We don’t blame you for being wary! In fact, doing a little research to better inform yourself is always recommended before diving into a new stage of spiritual development. You should be reading up on what to expect during an ayahuasca journey.
This article delves into the many positive, and some negative, ayahuasca effects that you should be prepared to encounter on your journey.
Keep reading to discover if an ayahuasca journey is right for you!
What is Ayahuasca?
Ayahuasca is an entheogenic tea or brew that is prepared from a mixture of two plants. The brew is made from the Banisteriopsis caapi vine and the Psychotria viridis leaf. P. viridis contains DMT, which is a known hallucinogen. B. caapi contains MAOIs which work together with DMT to create a longer-lasting and more intense psychotropic effect.
Essentially, ayahuasca is a liquid consumed to induce a hallucinogenic or psychoactive experienced aimed at spiritual development. The consumption of ayahuasca dates back to pre-Columbian tribes in the Amazon Basin, although documented use of other entheogens can be found across the world’s history.
Ayahuasca was introduced to the New World by early European explorers that made contact with indigenous tribes. It is still widely used among indigenous tribes for its spiritual properties that play a central role in medicine, rites of passage, and other religious or shamanic ceremonies.
The popularity of ayahuasca use has blossomed in recent years as its physical and spiritual effects become more widely known and better understood. It is increasingly the topic of biomedical research.
What are the Positive Ayahuasca Effects?
Some of these physical and mental effects include:
A Reduction of Parasites
First, ayahuasca possesses purgative properties that induce vomiting and diarrhea. This works to physically clear parasites, such as worms, from the gut and digestive tract.
Second, ayahuasca contains antiparasitic agents that kill parasites in the digestive tracts of humans. These antiparasitic agents also showcase antimicrobial properties and can reduce bacteria such as E. coli.
In developing nations where parasites can compromise nutritional health, reducing a human’s parasitic load can greatly increase overall health.
A Decrease of Depression
The chemical DMT, which is found in ayahuasca, activates the serotonin receptors in these regions. This works to increase good feelings and may help with depression.
A Reduction in Cancer Symptoms
However, science shows that ayahuasca could theoretically be used to treat cancer in the following ways:
What are the Negative Ayahuasca Effects?
After multiple times using ayahuasca, participants reported fewer negative side effects.
What are the Longterm Ayahuasca Effects?
In fact, ayahuasca users showed lower rates of depression, anxiety, hostility, and other negative traits. The group that used ayahuasca regularly performed better on neuropsychological and psychosocial tests. Overall, the study concluded that ayahuasca users have better general mental health compared to the control group.
Additionally, ayahuasca has no addictive properties that could cause longterm side effects from repeated use.
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