Plant-based Medicine Documentaries

From documentaries to full feature movies, here is Pangean’s selection of inspirational videos that touch the subject of plant-based medicinal work and can contribute to the understanding of the complex phenomena the jungle shamanism is.

DMT – The Spirit Molecule (2010) – Netflix

This documentary examines the powerful psychedelic compound DMT, which is naturally produced in humans and scores of other species.

The Sacred Science – official page

Witness the story of eight brave souls as they leave the developed world behind in search of deeper answers. Living in seclusion for one month in the heart of the Amazon jungle, these men and women take part in the powerful healing practices of Peru’s indigenous medicine men, working with centuries-old plant remedies and spiritual disciplines.

In their most desperate hour, these patients suffering from Parkinson’s Disease, Diabetes, Depression and Cancer are forced to confront not only their physical ailments but their own spiritual and psychological barriers in the process.

The Last Shaman (2016) – Netflix

In a last-ditch effort to prevent suicide, a clinically depressed young man travels to the Amazon to engage in an ancient hallucinatory ritual.

La Rutas del Yagé (Doctv, Colombia, 2010) – Spanish Only

Huachuma (2014) – official page

Mitch Schultz, the director of already mentioned DMT: The Spirit Molecule, invites you to join this 45-minute excursion deep into the heart of the Peruvian rainforest to experience the magic of the 3000-year-old plant medicine: Huachuma. Distilled in the lost tradition from the San Pedro cactus by the last master Huachumero, Don Howard Lawler, Huachuma was the sacrament that formed the foundation for pre-Incan civilization, the Chavin. Follow Aubrey Marcus (founder of Onnit) and a group of friends in this moving meditation that reveals the true transformative power of this sacred technology.

Aya Awakenings (2013) – official page

AYA: Awakenings is a documentary journey into the world and visions of Amazonian shamanism, adapted from the cult book ‘Aya: a Shamanic Odyssey’ by Rak Razam. As Razam sets out to document the booming business of Amazonian shamanism in the 21st century, he quickly finds himself caught up in a culture clash between the old world and the new. Braving a gringo trail of the soul, he uncovers a movement of ‘spiritual tourists’ coming from the West for a direct experience of the multi-dimensional reality shamanism connects one to.

Neurons to Nirvana (2013) – official page, Imdb

A stylish, in-depth look at the renaissance in psychedelic drug research in light of current scientific, medical and cultural knowledge.

The Embrace of the Serpent, El Abrazo de la Serpiente (2015) – Imdb

The story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together over the course of forty years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant.

Joe Rogan – What is DMT?

Joe Rogan looks into amazing effects of a molecule by the name of DMT “Dimethyltryptamine” which is found all through out nature including the human brain and is responsible for altering and expanding human consciousness.

Chris Kilham – Everything you wanted to know about Ayahuasca

And you dear wanderers, do you know any amazing documentaries that you would recommend to be watched and may be included in the Pangean list?

Please share them in the comments below.
Love and peace.


by Karol Liver – Karol is a founder and editor of Pangean Path and chief editor of prism – editorial collective dedicated to contemporary photography. He is a freelance journalist, mind expanding content creator, visual artist and photographer, free spirit and devoted human being.

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