2011 – Physician Gabor Mate Ordered by the Canadian Government to Stop Using Ayahuasca in Canada
Hungarian-born physician Gabor Maté worked in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with patients suffering from drug addiction, mental illness, and HIV. In 2010, Maté became interested in ayahuasca and its potential for treating addiction.
He partnered with a Peruvian Shipibo ayahuasquero and began leading retreats for addiction treatment, including ones in a Coast Salish First Nations community. “In all cases of addiction that I have seen, there’s deep pain that comes out of trauma. The addiction is the person’s unconscious attempt to escape from the pain,” he has said.
In 2011, Gabor Mate was ordered to stop arranging ayahuasca ceremonies in Canada. Since then, he has led groups out of Canada to use it in Peru.
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