You might have heard stories of people traveling to distant destinations to enjoy taking a psychoactive brew, Ayahuasca. In this blog post, we’re going to discuss Ayahuasca in detail so you know what exactly it is.
What is Ayahuasca?
Ayahuasca, also known as the vine, the tea, and la purge, is a psychoactive brew made from Psychotria viridis shrub leaves along with the stems of Banisteriopsis caapi vine. Other ingredients and plants may also be added to improve the taste. It has been used since ancient times for religious and spiritual purposes. Psychotria viridis and Banisteriopsis caapi are the main ingredients of Ayahuasca – both possess hallucinogenic properties.
Benefits of Ayahuasca
The majority of people who have taken Ayahuasca experience a positive change in their life. This can be due to Ayahuasca’s effects on neurological system. A recent study has shown that Ayahuasca brew may benefit brain health in a number of ways.
Improved brain health
β-carbolines and DMT, the main ingredients in Ayahuasca, have been shown to depict neurorestorative and neuroprotective qualities in some researches. DMT stimulates the Sigma-1 receptor, a protein that is known for regulating the making of antioxidant compounds and blocking neurodegeneration. A test-tube study showed that DMT provided human brain cells with protection from damage caused by low oxygen. The main β-carboline Harimine in Ayahuasca has been found to offer neuroprotective, anti-inflammatory, and memory-boosting effects in the test tube and animal studies.
May help treat anxiety and treatment-resistant depression
Ayahuasca has been shown to be effective in treating anxiety, addiction, PTSD, and treatment-resistant depression. Some studies suggest that Ayahuasca can benefit those who are struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and other addiction disorders. But before you start taking Ayahuasca, be sure to consult with your physician or dietician to see if it is safe for your body type.