mental health and ayahuasca

Healing the Body and Soul: The Use of Ayahuasca Assisted Therapy to Treat Substance Use Disorders

Written by: Elie De Franca, LCSW, LCADC Ayahuasca is an Amazonian plant mixture that is capable of inducing altered states of consciousness, which may last anywhere from four to right hours after ingestion. The effects of this plant mixture can range from mildly stimulating to extremely visionary. Ayahuasca is used primarily as a medicine and as a shamanic means of communication, typically in a ceremonial session under the guidance of an experienced drinker. The main ingredient of this jungle tea is a vine, Banisteriopsis caapi, which like the tea itself is also called ayahuasca (which means ‘vine of the soul’ or ‘vine with a soul’). The secondary ingredient is either chacruna (Psychotria viridis) or chagropanga (Diplopterys cabrerana), plants that contain a relatively high amount of the...

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