What to Know About Ayahuasca
Ayahuasca is a plant that grows naturally in the Amazon. When brewed into tea, ayahuasca causes powerful psychological effects. Some reports suggest the drug can “cure” mental health disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety. Unlike other natural psychedelics such as magic mushrooms, marijuana and peyote, however, little is known about ayahuasca — and how the ayahuasca experience might cause more harm than good.
Although ayahuasca has been in the news recently, it is not a new drug. Once described by a Christian missionary as “the work of the devil,” ayahuasca is a Schedule I controlled substance internationally. It was synthesized for the first time in America by a Harvard scientist in the mid-twentieth century, and ayahuasca is sometimes combined with other plants. Indigenous Amazonian tribes and other cultures have used ayahuasca for centuries, but it the origins of the drug remain unclear. We do not know if the drug causes physical addiction or withdrawal, but many seek the drug for “spiritual” effects. Like other hallucinogens, ayahuasca can also cause significant emotional distress. Deaths due to ayahuasca intoxication have been reported.
Ayahuasca Side Effects
The appeal of ayahuasca lies in the “spiritual revelations” felt by the user. Indigenous Amazon tribe members claim the drug helps them communicate with spirits and achieve a profound awakening. Anecdotal evidence suggests people who seek the drug want to achieve a spiritual rebirth and to discover their true purpose in life. For this reason, many American war veterans now seek the drug to treat mental health disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder. Some celebrities have also spoken in favor of the drug, most notably Lindsay Lohan.
Unfortunately, achieving a profound spiritual awakening may not be as simple as drinking a powerful plant brew. Ayahuasca often causes violent physical, psychological and emotional reactions in those who take it. For example, vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, hot and cold flashes and a “bad trip” experience are all common. Sadly, so is death — ayahuasca may increase heart rate and blood pressure. It is also unknown how the drug reacts with other prescription medicines. Death from ayahuasca abuse may occur; so may addiction. We simply do not know what the long term effects of using this drug are.
Am I Addicted to Ayahuasca?
Taking ayahuasca is extremely dangerous and may result in death. If you are suffering from anxiety or depression, or if you simply want to try something new, you should strongly reconsider taking ayahuasca. If you are considering using ayahuasca to quit an addiction to drugs or alcohol, 12 Keys Rehab can:
- Help you get through withdrawal safely and more comfortably
- Treat symptoms of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health disorders
- Help you heal the damage caused by addiction
- Help you figure out your purpose in life
- Help you make a fresh start
Quit Addiction Now
If you want to stop using drugs or alcohol, don’t turn to an untested and dangerous illegal drug such as ayahuasca. There are no easy solutions to substance abuse, but with comprehensive treatment and commitment to ongoing counseling, you can find your path to sobriety.
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