Loreen has admitted to experimenting with the Mexican psychedelic drug ayahuasca, saying “I have taken it to get more in touch with myself.” In an upcoming interview with Elle magazine, Loreen discusses her experiences with the drug, which she first used prior to her 2012 Melodifestivalen comeback and Eurovision victory.
Loreen told Elle that on several occasions she had travelled to Mexico and taken part in an ayahuasca ceremony, under the guidance of a priest. She explained, “It is not a drug thing. One takes ayahuasca for access to a larger part of the brain. Everything becomes so much clearer.”
The drug is made from brewed leaves of the South American jungle vine ayahuasca, usually combined with other plants containing the restricted drug DMT. According to Wikipedia, “people who have consumed ayahuasca report having spiritual revelations regarding their purpose on earth, the true nature of the universe, as well as deep insight into how to be the best person they possibly can.”
The “Euphoria” singer first used the drug four years ago. She said, “It meant a lot to me, because I could see myself from outside.” Was Loreen’s ayahuasca experience what led her to “Euphoria” and her eventual Eurovision victory?
But what might have worked for Loreen won’t necessarily work for everyone. Swedish newspaper Expressen talked a drug expert who cautioned readers that ayahuasca is “very much is a drug, and it can be very harmful,” noting also that “you get hallucinations and a state that can be both pleasant and unpleasant and anxiety-causing.”