What is Ayahausca? 

The Mystery And Truths About Ayahuasca

plant medicineThere is a lot of mystery and wonder surrounding what Ayahuasca is exactly, and most of this wonder is due to it not being found anywhere but South America, in addition to other factors. Before considering making a journey to give it a try it is important to know exactly what it is and how it can safely be used. The best thing you can do before taking any risk is to educate yourself.

Ayahuasca, which is also commonly referred to as yage, is a chemical substance that is used for spiritual purposes that causes psychological and physical changes. It is a brew, similar to a tea, that is a mixture of the Banisteriopsis caapi vine and the Psychotria viridis leaf. It is most commonly used by shamans located in the Amazon regions of South America.

Depending on the religion or beliefs behind those that utilize this drug, there are different reasons that people choose to use it, but it is known to certainly produce hallucinations that some believe to have a healing component. In fact, since the mid 1900s people have been traveling to the region in hopes of enjoying a spiritual awakening, healing emotional problems as well as beating drug addition, most commonly opiate addiction.

There is a great deal of dispute over whether or not the claims of the benefits are true. There are essentially two opinions, one that it is simply a drug that causes one to hallucinate and could possibly face serious illness or death and the opposing view that it has true healing properties that are unique to the drug itself.

There are stories of people visiting the region to experience this drugs effects to never return. It is not always clear what the cause of this is. In some cases it is known that individuals chose to not return and felt they found a better way of life. However, in other cases it is clear that they died there, but the actual cause of their death was not clear. Given these mysterious deaths, there is clearly a cause for concern as to the safety of visiting the region and using the drug.

Before deciding to visit and use the drug, you certainly should do a great deal of research. Some shamans are known world-wide as being trust worthy. Those shamans believe that they are doing a service and take the care of their visitors very seriously. With that said, there are, as in any situation, some that are out to take advantage of the interest of foreigners. Knowing the reputation of the people that you will be visiting is essential to ensure your safety. Anytime you travel abroad there is a level of risk, be sure to keep your safety in mind.

Ayahuasca has been known to man for centuries, but in recent decades has captured the interest of North Americans. Before you decide as to whether or not to make the journey to try it in its native lands be sure that you know what to expect. Safety is of the utmost importance when it comes to this journey and the substance involved.