Ayahuasca is a plant mixture from the Amazon rain forest, capable of altering your state of consciousness. The effects of Ayahuasca typically last for 4 to 8 hours after being ingested. Ayahuasca’s effects can range from extremely visionary to mildly stimulating, and is primarily used as a medicine in the local region.
Ayahuasca is also used as a shamanic means of communication, usually as part of a ceremonial session, with the guidance of someone experience in consuming Ayahuasca.
It is unknown how long people have been drinking Ayahuasca. The first recorded contact with the western civilization was in 1851 by Richard Spruce, one of England’s most famous ethnobotanists. It’s likely the use of Ayahuasca dates back at least two millennia ago when you take into account the evidence of comparable plant use amongst natives.
Ayahuasca’s effects come from two plants. It is unknown when these plants were first combined and who or how someone discovered their effects.
How Is It Used?
The visionary or psychedelic state of mind caused by Ayahuasca is employed by many different people, for different reasons. Medicine men, or shamans, use Ayahuasca to communicate with nature or find the cause of a patient’s illness from the spiritual level. Several religions in Brazil use Ayahuasca at rituals and ceremonies. They believe that singing together and drinking Ayahuasca takes them into a healing state, provoking some kind of trance.
Western society has also been steadily gaining interest in Ayahuasca over the past few decades. Academic researches have been interested in it for the field of psychotherapy, and many people (known as psychonauts) take Ayahuasca for its mind-altering effects.
What Are The Side Effects?
Obviously, Ayahuasca has not been studied in-depth in Western society so all of its potential effects are unknown. However, people who have taken the substance report vomiting and many get diarrhea. Native tribes have given Ayahuasca various names, one calling it “kamarampi”, based on the native work “kamarank” which means “to vomit”.
Other tribes sometimes refer to it as “la purge” since it is thought to purge the body of negative thoughts and fears, and purges the physical body. People report feeling completely refreshed and even reborn after their experience with Ayahuasca.
What Is It Said To Do?
The reported effects of Ayahuasca are very interesting. According to users of it, they have made some fascinating reports about its healing properties. Some from the list include being healed of depression or addiction, which is also reported by users of LSD, iboga, and other psychedelics.
How Do Most People Take It?
Ayahuasca is gaining popularity around the world, with a lot of focus given to it in modern yoga circles and on the meditation scene. Avid users of Ayahuasca and other psychdelics describe it as being a completely different experience compared to other drugs.
Most people who consume Ayahuasca do so as part of a native ceremony, led by an experienced guide.
Such shamans can be located in many regions of the world, from Peru to Berlin. Many accounts describe preparation that needs to take place in the week leading up to the event, such as not eating meat, dairy, salt, and taking no other drugs. In Berlin, where taking Ayahuasca is illegal, many have reported their experience with it through connections with local shamans. Users are told to pack a mat, blanket, bottle of water, some fruit, and a bucket (for vomiting).
Users describe the first portion of the experience to be the “good part” when the psychedelic effects begin to take place, but this portion of the experience is shortly followed by revisiting traumatic experiences. Following that, users often begin crying uncontrollably, breaking out into a feverish sweat, and feeling the need to vomit or defecate.
Users describe that this part of the experience continues on, sometimes for what feels like days, but in reality is only 4-6 hours. During the process, emotions go from being fearful and terrified to extreme sadness. But, when it is all over, users report an elation from having faced these experiences and overcome some of their troubles.
Users often sleep for an extended period of time following the use of the drug, and many say that their typically anxiousness, insomnia, and other issues are no longer present after their experience. Others say they are able to make decisions quicker, are more confident in their abilities, and are generally just more at peace with life following their use.