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Ten Celebrity Ayahuasca Users

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Fri, Nov 22, 2013 at 4:00 AM

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[Editor's Note: Our cover story this week focuses on the the drug ayahuasca and its growing popularity.]

Chance are pretty good that you've heard about ayahuasca by now. While well-known musicians and actors have been touting the therapeutic drug's benefits for decades, it's exceedingly trendy these days, and has been referenced in episodes of Weeds and Nip/Tuck and the movie Wanderlust.

Here are 10 well-known Ayahuasca users:

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Father John Misty

The L.A. indie musician, formerly of the Fleet Foxes, has referenced the substance, singing "we could do ayahuasca" in his song "I'm writing a Novel." Freak folk singer Devendra Banhart also has referenced participating in ceremonies, as have members of British indie group The Klaxons.

See also: What Is Ayahuasca and Why Is Everyone Singing About It?

Penn Badgley

During a 2012 event called the Ayahuasca Monologues, The Gossip Girl actor said he did Ayahuasca with an indigenous tribe in the Columbian rainforest with the hopes of going "back to New York City with my glittering spiritual tool" but then experienced difficulty purging during several ceremonies. When he finally did, he said, "I dropped into my heart, and I felt it in my blood and all of the discomfort and this mercurial nature of perceptual boundaries during these ceremonies seemed to melt away and all melt into one gleaming psychic arrow pointing towards my heart. ... And that was the simplest but, to this day, the most profound moment of my life."

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