Effects of Ayahuasca
October 13, 2011 | Health
Ayahuasca is obtained from the plant of the same name originating in the Perivian-Amazonian region of South America. It is a psychedelic type of drug which contains strong hallucinogenic alkaloids.
The effects of ayahuasca will be felt within one hour of the drug being ingested, and the effects will be experienced for up to about six hours. Ayahuasca is not an addictive drug, and appears to be fairly harmless, but may cause nausea when taking the substance for the first time.
Ayahuasca can bring about two effects for any person ingesting the substance; physical effects and mental effects.
A direct result of ingesting ayahuasca is the purging effect it has on the body. It causes vomiting and diarrhea which it is said clears the body of unwanted parasites and infestations, leaving the body in a thoroughly cleansed and purified state.
Many cultures which frequently use the drug have dietary methods of controlling the nausea, and preparing the body for the speedy effects of the drug. Nevertheless other effects commonly experienced include tremors, sweating, dizziness, increased blood pressure and heart rate.
It is said that ingested ayahuasca induces the most dramatic psychedelic experiences imaginable. People who have taken the drug describe long lasting dreamlike images which are frequently manifested as geometric patterns, demons and gods, and spirit guides or helpers.
Users have stated that they have gained the ability to observe events at long distances, believe that they were flying and have witnessed their own death.
The drug is used commonly by shamans in South America during the practice of religious rites, when the shaman will put himself into a long lasting trance induced by the drug.