Eric Engberg interviews Ian Benouis — a political activist in the cannabis and natural plant medicine space.
Ian has used sacred plants and a spiritual practice to deal with childhood trauma, and PTSD, resulting from military service. His journey toward healing was documented in the documentary, “Soldiers of the Vine”, which follows Ian and 6 other soldiers with PTSD into Peru where they undergo a deep healing ceremony using plant medicines.
4:46 – Why our soldiers aren’t properly reintegrated back into society after suffering the traumas of war
15:35 – Ian recounts how a ceremony using ayahuasca helped heal him of childhood trauma
21:31 – “Soldiers of the Vine” – a feature-length documentary that follows Ian and a group of six soldiers w/ PTSD who journey to Peru to undergo a deep healing ceremony using plant medicines
36:48 – How the de-scheduling and/or re-scheduling of drugs like Cannabis and MDMA could bring about an end to the War on Drugs
ABOUT IAN… Ian is a West Point graduate, former Blackhawk helicopter pilot, US Army officer, and combat veteran who participated in Operation Just Cause in the Republic of Panama. After he got out of the Army, Ian became a pharmaceutical representative for Pfizer, witnessing firsthand the meteoric rise of SSRI’s and synthetic opioids in the early 1990s. Ian is a political activist in the cannabis and natural plant medicine space and has been healing himself for over 25 years with sacred plants, a spiritual practice, and being a student and practitioner of ethnobotany.
Soldiers of the Vine: https://youtu.be/GEohstcMoSQ
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