09/28/2012 07:16 pm ET Updated Nov 28, 2012

Death in the Amazon Brings Attention to Ayahuasca

On September 13th, the mother and sister of 18 year old Kyle Nolan, arrived in the Amazon jungle region of Madre de Dios, Peru, where the town of Puerto Maldonaldo is located, to identify Kyle's body and find out how he died. They returned home to California without any useful information.

Kyle had come to Peru in mid-August to participate in a 10 day "ayahuasca retreat." Ayahuasca is the sacred visionary/hallucinogenic tea that has been used by indigenous shamans in the Amazon for at least 4,000 years.