Ayahuasca is the psychedelic concoction used ritually by the shamans, healers or ayahuasca masters of the Amazonian ethnic groups – since more than five thousand years ago – as a way to obtain the expansion of consciousness.
The huasca, yagé, purga or daime, are some of the names used to refer to this ancient and sacred potion. The brew is obtained by mixing two or more pharmacologically active substances: the liana of the Ayahuasca (Banisteriopsis caapi) and the Chacruna (Psychotria viridis), which are crushed and boiled in boiling water for up to 16 hours.
What are its effects?
The mixture of both plants is able to induce altered states of consciousness to the person who has taken the drink, and its effects can last between four and eight hours. People usually present hallucinations of all kinds and that is why in the Amazon forest they are swallowed accompanied by a spiritual guide or shaman and after performing a special ritual. For those who ingest it, ayahuasca is a medicinal drink and is used in some rehabilitation therapies to fight against addictions, so in recent years its consumption has risen outside the Amazon rainforest.
Intake causes access to a modified state of consciousness in which visions and emotions that can be intense may occur. The toxicity is practically zero in healthy people, according to several studies.
In traditional use, ayahuasca is considered a source of knowledge. But it is a knowledge that acquires meaning in a given cultural context, which provides a coherent interpretation of experience.
Scientists who research it believe that the plant can help overcome or alleviate addictions, emotional trauma, depression or mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, always within the framework of a therapeutic use directed by an expert.
Ayahuasca as such is not on the list of narcotic substances of the UN. However, there is DMT, one of the active substances to which the psychological effects are attributed.
In Spain, the situation is considered to be a legal vacuum. There are groups that use it with discretion in a neo-charistic or religious framework. In Brazil, the United States and the Netherlands, its religious use is recognized.
Ayahuasca Manu Peru
Ayahuasca is often referred to as the Grandmother Spirit, which is why we call ourselves Grandma’s Home. At Parign Hak, our Ayahuasca work is about holistic cleansing, healing and learning, in a safe and welcoming environment with a strong maternal and familial presence.
Ceremonial work at Manu National Park follows the Shipibo tradition but unfolds within the cultural context of the Harakbut people, and within the natural environment of the Amazonian mountain rainforest between the Manu Biosphere Reserve and the Amarakaeri Communal Reserve.