Ayahuasca is a beverage brewed by indigenous people in the Amazon basin.1 It’s a complex medicine meaning “vine of the souls” in Quechua.1 This psychoactive brew is made from two main components. Active agents include β-carboline and tryptamine derivatives.2 Interestingly, there are no known effects when only one of the ingredients of ayahuasca are consumed, but once pieced together, there are many ayahuasca health benefits.3 Ayahuasca is used for psychological disorders, with benefits like ayahuasca healing depression and ayahuasca healing addiction. The ayahuasca herb also has a reputation for treating drug abuse disorders.4 More research is needed on ayahuasca health benefits. Part of ayahuasca effects may be attributed to its spiritual nature. It’s also suggested that the ayahuasca herb may impact low grade inflammation and oxidative stress.2 Some people use ayahuasca cancer remedies and ayahuasca anxiety treatments.
Ayahuasca effects are said to be very beneficial to mental health. Among these benefits, it may help treat anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and drug addictions. Ayahuasca effects have an overall impact on your psychological well-being.5 Other conditions it’s considered effective in treating include:
Ayahuasca side effects may include interactions with certain drugs, especially those containing Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI’s). Do not take ayahuasca if you’re currently taking any drugs containing MAOI’s, those that affect serotonin levels (such as antidepressants), or other medications.7 Taking illegal or recreational drugs may also be dangerous and induce ayahuasca side effects.
Do not take ayahuasca if you have a heart condition, are pregnant, or have diabetes.7 You should also avoid it if you have severe high blood pressure, are suffering from a life-threatening illness, or have a psychiatric condition like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.8 It’s important to be honest and upfront about any medications or drugs you’re taking or if you have a health condition before going through an ayahuasca ceremony. Be aware that while there are many ayahuasca health benefits, it should not be used in place of therapy. Instead, the ayahuasca herb should support other types of therapy, whether you’re taking an ayahuasca anxiety remedy or an ayahuasca cancer remedy. Also be aware that ayahuasca is not legalized or regulated in the United States and some other countries, so it’s important to head caution if you’re planning to travel to the Amazon to partake of the substance.9