Published: January 23rd, 2017
Categories: Plants and Seeds
Ayahuasca is well known to be an extraordinary experience. As well as being documented to cure various forms of depression and addiction, Ayahuasca has revealed to us the astounding beauty of the cosmos and ourselves through overwhelming and "out of this world" hallucinations and visualisations, including emotional and psychological.
This kind of experience really is a phenomena with such magnitude and impact on the human mind that it should always be fully respected and valued for the gifts it has to offer.
That is why we could never recommend this substance to inexperienced psychonauts who are looking to try psychedelics for the first time, or for people looking to try this experience on their own.
When trying this sacred drink, one should take the time to read some common literature regarding the psychedelic experience of the Ayahuasca brew in order to become familiarised with the herbal brew. It is also very common and popular for first-timers to discuss the topic with experienced drinkers, and we would always recommend taking Ayahuasca with at least one experience user.
Ayahuasca is a hugely powerful drug that brings with it and intense psychological journey, and thus should not be use for recreational purposes. Although there are many testimonies that boast of the healing properties of this drug, none of them are scientifically proven.
Some tours in the South Americas offer the opportunity to experience an Ayahuasca ceremony. This is often described as a ritual spiritual ad bodily cleansing presided by a shaman. We would recommend that you make sure you are in full trust and mutual respect with the shaman you are tripping with and make sure they are fully trained with all the correct preparations, generally this will be someone who has had many years of training since childhood, NOT a young man who's keen to put on shows for tourists.
Ayahuasca can have extremely unpleasant side-effects such as nausea and vomiting, which can often be induced within minutes of taking the brew. Profuse sweating, high blood-pressure and heart rate have also been reported.
Like other psychedelics, Ayahuasca can also bring about emotional intensity inclduing feelings of anxiety and paranoia at the same time as providing a sense of depersonalisation, so you may be more receptive to emotionally charged memories or trauma.
Other side effects include all the usual things psychedelics bring about: hypertension, dizziness, dilated pupils, muscular in-coordination.
Taken in a ritual and healing context, such as provided in shaman cultures of Brazil, Ayahuasca user tend to appear safe and often report of being facilitated to greater psychological health. Ayahuasca is not addictive.
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