Chelsea Handler Tries Hallucinogenic Drink Ayahuasca to Show People What It’s Like

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Chelsea Handler tried a hallucinogenic beverage for educational purposes as part of her upcoming Netflix docuseries, Chelsea Does, set to premiere on the video-streaming website on Saturday, January 23.

“It’s supposed to be like this spiritually awakening drug, transformative, transcendent in certain ways,” she told Jimmy Fallon of the controversial psychedelic brew ayahuasca on The Tonight Show earlier this week. “I want to show people what happens when you get f–ked up.”

Ayahuasca is considered a spiritual medicine among the indigenous people of Peru.

In a clip from the series, Handler, 40, travels to Peru to try the drink, which is said to give users an out-of-body experience. After sipping meekly on the tea, she promptly throws up into a bucket on-camera.

“We went down to Peru and we did it,” she told Fallon. “You vomit out of your mouth and out of … And Netflix paid for it, thank you guys.”

During a chat with Ellen DeGeneres on Thursday, January 21, the comedian confessed that she did indeed have some visions during her experience.

“I had all these beautiful imageries of my childhood and me and my sister laughing on a kayak, and all these beautiful things with me and my sister,” she said. “So [my experience] was very much about opening my mind to loving my sister, and not being so hard on her.”

Other topics that Handler will discuss throughout the docuseries include racism, marriage and Silicon Valley.

This will be Handler’s first return to mainstream entertainment since her late night talk show, Chelsea Lately, ended in 2014. She’ll next star in a new talk show hosted on Netflix, set to debut in May.

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