Ayahuasca: Intense Hallucinogen Medicine

For centuries, a number of tribes in the United States, particularly in the Amazon rainforest, have used the ayahuasca hallucinogen to help steer people through visual and audio hallucinations. They usually used it as a magical potion in a ceremony which is called the ayahuasca retreat.

These days, the magical potion is more recognized as a kind of traditional drug or medicine that has been becoming more and more popular around the world, with a number of previous studies that have shown that this drug will be able to treat depression and anxiety. How is the potion which is made of those herbs and plants able to work more intensely than LSD which stands for Lysergic acid diethylamide, a psychedelic drug that is known for its psychological effects?

In fact, even though most people think that ayahuasca is a single plant, in fact, it is a combination of two plants, the leaves of Psychotria Viridis and Banisteriopsis caapi vines. They make the Ayahuasca potion by mixing those leaves as the main ingredients with several other plants which can be found in the rainforest. The mixture of all of those ingredients will result in hallucinogenic powers, but the leaves are known to contain DMT, a substance that has a structure similar to serotonin neurotransmitter, which is also found in magic mushrooms, which has the potential for healing depression as well.

The enzymes in our digestion are normally capable of not activating the DMT so that it will not affect us. However, the vines contained in the ayahuasca block the enzyme to work properly and allow the DMT to enter the bloodstream. Within half an hour of consuming the plant, the drink will begin to have a hallucinating effect, and the effect lasts for six hours.