Ayahuasca is a psychedelic drug made from Amazonian plants and in many cases, it can be used in therapeutic settings to treat addiction, depression and PTSD. In recent years, ayahuasca has gained popularity outside of the traditional spiritual context it exists in.
What is Ayahuasca?
Ayahuasca is a hallucinogenic brew made from the ayahuasca vine. It’s commonly used for spiritual and medicinal purposes, and it can be mixed with other plants to create different effects. The most common ingredients are chacruna (Psychotria viridis), chagropanga (Diplopterys cabrerana) and caapi (Banisteriopsis caapi).
What is Ayahuasca Therapy?
Ayahuasca is a powerful medicinal plant that has been used for thousands of years by indigenous people in the Amazon rainforest. Ayahuasca is both a sacred medicine and a sacrament, which means that it’s used in ceremonies to heal physical and mental illness, facilitate spiritual growth, and bring clarity to one’s life path.
In recent years it has become popular among Westerners seeking healing from trauma or addiction. Ayahuasca therapy offers an opportunity for deep introspection into what causes us pain so we can move beyond them with greater understanding and insight into ourselves as human beings with limitless potential for personal growth.
How is it legal?
The legality of ayahuasca has been a topic of debate for years. It is legal in most countries, but there are some countries where it is illegal to use or possess the substance.
In the United States, ayahuasca is not listed as a controlled substance under federal law and can be used by anyone over 21 years old who has obtained the proper permission from their doctor and religious leader (if applicable). However, there are some restrictions on its use:
- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires all products containing DMT-containing plants to carry warning labels advising consumers not to combine them with monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), which include certain antidepressants;
- In California and Florida it is illegal to sell or give away any plant that contains DMT unless you have received prior approval from local authorities and/or under a therapists guided supervision;
- Oregon requires anyone wishing to consume ayahuasca in public spaces such as restaurants or bars must first obtain a license from local authorities first.
What do I need to know about ayahuasca?
Ayahuasca is a powerful medicine. It can be both physically and emotionally challenging, so it’s important to prepare for your experience and take care of yourself afterwards.
- Know what you’re getting into: Before drinking ayahuasca, make sure you know what to expect from the experience. Look at photos or videos of ceremonies where people are drinking ayahuasca. If possible, talk with someone who has taken it before and ask them how they felt during their ceremony–what were the good parts? The bad parts? Was there anything they wished they’d known before taking it?
- Take steps to minimize risk: During an ayahuasca ceremony, some people may feel nauseous or sick; this is normal! If this happens to you, let one of the facilitators know right away so they can help them out as best they can.*
How long will the trip last?
The length of your trip depends on the strength of the brew, your dose and how you feel about it all. Some people have reported that their journey lasted several hours while others said they were out for days. The duration varies from person to person, so there’s no right or wrong answer here.
The most important thing is to prepare yourself mentally for what lies ahead; this includes being comfortable with yourself and relaxed in your surroundings as well as having an open mind when taking part in a ceremony led by an experienced guide who can help ease any potential discomfort during an ayahuasca journey.
In order to achieve these things before participating in a ceremony:
- Stay hydrated throughout each day leading up to ingestion (drinking plenty of water).
- Eat light meals consisting mainly of vegetables and try to eliminate sugar content at least 24 hours prior to ingestion so that there isn’t too much energy stored within our bodies which could potentially cause nausea during ceremonies due to digestive processes taking place at different rates than usual due being unfamiliar territory for some people who are experiencing them for first time ever!
Ayahuasca is a powerful medicine, and it’s important to approach it with respect. We hope we’ve given you a better understanding of what this plant can do, as well as some tips on how to prepare for your first journey.
Disclaimer: Please consult with a medical professional and/or therapist to see if this type of plant medicine is right for you.