It Doesn't Happen to People Like Me
A traditional Peruvian medicine is tempting tourists with its hallucinogenic high, said to have healing properties. 24-year-old Matt Dawson-Clarke travelled to Peru to try it, but never returned.
The Amazonian plant Ayahuasca is gaining legendary status among young travellers, with stories of its spiritual properties circulating on social media. A potent mixture of Ayahuasca with other leaves and herbs is brewed before being drunk. Freddie Finlay, a former drug addict, believes in the healing properties of the brew. "It's very safe, as long as you're with the right people". Ceremonies accompany the consumption of the drug, but at least 5 people have died during rituals at remote forest retreats. "If something goes wrong out here you're a long way from help". With so little information about the side effects of the drug, Matt's mother has struggled to come to terms with her son's death. "I'm not here to tell people what to do with their lives, I'm here to say: be aware".FULL SYNOPSIS