Ayahuasca: The Dark Side and Dangers
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There is an unfortunate misconception that natural means safe, and that’s not necessarily true. The following provides an overview of one natural but not necessarily safe psychoactive substance called ayahuasca, which is made from the bani stereopsis caapi vine, and other ingredients.
This is a plant native to the Amazon region, and it’s a psychoactive drug because it can create altered states of consciousness. When someone takes ayahuasca, the effects can vary pretty dramatically from one person to the next, and one experience to the next. For example, some people can use ayahuasca and just find that it’s a little stimulating, while other people report having extreme visions.
The primary ingredient of ayahuasca, which is taken as a tea, is a vine. The vine is also called ayahuasca, and it means vine of the soul or vine with a soul. These teas also have other ingredients, such as the chacruna plant, which also has a psychedelic substance called DMT. While the tea is named after the vine element it’s made with, it’s the DMT that creates the experience so many people associated with the use of ayahuasca.
The name of this root and tea substance comes from the Quechua language, spoken in places like Ecuador, Bolivia, and Peru. There are also different names for the brew based on different groups of people. For example, in Peru, the Sharanahua people call it shori.
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