Ayahuasca—also known as “the tea,” vine of the soul, la purga, and yagé—is a brew made from the stalks of the Banisteriopsis caapi vine and the leaves of the Psychotria viridis shrub, which contains the hallucinogenic drug DMT. This drink was used for spiritual and religious purposes by ancient Amazonians and is still used as a sacred beverage by some Indigenous communities in South America. A carefully guided ayahuasca journey starts with drinking the tea and involved being led by an experienced shaman on an emotionally and physically intense multi-day experience, usually accompanied by vomiting and hallucinating. Many people report that these journeys help them work through memories of traumatic events, which is why neuroscientists are beginning to study ayahuasca as a treatment for depression and PTSD. Please be aware that the substance remains illegal in most of the world. As with all hallucinogens, there are physical and psychological risks to consuming ayahuasca, and with the rise of tourist interest, there also has been a rise in questionable ayahuasca preparations sold by unskilled individuals. We’ve started gathering valuable information on this topic, but haven’t yet curated the findings.


The Psychedelic Healing Power of Ayahuasca

We visit a weekend retreat where the psychedelic drug Ayahuasca is used for therapeutic purposes by shamans who guide participants on a spiritual journey.

Ayahuasca Healing and Science

This book offers a series of perspectives on the therapeutic potential of the ritual and clinical use of the Amazonian hallucinogenic brew ayahuasca in the treatment and management of various disorders.

Introducing Ayahuasca

Amazonian healing traditions collide with Western medical sensibilities.


Can Ayahuasca Give an Intense Spiritual Experience? Sadhguru Answers

Sadhguru talks about Ayahuasca and other hallucinogenic substances that are used in some cultures to purge harmful parasites, and the possibilities and dangers of employing such substances.

The Ayahuasca Reader: Encounters with the Amazon’s Sacred Vine

The Ayahuasca Reader: Encounters with the Amazon’s Sacred Vine, is a panorama of texts translated from nearly a dozen languages on the ayahuasca experience.

What to Expect When You Drink Ayahuasca

While you can’t be ready for what you’re about to experience, there are a number of ways you can and should prepare for it.

The Ayahuasca Experience: A Sourcebook on the Sacred Vine of Spirits

An exploration of the chemical, biological, psychological, and experiential dimensions of ayahuasca • Details the scientific discovery of ayahuasca’s sophisticated psychoactive delivery system in the brain and body and its potential applications in medicine and psychology • Includes contribu...

10 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Drinking Ayahuasca

It’s impossible to be truly prepared for a psychedelic which hauls you through the doors of perception and unceremoniously throws your sense of self and reality off the edge of the world.

Psychedelic Medicine: The Healing Powers of LSD, MDMA, Psilocybin, and Ayahuasca

Explores the potential of psychedelics as medicine and the intersections of politics, science, and psychedelics • Explores the tumultuous history of psychedelic research, the efforts to restore psychedelic therapies, and the links between psychiatric drugs and mental illness • Offers non-techn...

8 Suggestions to Minimize Dangers for Ayahuasca Journeyers

It is my view that ayahuasca is not for those trauma survivors who are so fragmented that they do not have a solid sense of self to return to. Without a strong energetic and egoic foundation, this plant can take you beyond the point of no return.


The information offered here is not a substitute for professional advice. Please proceed with care and caution.


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