About San Pedro Cactus - by Richard Grossman PHD
To whom it may concern
San Pedro, also known as Huachuma in Peru and with the botanical names Echinopsis pachanoi (syn. Trichocereus pachano) has been utilized in South America by indigenous populations for many thousands of years as a sacred medicine. It is utilized for physical, spiritual, and emotional healing.
When used properly, in a shamanic ceremony, it is very safe. In reality, it is far safer than commonly used over the counter drugs like aspirin, ibuprofen, etc. Unlike narcotics, which San Pedro is definitely not, there is no potential for addiction or abuse. To the best of my knowledge, there have never been any fatalities associated with it's use, nor have there been any negative side effects, other than the occasional nausea and vomiting that is associated with many of the shamanic plant medicines. In other words, it is remarkably safe.
As to San Pedro being a narcotic? No, it isn't. The medical definition of "narcotic" is
1. (Medicine / Pharmacology) any of a group of drugs, such as heroin, morphine, and pethidine, that produce numbness and stupor. They are used medicinally to relieve pain but are sometimes also taken for their pleasant effects; prolonged use may cause addiction.
Clearly, that does not in any way apply to San Pedro as it does not produce numbness or stupor. It is not used for pain relief (other than people who experience it in a shamanic ceremony often are able to find the root or their illness and make life changes that relieve their pain and illness), and it is clearly not addictive, and often is far from pleasurable.
San Pedro is legal in many countries in South America and is recognized and respected as part of their cultural heritage. It is also utilized by the Native American Church in the United States in their religious ceremonies.
I have known Jungle Svonni for around 10 years. He is a well trained and competent shaman, and spent many years pursuing his rigorous training in Peru. Few have done this, and he is to be commended for his dedication to his chosen field; not punished for it.
If I may be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Richard Grossman, L.Ac., O.M.D., Ph.D.
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