You may have heard of it before.
Or you might know it by a different name. Huasca, La Purga, Yagé, and Brew are all synonyms for the same thing. In fact, ayahuasca is known by 70 different names in total.
More important than its name is its function though. And more and more people are beginning to experience the many benefits of this ancient beverage.
People have long held this ancient drink in high regard. But recent years have seen a spike in its usage. Why is that the case?
What might explain the increase of ayahuasca in the USA?
Keep reading to discover all about it.
What is Ayahuasca?
First, it’s pronounced eye-oh-ass-kuh.
With that out of the way, let’s start by taking a brief look at what ayahuasca actually is.
Translated as ‘vine of the soul’ in the Quechuan language, ayahuasca is the name for a sacred and psychoactive brew that’s been used for millennia throughout South America.
It’s commonly made using a combination of a vine called Banisteriopsis caapi, and the leaves of the Psychotria viridis plant. Throughout history, this psychotropic tea has been used ritualistically for healing, divination, and connecting with higher levels of consciousness.
And now it’s finally starting to catch on in the modern-day USA. People attend ayahuasca ceremonies, led by a shaman, to feel and benefit from its effects. Below we turn to why people do it.
6 Reasons Ayahuasca in the USA is Becoming so Popular
The popularity of ayahuasca has boomed recently in the United States. Here are 6 reasons for its increased popularity.
1. It’s Now Legal (and Illegal)
Though South America has been consuming ayahuasca for millennia, it remains illegal for common consumption in the United States.
That’s because it contains the hallucinogenic known as DMT.
In America, DMT is a schedule 1 drug.
Now, making drugs illegal doesn’t stop its use. People will always find a way to consume something they want. However, it undoubtedly makes it more difficult to access.
The illicitness of ayahuasca has undoubtedly inhibited its use in the USA. However, recent court cases have been won by religious groups that now means it is legal when used for religious purposes.
It’s easy to see how the newfound legality of ayahuasca for spiritual purposes could have contributed to an increase in its popularity amongst Americans.
2. Recovery from Trauma
The growing popularity of ayahuasca extends beyond its newfound religious legality though.
It’s long been used for its healing qualities. And a growing body of scientific evidence is pointing towards its positive impact on trauma recovery.
Most of us suffer some form of trauma in our lives. From relatively minor incidents to extreme negative physical, mental and emotional experiences, and everything in-between. The impact of trauma can be severe. The repercussions can be long-lasting and overwhelmingly detrimental in social, financial, and relational ways.
Beyond the empirical evidence, you will hear anecdotal stories of ayahuasca’s impact on trauma recovery.
3. Support with Mental Ill-health
You don’t need to suffer trauma to struggle with mental health conditions.
Depression and anxiety are immensely prevalent in current US society, and around the world. For example, 40 million American adults suffer from anxiety disorders right now.
Treatment approaches of today tend to include a combination of talking therapy and medication.
These can be expensive, time-consuming, have significant negative side-effects and even prove ineffective overall.
New, holistic approaches to mental health support are being sought at an increasing rate. Through its effects on the brain and person overall, ayahuasca promises and provides an evidence-based alternative.
4. Further Spiritual Connection
Ayahuasca is known to enhance one’s feelings of spiritual connection and meaning.
The modern, individualist western world can be a lonely place. Earning money and getting ahead are the ultimate goals for many. We live in a globalized world where material wealth and possession are glorified above all else.
It’s easy to feel disconnected from what’s truly important in life.
Many Americans are searching for an escape from the stresses of it all. Spirituality and connection to something other than ourselves are true virtues. An experience with ayahuasca can restore these feelings in one sitting.
5. Clarity of Life Purpose
There are almost 9 billion people on the planet.
Where do you fit into it all? It’s easy to feel nihilistic about life. What’s the point of it? We’re born, live and die. And that’s it…right?
Feeling unfulfilled, aimless, and stagnant are recipes for unhappiness. Finding meaning in our daily lives is a crucial way of combatting these sentiments. But it’s often hard to know how to establish a sense of purpose.
Ayahuasca is commonly used to open one’s eyes to their path. People realize what they want to do. They gain clarity in their decision making and a sense of peace in what’s right or wrong.
6. Feeling Physically Clean
There’s a physical element to ayahuasca.
A purge is almost always experienced by those who drink it. People vomit and/or defecate throughout the process. The purge happens in other ways too. The body expresses it through crying, laughing, shaking, or sweating. Sometimes you’ll experience all of the above!
For many, this process represents a form of internal cleansing. At the end of the ayahuasca experience (which can often last for hours), people feel a deep sense of physical and emotional relief.
The body and mind (which aren’t seen as separate entities in native communities who use ayahuasca) are clean.
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