Ayahuasca FAQ

What is Ayahuasca?

Ayahuasca is a sacred Amazonian medicine plant that offers deep inner healing and self-realization to all Human Beings who have been called on this journey. The Ayahuasca drink itself is composed of two plants: Banisteriopsis Caapi (the ayahuasca vine) and Chacruna (the plant leaves containing DMT) or Chagropanga (another plant containing DMT). These plants work together in a synergistic way to open Human Beings to new perspectives of self and life on this planet. Ayahuasca is often referred to as “the mother” because the essence is nurturing, loving and caring like that of a mother. It is herein where the “healing” properties are found—revealing hidden realms of the subconscious while providing a universal love to accept everything they revealed.

For more information, check out these guidelines for Ayahuasca.

Is Ayahuasca Safe?

With respect for this sacred plant medicine and its effects, comes the concern for safety.

When you participate in an ayahuasca ceremony, you’ll be putting your safety in the hands of the shaman and/or facilitators. As experienced professionals, your safety is their primary priority.

During the ceremony, effects can include panic, paranoia, vomiting, and diarrhea. While these side effects can be distressing, they will pass and are part of a process of healing. 

Some medications can interact with Ayahuasca in a negative way. If you are taking medications including those used for Parkinson’s disease, antidepressants, psychiatric medications, cough medicines, and weight loss drugs, please inform the shaman and/or facilitators before you decide to work with Ayahuasca. The shaman and facilitators will be able to advise you before the experience.

If you have a heart condition of any kind, please also inform the shaman and/or facilitators, as Ayahuasca can increase heart rate and blood pressure.

For healthy individuals, ayahuasca is quite safe. Using Ayahausca under the supervision of a trained and reputable shaman is considered safe.

For more information, read the information on Plantaforma.org (Spanish).

What is an Ayahuasca shaman and why are they necessary?

A shaman is a guide and one who protects during ceremonial use of sacred plant medicines. He/she is able to stay in constant communication with the Plant Spirits and nature. A shaman sees energies and influences within a person’s aura and group collective energies during the ceremony. He or she is able to direct and steer the ceremony to maximize healing and clearing of any negative energies that may arise.

Is Ayahuasca Legal?

Ayahuasca is not forbidden to use in Spain, if it is taken for personal use, for religious purposes, or in ceremonies of a private non-profit organization. Ayahuasca is recognized by the Peruvian government as a national treasure for its “extraordinary therapeutic value” and an important role in the history of the Peruvian culture. In many other countries, the use of Ayahuasca is prohibited; for example, Great Britain, Israel, France, and Russia.

Is Ayahuasca a drug?

Ayahuasca is a divine medicine, a sacrament, but not a drug. Ayahuasca is not addictive, and you’ll never need to increase the dose to repeat a similar experience. However, every experience with Ayahuasca is different, as it puts your consciousness to work. Your thoughts will be purified, your consciousness goes through a clearing process, and your body is refreshed and lighted of its emotional burdens. Additionally, you receive the feeling of universal love for all living things, including yourself.

Scientifically, it has been proven to correct and restores neural connections of the brain, improving health and emotional background. You won’t feel hangovers. In fact, when dieting, the presence of Ayahuasca can be felt in your body for a few weeks after the ceremony. Often this is felt as renewed energy, peace and harmony within the world.

For more in-depth information about Ayahuasca, we recommend this website: http://www.ayahuasca.com/