FAQs about Ayahuasca
Who uses Ayahuasca?
Ayahuasca is used by people all over the globe and of all walks of life. Many successful industry leaders have used it as well. Here is a list of some of them
And many of the successful people you admire…
What is it like taking Ayahuasca?
Everyone has their own experience. That is both good, and bad in that it makes it next to impossible to really explain the experience. You have to do Ayahuasca to actually understand.
First, we want to reiterate this is not a recreational drug. It’s possible that you may not experience anything from a hallucinogenic aspect; however, that does not mean that it is not working on you. Whatever you experience, as long as you follow our simple guide you will benefit from the experience.
So when approaching this medicine, you should go in without expectations. Or an agenda, but setting an intention is good.
You’d also be wise to make sure you’re in a “good place” first because taking ayahuasca is like facing your worst demons in yourself: it’s uncomfortable, at best.
The drink itself tastes like medicine. It has a woody, somewhat chocolaty taste along with a bitterness similar to raw juiced kale but on a whole new level.
It is rare that you will feel anything for the first couple of minutes. If you separate the first dose into the MAOI vine drink, then take the DMT component after waiting about 30 minutes, you will likely just start to feel a little drunk.
Then a short time after anywhere from 10-30 minutes you may begin to experience some closed eye visuals. After that, many people report being in contact with a feminine energy affectionately called Mother, Ayahuasca, who may appear in vision or simply in feelings and intuition. The best course of action is always to surrender and allow the experience to unfold, knowing that nothing can harm you. We find using the tool of gratitude especially powerful—simply giving thanks for everything that occurs, knowing it is for your healing.
Who should take Ayahuasca?
Anyone who is ready for it, and does not fall under the risks categories listed here.
Can it be detected in a drug test?
We always have DMT in our brain, even when not using Ayahuasca, so it is not the type of substance that is screened for in typical drug tests. DMT is also not chemically similar to substances that are typically tested for, so the likelihood of triggering a false positive for other drugs is near zero. There have been recent reports of tests done on bottle of Ayahuasca by customs agents returning false positives on tests for amphetamines, but this would only be a concern for those attempting to smuggle Ayahuasca into a country where it is illegal.
Will it make me sick?
Ayahuasca will often induce nausea or diarrhea in the early stages of the experience. This is why, traditionally, users will avoid eating or drinking for some time before the ceremony. But, this is part of how Ayahuasca works. It is considered a purification of the body and spirit, and a crucial part of the ceremony. There have been no reports of long-lasting harm from this aspect of the ceremony and most people feel quite detoxified after such purges.
Do I have to travel to Peru for a ceremony/retreat?
Although traditional ayahuasca ceremonies are mostly found in Central and South America, there are many places you can find the brew. Various religious groups use ayahuasca in their gatherings. The UDV, for example, is a christian organization that uses ayahuasca legally in its ceremonies. In the U.S. there are now other churches using Ayahuasca openly, and anyone can attend the ceremonies usually with advanced planning. (add links)
Will I have a negative experience?
Ayahuasca contains an intense psychedelic drug, and you will almost certainly not have a gentle experience. However, taken in the right context and with the right mindset, most people report the experience to be extremely meaningful. Ayahuasca can help you view various painful aspects of your life, allowing you to see how they can be made better. This experience may not be pleasant, but it almost always results in healing.
Can I mix it with other drugs?
Ayahuasca should not be mixed with any drugs or medications, and it should also be avoided in combination with many supplements and foods. Click here to learn more.
Can I microdose with ayahuasca?
There is not much information about ayahuasca microdosing, as microdosing is most commonly performed with LSD and psilocybin. However, as it contains DMT, a classic psychedelic in the same family as LSD and psilocybin, it can be microdosed in a similar way. We have heard reports of people microdosing at night with just the Ayahuasca vine (B. Caapi) as a way to sleep better, connect more to the subconscious dream world, and maintain a connection between ceremonies.
Does ayahuasca produce tolerance?
Ayahuasca tolerance is very mild: you can take another dose within a day, without significantly reduced effects. It also does not produce tolerance to other psychedelics.