Increasing evidence indicates that ayahuasca may have therapeutic potential in the treatment of mental health disorders. It can enhance mindfulness-related capacities. Most research so far has focused on acute and sub-acute effects of ayahuasca on mental health-related parameters. It’s less on long-term effects.
Use of any medicine always carries some risk and important to be careful when taking any type of medicine.
The effects begin in approximately 20 minutes to 1 hour, with maximum intensity from 1 to 2 hours and the effects last from 2 to 6 hours. Typical effects include visual hallucinations, euphoria, paranoia, and vomiting.
Ayahuasca affects everyone differently. It based on:
The person’s size, weight and health. Whether the person is used to taking it and a person habit’s. The amount taken and the strength of the medicine.
You might experience: nausea, intense, repetitive vomiting (induced by the tea), increased sweating, diarrhea, fear, feelings of euphoria and wellbeing, moderate increase in blood pressure and heart rate, increased body temperature, visual and auditory stimulation, anxiety.
A small number of deaths have occurred immediately following the use of ayahuasca, though ayahuasca being the direct cause of death is extremely rare.
Research into the long-term use of ayahuasca is continuing. Early research indicates that long-term use of ayahuasca is not associated with loss of cognitive functioning.
Using of Ayahuasca
Research has found that repeated use of ayahuasca does not lead to tolerance and that it has limited dependence potential.
It is difficult to predict the effects of ayahuasca even if it has been taken before as its strength varies from batch to batch.
People with mental health conditions or a family history of these conditions should avoid using ayahuasca. The medicine can intensify the symptoms of anxiety and paranoia.
Use of ayahuasca is likely to be more dangerous when taken in combination with alcohol or other drugs. It can also dangerous if taken with certain pharmaceutical drugs/medicines.
Many people who have taken Ayahuasca claim that the experience led to positive, long-term, life altering changes. This may be due to the effects of Ayahuasca on the neurological system.
Recent research has shown that Ayahuasca may benefit health particularly brain health in a number of ways.
The main active ingredients are DMT and β-carbolines in Ayahuasca and it shows to exhibit neuroprotective and neurorestorative qualities in some studies.
DMT activates the sigma-1 receptor, a protein that blocks neurodegeneration and regulates the production of antioxidant compounds that help protect your brain cells.
A test-tube study indicated that DMT protected human brain cells from damage caused by lack of oxygen and increased cell survival.
Additionally, a test-tube study demonstrated that exposure to harmine increased the growth of human neural progenitor cells by over 70% in 4 days. These cells generate the growth of new neural cells in your brain.
Ayahuasca may improve psychological well-being. Research has shown that taking Ayahuasca may increase the mindfulness capacity of your brain. It improves your overall psychological well-being.
Ayahuasca may help treat addiction, anxiety, treatment-resistant depression and PTSD.
Some research suggests that Ayahuasca may benefit those with depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and addiction disorders.
Additionally, a review of six studies concluded that Ayahuasca showed beneficial effects in treating depression, anxiety, mood disorders. Also beneficial effects in drug dependence.
Several studies have focused on the effects of Ayahuasca on addiction disorders, including addictions to crack cocaine, alcohol and nicotine with promising results.