Most commonly found in the Amazon region, Ayahuasca is a plant mixture that is capable of inducing a higher level of consciousness, mindfulness and self-awareness in the users. Two plants, N,N-Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) − a controlled substance in most countries - and monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), are the main ingredients, medically speaking. In simpler terms, the main ingredient is a vine called Banisteriopsis caapi, which is also called “Ayahuasca,” meaning ‘vine of the soul’ or ‘vine with a soul."" The other ingredient is either chacruna or chagrapanga, two plants that have a high level of DMT. The exact timeline of its origin is not known, but a comparison with similar native plant use shows that it has been in use for at least two millennia. The first recorded interaction with a westerner was in 1851 by a famous ethnobotanist from England named Richard Spruce. In recent times, the interest in Ayahuasca has increased manifold with frequent news and magazine appearances."
Ayahuasca is known to induce a mind-altering feeling which enables the user to overcome his or her fears and provide a sense of clarity about life, the universe and ‘self’. The drug is usually prepared and taken under the supervision of a ‘shaman’ in a ceremonial gathering where singing and dancing takes place which is supposed to take the participants to a ‘higher’ level. Many drinkers have reported diarrhea as a side effect but some consider it normal and believe that it is necessary for the body to heal and purge itself of all ills and fears. Many users have reported having been healed from problems such as addiction, depression and anxiety although this is not specific to Ayahuasca and other drugs such as LSD may have the same effect. If you or a loved one have been abusing Ayahuasca, contact our professionals right away!