BnnVara: Giel Beelen takes herbal remedy Shambala off the market

“This activity was separate from BnnVara. He is now acting in accordance with the NVWA’s ruling by taking it off the market and this is now closed,” a spokesperson for BnnVara, Van Beelen’s employer, said to the newspaper. ANP.

According to Beelen, the herbal mixture would help the user to ‘find the inner self’. A report about Shambala was made to the National Poisons Information Center (NVIC), after which the NVWA launched an investigation.


Shambala and a similar drug called OPEN UP contain harmine, harmaline and tetrahydroharmine. “When exposed to higher doses of these substances, nausea, vomiting and more serious effects such as hallucinations, coordination disorders, disturbed vision and paralysis can occur,” according to the NVWA. Single use in a dosage as stated on the packaging can also be harmful to the central nervous system, according to the authority. “This can lead to pupil dilation, salivation or low blood pressure.”

Beelen has not yet commented on the news.

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