About the Ayahuasca Drug
Ayahuasca is a plant that grows in the Amazon rainforest in South America. When brewed into tea, ayahuasca causes powerful psychedelic effects. Some reports on the internet suggest the drug can help cure mental health disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and anxiety. However, unlike other natural psychedelics like magic mushrooms, cannabis, and peyote, little is known about the long-term effects of using the ayahuasca drug or if the psychedelic experience could cause more harm than good.
Indigenous Amazonian tribes and other cultures have used ayahuasca for centuries, but 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.
Although ayahuasca has been in the news in recent years, it is not a new drug. Known by Christian missionaries 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 for stronger effect.
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Usage of the Ayahuasca Drug
Ayahuasca is commonly used as a Christian sacrament. Those who work with ayahuasca in non-traditional ways usually align their work with the philosophies of shamanism, practiced among indigenous tribes in South America. When used for medicinal purposes, ayahuasca affects the consciousness of the brain for less than six hours, beginning thirty minutes after consumption and peaks after two hours.
Also within the result of ayahuasca drug usage is cardiovascular effects. It increases heart rate and blood pressure. Sometimes, individuals have significant psychological stress during the consumption period. Those who may be at risk of heart disease should use major caution while taking it.
Ayahuasca’s psychedelic effects include auditory and visual stimulation, the mixing of sensory modalities, and deep psychological introspection that could lead to strong illumination, elation, or fear. In some countries, it is used as a tool to purge the body. It can induce intense diarrhea and vomiting and can clear the body of worms and other tropical parasites.
There are some dietary taboos that are associated with ayahuasca. In the rainforest, these taboos lean toward the purification of one’s self by abstaining from seasoned and spicy foods, excess fat, salt, caffeine, acidic foods, and sex.
Shamans and other experienced ayahuasca users advise against eating or drinking ayahuasca if you’re not in the presence of one or many trained shamans. In some areas, there are reportedly brujos (Spanish for “sorcerer”) who pretend to be real shamans and convince tourists to drink ayahuasca while they stay in their presence. Brujos believe every person has a limited stockpile of energy or power, and they want to steal it from tourists while they’re under the influence of the drug.
Ayahuasca Drug Side Effects
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.
Ayahuasca appeal comes from 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.
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. We simply do not know what the long-term effects of using this drug are. Death from ayahuasca abuse may occur, so may addiction. Our experienced professionals are available 24/7 to talk to you about getting treatment for Ayahuasca abuse.
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The Legality of Ayahuasca
DMT is a Schedule I drug by the Convention on Psychotropic Substances. However, the text on the Convention on Psychotropic Substances notes that plants containing the drug are not subject to international law.
The Secretary of the International Narcotics Control Board sent a fax to the Netherlands Ministry of Public Health in 2001, and this document was intercepted by news outlets. It states that “Consequently, preparations made of these plants, including ayahuasca, are not under international control and, therefore, not subject to any of the articles of the 1971 Convention.”
Although the INCB’s 2001 affirmation seemed clear that ayahuasca is not subject to drug control by international convention, the board recommended that governments criminalize ayahuasca in its 2010 annual report.
This recommendation has been criticized as an attempt by the board to overstep its mandate and also establishing a reason for governments to violate human rights and religious freedom of ceremonial ayahuasca users.
The legal status in the United States of the plants is still questionable. Ayahuasca plants and preparations are technically legal since they contain no scheduled chemicals. However, brews made containing plants are illegal since DMT is a Schedule I drug.
Some people are challenging this, using the same arguments as those used by certain religious sects, such as the Native American Church. A court case which led to the allowance of the import and use of the tea for religious purposes in the United States was heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2005. The decision was released in 2006 and allows use of the tea in religious ceremonies pursuant to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
In a similar case an Oregon, a church sued the state for their right to import and consume ayahuasca tea. In 2009, the U.S. District Court ruled in favor of the church, again acknowledging protection from prosecution under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
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. Our treatment for ayahuasca abuse can help you with the following:
- Help you get through withdrawal safely and more comfortably
- Help you heal the damage caused by addiction
- Help you figure out your purpose in life
- Help you make a fresh start
- Treat symptoms of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and other disorders
Treatment for Ayahuasca Abuse
There are no easy solutions to drug addiction, but with comprehensive treatment for ayahuasca and commitment to ongoing counseling, you can find your path to freedom. If you want to stop using drugs or alcohol, don’t turn to a dangerous illegal drug such as ayahuasca.
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