it’s not, it’s a healing plant. Look at it as a technology that Jesus understood and used to benefit his people.

The Vedics used Soma

The Vedic texts are the oldest scriptures of Hinduism. Incredible treasures of knowledge.

Those texts speak lovingly of Soma, the word they used for potions made from plants. We’re not sure what plants exactly but the point is the Vedics knew about these plants as consciousness-expanding helpers. 

Combining plant medicine with meditation, clean food and a pure lifestyle is the path to enlightenment. The ancients knew this and wrote books about it. 

Shamans use all types of Plant Medicines

Ayahuasca is trendy right now, but if you didn’t know, there are many entheogenic plant medicines like Ayahuasca. In our Ashram, the plant medicine we use is Jurema, very similar to Ayahuasca but with it’s own distinct message. This is just one of many.

In the Amazon there is Yopo, Ambil, Mambe… (<- our retreats use all of these as well) for each tribe in each different region, there was a local plant that had wisdom from other realms. Spiritual knowledge. The tribes usually had a dedicated shaman (or shamans) to cultivate and share these plants. They built ceremonies around this. They learned songs from these experiences and started creating rituals, crafting the building blocks of religion.

Shamans from Siberia cultivated mushrooms of magic. The mushrooms were red and white and the shamans would dress like the mushrooms and share them with their people. This is where the legend of Santa Clause came from. The reindeer were actually the shaman’s spirit animals. 

Jurema was originally an ancient medicine of the Aztecs and Mayans. It’s unfortunate that it became a lost tradition, even in Mexico today they don’t know about it, they mostly use the tree for skin products. But we’re working to restore the tradition of the plant medicine as an entheogen.

Ancient Egyptians had cannabis plants carved into their tombstones. A powerful plant that was used for making paper, as food, oil – incredible properties. 

All of these cultures understood that these were higher technologies from nature. All of those cultures were much more connected to the natural world than we are today.

Let’s change how we look at plant medicines

We don’t have to live in our pre-programmed scripts. We can choose to change how we look at these plants. 

We don’t have to lock people up for experimenting with their consciousness. We don’t have to criminalize the act of introspection and learning what it really means to be a human, discovering all the aspects of the human being.

We can turn this around just like we’re turning around the cannabis drug laws in America. Just like we overturned gay rights and civil rights and children’s rights and labor rights… our evolution as a society is grounded in the overturning of draconian laws put in place by people in power looking for more power and profit.

We, as the people of the Earth today, do not have to live this lie a single day longer. 

Computer technology is amazing, and I’m grateful for it because it’s allowing me to talk to you right now. But if we forget our natural technology, if we lose the wisdom of our ancestors and the gifts of the Earth, if we run too fast after cars and cash and forget about the Sun and Moon and our own breathing life force, if we get too smart and lose wisdom, then the penance put on our children rests solely with our inaction and ignorance.

This is not a diatribe to you my dear friend. If you’re reading this far I already count you as part of my tribe. No, this is a loving wake-up call. The time has come to change how we see plant medicines.

It’s already happening. You know this. The Ayahuasca trend is just the first shot fired. The wave of cannabis legalization is a sure-fire sign of the future brightening.

We have the momentum. Let’s push. Let’s lovingly learn and commune with more of these plant medicines. Learn from their wisdom and integrate it into your life.

I can attest. My life has dramatically – DRAMATICALLY – been enhanced, improved, completely transformed into a pure experience of light, every day, every second, from the time I started respecting and learning from these plant medicines.

They are my teachers. They tell me when my body is impure. The purge from Mother Jurema tells me I need to eat cleaner and meditate frequently. And I listen to her. I improve and come back to her and she rewards me with incredible love energy, a feeling of pure bliss on this sacred Earth, where just seeing the sunlight reflect off a tree is as spectacular as the explosion of galaxies. 

There is more to being human than shopping malls and clocking into work. Trust in Mother Earth. Trust that you have not finished your process. You are still evolving. We are still evolving. Our human family can get messy sometimes, as is true of any family, but we must remember to stay humble and realize that we don’t know everything, even with our iPhones and internet. 

Vision for the future

Forget nuclear bombs and the constant war machine. Don’t feed those concepts your precious life-energy.

Instead, give your energy to the positive. 

Imagine a future where every city has temples dedicated to the responsible use of plant medicines like Jurema and Ayahuasca.

Where depression disappears because people discover the magic of life from a single session of Jurema…

Where suicidal people can feel the hope that has lost them…

Where instead of corner-store cheap beer and liquor, our people can feel the experience that Jesus and Buddha speak of – feeling the experience, not reading about it – where our society starts to evolve consciously and can finally put in place all of the solutions we already have for climate change, free energy, free education and free food for all the people of this Earth…

Where the mighty and powerful human race can once again live symbiotically with its host planet, it’s life-giver, and turn the page on our current dark ages and run, gracefully, together, into the rising Sun of our future.

Our children deserve nothing less. 

Do your part. Learn from the plants.

Learn from experienced masters and shamans.

Choose natural plant foods over processed foods.

Choose natural plant medicines over pharmaceuticals.

Elevate your natural state of being. Raise your energy levels and your entire life will change. 

And in this way we’ll change the world. 


Bryan is an organizer for Ashram de la Madre Divina and a student of spiritual learning. He has lived with Native Americans in New Mexico, traveled with Colombian Shamans throughout America, and now dedicates his time to organizing spiritual retreats.

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