Ayahuasca Life

Just another WordPress.com site

Why Ayahuasca?

leave a comment »

Because Ayahusca is a significant part of my life I am fairly open about my trips to Peru,  drinking Ayahuasca and other plant medicines.  This openess prompts a couple of questions from people.  The most common are as follows:

– ‘So, aren’t you  basically taking a drug in the jungle?’  This is true from a western reductionist viewpoint.  Asprin is a drug, caffeine is a drug, Prozac is a drug, etc….The interesting thing is that we are constantly perscribed drugs in the west.  It is just that the side effects do not include hallucinations.  Instead western drug side effects include low sex drive, drowsiness, blood thinning, blood clotting, etc…  For some reason, westerners have no problem with THOSE side effects.  Western drug side effects lack the benefit of experiential learning that Ayahuasca visions provide.

There is also an assumption with the above statement that Ayahuasca, because it causes hallucinations, is a recreational drug.  This simply is not true.  Ayahuasca is taken to cure mental ailments, physical ailments, and to expand conciousness.  It is NOT an easy drug to take.  The taste often produces a gag response, there is a good chance of vomiting or diahrea, etc..  There are reasons the local drug dealer does not sell Ayahuasca.

Finally there are several studies that have shown Ayahuasca is useful in the treatment of several ailments.  These studies even indicate that Ahahuasca can be used for general mental health and physical well being.  Our western culture has simply been brainwashed  to think that ALL hallucinogens are bad or dangerous.  We have been lied to.  Wake up, read the research and think for yourself.  Links to scientific studies are at the bottom of this post.

– The other question I get is ‘Aren’t there other ways to  reach the same spiritual “goals”?’  This question/statement implies that there is something wrong with Ayahuasca.  That is fine…those people who make that statement are just projecting their spirituality onto me.  Ayahuasca is part of MY PATH.  In fact when I hear this question I don’t even engage as these people are clearly not so far down their own path.  How can someone make this statement without ANY experience or knowledge.  I am also confused by the use of the word “goals” or “place”.  WTF???


In my personal experience I have noticed several benefits.  They are as follows:

– Increased ability to “let things go”.  Percieved wrongs against me are percieved as such for only a very short time if at all.  I have learned that most of the time these wrongs are “just a story”my mind has created to feed my ego.  I recently realized political discussions are pointless and let them go.  Political discussions are a continual loop with NO ANSWER, NO TRUTH.  Political discussions are a “mind fuck”.  I am pretty sure we can find more fun ways to fuck.  Maybe you agree.

– Realization of connectedness with others, the universe, and God.  This is a pure experiential realization…words do little justice.  This realization leads to compassion and understanding for others and myself.

– Improved physical health.  After doing an Ayahuasca workshop I feel energized and focused.  I find myself more disciplined about diet, drinking/drugs, and sex.  All of which contribute to physical health.  I have also noticed that my flexibility has improved markedly post Ayahuasca as energy blockages have been cleared.

I could go on and on, but that in a nutshell is why I drink Ayahuasca.  Below are links to articles and studies on Ayahuasca.


The Power To Heal. April 26th, 2010 by fernando.

Visionary Vine. Hallucinogenic Healing in the Peruvian Amazon.

The Scientific Investigation of Ayahuasca – A Review of Past and Current Research. Dennis J McKenna, PhD — Heffter Research Institute. J C Callaway, PhD — Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, University of Kuopio, Finland. Charles S Grob MD –Heffter Research Institute, Department of Psychiatry, Harbor/UCLA Medical Center.

Use of South American plants for the treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders. Eliana Rodrigues1 and E. A. Carlini2.

Altered States of Consciousness and Psychological After-Effects Induced by the First Time Ritual Use of Ayahuasca in an Urban Context in Brazil. Paulo Cesar et al. 

Can psychedelic drugs play a role in palliative care?

Plants and the Central Nervous System. E.A. Carlini. Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior, 2003.

Effects of the South American psychoactive beverage Ayahuasca on regional brain electrical activity in humans.  Jordi Riba, et al.

