Ayahuasca can change your life, but not necessarily for the better. This emerging plant based substance has been touted as everything from curing drug addictions to allowing one to see into another dimension. For some, experiencing an ayahuasca trip can be a religious experience.
The plant based substance has been a staple of traditional medicine in the Peruvian rain forest. It has been administered by trained shamans for a variety of health reasons, both mental and physical. It causes psychotropic reactions due to its dimethyltryptamine (DMT) that is released when the plant leaves are cooked in conjunction with another plant.
A normal part of the treatment is vigorous vomiting. Sometimes the client also experiences diarrhea. The chemicals in the brew can kill intestinal worms and the vomiting and voiding expel them.
The psychotropic part of the trip is a psychedelic experience, often with little creatures in the hallucinations. This part of the trip may cause physical health problems such as heart attacks and death.
As the European and N. American public has become more aware of this psychotropic drug a lucrative industry has sprung up in Peru. Known as Ayahuasca Tourists many go to stay at questionable and expensive camps to experience a transformation or a very trippy experience.
Traditional shamans recommend that this drug should only be taken in the presence of one or several experienced shamans. This has led to some problems where participants may have been guided by poorly trained cookers. Some cookers have been accused of adding other psychotropic drugs to the mix without understanding their effects. One of the drugs that may contaminate the mixture is Brugmansia or angel trumpet which gives very bad trips.
A dispute and denunciation regarding the commercialization of this drug has been made about an organization called Ayahuasca International. The owner of this business runs retreats in Europe where the mixture is administered.
Commercialization in Peru has become lucrative as well. Per night costs for a retreat there can easily cost the participant $1200 USD. Cost is not guarantee of a good experience. Women have been sexually assaulted under the influence of the drug and others have died when they wandered away and met with mishaps.
DMT is classified as a controlled substance in Australia, Canada, France, New Zealand, the UK and US.
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