What is Ayahuasca?

Ayahuasca is a psychoactive brew made from the Banisteriopsis caapi vine and the Psychotria viridis shrub, or a substitute, and other plant ingredients. It has been traditionally used as a ceremonial and shamanic spiritual medicine among indigenous peoples of the Amazon basin in South America, and more recently in North America and Europe. The tea causes altered states of consciousness often referred to as “psychedelic experiences” which include visual hallucinations and altered perceptions of reality. Many people consider the experiences they have as deeply profound and spiritual experiences which is why some refer to it as “The Spirit Vine”.

The active ingredient in ayahuasca, DMT, is classified as a schedule 1 drug internationally, while the plant itself remains legal in some countries. Research has suggested that ayahuasca may have potential therapeutic benefits, but its use carries risks and should be approached with caution.

While some people will report life altering experiences, some people have reported having traumatic experiences. Most shamans would agree that a seeker needs to be ready to take the medicine and that when someone is ready to take it, the spirit vine will mysteriously find its way into the seeker’s life.