Ayahuasca Healing Journey – Into the Amazon. By: John Gamble.

Ayahuasca Healing Journey – Into the Amazon – Part II. By: John Gamble. This is Part 2 continuing John Gamble’s Ayahuasca Healing Journey – Into the Amazon.

A modern-day shamanistic healer in the Peruvian Amazon: pharmacopoeia and trance.  Dobkin de Rios M.  J Psychoactive Drugs. 1989 Jan-Mar;21(1):91-9.

Human Psychopharmacology of Hoasca: a plant hallucinogen used in ritual context in Brazil. Grob CS, McKenna DJ, Callaway JC, Brito GS, Oberlaender G, Saide OL, Labigalini E, Tacla C, Miranda CT, Strassman RJ, Boone KB. Feb 1996;184(2):86-94. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disorders.

New Studies of Psychedelics Sunday, Dec 30th, 2007 Research Studies, Sacred Plants.

Effects of ayahuasca on sensory and sensorimotor gating in humans. by J Riba - 2002. Ayahuasca Research - MAPS. HUMAN PHARMACOLOGY OF AYAHUASCA. Therapeutic Potential of Ayahuasca: how it works, an overview of. 10. The Scientific Investigation of Ayahuasca: A Review of Past by DJ McKenna - 1998.

AYAHUASCA VERSUS VIOLENCE – A CASE REPORT EDE FRECSKA National Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology, Budapest, Hungary.

J Psychoactive Drugs. 2009 Sep;41(3):205-12. A six-month prospective evaluation of personality traits, psychiatric symptoms and quality of life in ayahuasca-naïve subjects. Barbosa PC, Cazorla IM, Giglio JS, Strassman R. Departamento de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas, Universidade Estadual de Santa Cruz (UESC), Ilhéus, Bahia, Brazil.
 pcesarr@yahoo.com.br This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Ayahuasca in Adolescence: A Preliminary Psychiatric Assessment. Dartiu Xavier Da Silveira, M.D., Ph.D.; Charles S. Grob, M.D.; Marlene Dobkin de Rios, Ph.D.; Enrique Lopez, Psy.D.; Luisa K. Alonso, Ph.D.; et al. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs 129 Volume 37 (2), June 2005.

Increased frontal and paralimbic activation following ayahuasca, the pan-amazonian inebriant. Jordi Riba . Sergio Romero . Eva Grasa . Esther Mena . Ignasi Carrió . Manel J. Barbanoj. Psychopharmacology (2006) 186: 93–98.

Platelet serotonin uptake sites increased in drinkers of ayahuasca. James C Callaway 1,2., Mauno M Airaksinen l, Dennis J McKenna 3, Glacus S Brito 4, Charles S Grob 5. Psychopharmacology (1994) 116:385-387.

J Ethnopharmacol. 2010 Apr 21;128(3):662-71. Epub 2010 Feb 26. Composition, standardization and chemical profiling of Banisteriopsis caapi, a plant for the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders relevant to Parkinson's disease. Wang YH, Samoylenko V, Tekwani BL, Khan IA, Miller LS, Chaurasiya ND, Rahman MM, Tripathi LM, Khan SI, Joshi VC, Wigger FT, Muhammad I. National Center for Natural Products Research, Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Pharmacy, University of Mississippi, University, MS 38677, USA.

Psychointegrators: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on the Therapeutic Effects of n Hallucinogens Michael Winkelman Complementary Health Practice Review 2001; 6; 219.

Neips Site Publishes Phd Thesis on Ayahuasca therapy. 

Religion and Psychoactive Sacraments An Entheogen Chrestomathy. Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D. and Paula Jo Hruby, Ed.D. Heffter Review of Psychedelic Research. (1998). Vol. 1. Santa Fe NM: The Heffter Research Institute.

Psychedelic Healing? ( Preview ). Hallucinogenic drugs, which blew minds in the 1960s, soon may be used to treat mental ailments By David Jay Brown 

Written by ayahuascalife

November 12, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: