If one had to pick a single person to keep them informed about the latest trends in drug use, Courtney Love would certainly be a solid pick. Did you know, for example, that the the native South American drug ayahuasca will send you on a hallucinatory trip in which you'll see "a wise old black man who takes you on a wild journey"?
It's true! And Ms. Love (who claims six years of sobriety) is desperate to get her hands on some.
From the freewheeling interview posted this week on The Fix:
You couldn't pay me a billion dollars to take marijuana. I don't really like coke anymore. I'm scared of ecstasy. The one drug I'd like to try one day is Ayahuasca, which should be mandatory for everybody. It's apparently this crazy tea that gives you these intense hallucinations. Everyone who takes it sees a wise old black man who takes you on a wild journey. I'm not going to name names, but everyone who takes it sees the same black guy. I'm not kidding you. Everyone! My drug counselor did Ayahuasca with Sting one time and Sting spent an hour chasing a bee through Joshua Tree. ??
Here's Erowid's description of ayahuasca the "Vine of Souls":
A steamt pot of delicious ayahuasca.
"Ayahuasca" is a term for both the Banisteriopsis caapi vine and for the visionary brew made from that plant, usually in combination with an additional DMT-containing plant(s). The word "ayahuasca", from the Quechua language, means "vine of the souls". A traditional South American preparation, the ayahuasca brew frequently employs Psychotria viridis leaves as the DMT source. Inclusion of B. caapi, which contains monoamine oxidase inhibiting harmala alkaloids) allows the DMT, which would otherwise be quickly broken down in the body by the enzyme monoamine oxidase, to become orally active.
Ayahuasca is prepared by boiling or soaking its plant components; traditional brews may sometimes contain additional psychoactive and/or medicinal plants including tobacco, Brugmansia, Datura, and a long list of others.
Outside the Amazon basin, in cities around the world, ayahuasca is prepared with a wide variety of ingredients including pure chemicals (sometimes called "pharmahuasca") or substituted "analogue" plants, such as the root-bark from Mimosa tenuiflora [= M. hostilis] (sometimes called "mimosahuasca"), and often the seeds of Peganum harmala (Syrian rue) as a source of MAO-inhibiting harmala alkaloids. Ayahuasca is known for its tendency to induce vomiting and/or diarrhea in many users, its rich and complex visual effects, its reported healing properties, and its powerful mind-altering entheogenic effects.
Now here's a the Travel Channel's Marc and Olly trying it out.
For some reason, despite her well-documented experiences with just about every drug imaginable, it's still hard to picture Courtney Love sipping ancient spiritual tea with a village elder.
Then again, maybe Sting will still be down to try some with her.