BENEFITS OF AYAHUASCA: IS IT WORTH IT?
What if we told you a hallucinogenic can make your life better? Ayahuasca ceremonies are the next wellness trend, everyone is thinking about trying. Ayahuasca is a mixture derived from a plant found in the Amazon.
When people consume it in various forms, it’s said to cause an altered state of consciousness. These states can involve psychoactive visions, making it a central part of shamanic ceremonies.
Many people who take ayahuasca report having their lives changed. They feel more grounded and have a renewed sense of purpose.
Following an ayahuasca ceremony or retreat, some people decide to start a new career, leave a toxic relationship, and more.
But are the benefits of ayahuasca actually worth it?
What Ayahuasca Does to Your Body
First, you consume ayahuasca typically through a brew. This brew is extracted from the medicinal ayahuasca plant itself.
While there are different types of ayahuasca brew itself, most are derived in order to have a profound, visionary, and/or medicinal effect.
The component that induces psychoactivity in the brain is called DMT. This substance occurs naturally in the ayahuasca plant as well as in the human body. DMT is hallucinogenic, making it the chemical responsible for ayahuasca’s psychoactive effect on the body.
People are still studying DMT and what it actually does in our bodies. But it’s clear that DMT plays a significant role in the way we dream. It’s also significant in spiritual revelations, near-death experiences, and psychosis.
The process is still fuzzy, but when you ingest ayahuasca in brew form, you invite extra DMT into your system. DMT starts interacting with certain neuroreceptors, triggering a hallucinogenic or psychoactive state.
Basically, DMT in the brain can cause you to hallucinate, experience visions, and hone in on your stress management. Effects last for four to eight hours after ingesting ayahuasca.
The Benefits of Ayahuasca
- Stress management, helps you take charge of stress and its effects at the cellular level. Stopping outside stress from becoming inside stress
- Alleviation of diseases and conditions including depression, anxiety disorders, Parkinson’s, brain trauma, autoimmune diseases, and even cancer
- Feelings of calm, peace, and physical release
- Expanded consciousness and visions
- Spiritual revelations. This is because DMT can elevate sense perception and the “reality factor” of the imagination.
- DMT component also helps regulate emotions and improve cognitive function. It does this by balancing out certain neurotransmitters in the brain that affect feelings of fear, decision-making, and more
Certain people may hallucinate or have visions that help them directly address emotional or psychological struggles. Others may feel that they can communicate with the spirit world, the universe, or consciousness itself.
As a result, people may be able to experience the following psychological benefits of this medicinal plant:
- Improved decision-making and cognitive abilities
- Elevated awareness of one’s body
- An experience of mental catharsis
- Boosted levels of self-esteem and feelings of confidence
- A stronger ability to identify and manage emotions
- Deep introspection and self-communication
- Processing of trauma, past events, and more
All of these benefits, you might note, are often linked to results of common therapy.
Greater self-awareness can help people struggling with PTSD or other forms of trauma process the past and discover healing. Mental catharsis can initiate healthy life choices.
What’s more, these benefits of ayahuasca can improve relationships and enable mindfulness. They also encourage positive spiritual revelations.
In this regard, ayahuasca can help people encountering addiction or depression.
Is It Worth It?
In this post we’ve talked about the benefits of ayahuasca, and what this medicinal plant can do for people from all walks of life.
It can expand consciousness, leading to the alleviation of depression and PTSD. Ayahuasca can also instigate emotional healing that can initiate significant life changes.
This plant also can play a role in healing physical conditions, including cancer and autoimmune diseases.
So, is this all actually worth it?
Our answer is: yes.
But there’s a qualifier to this answer. Ayahuasca is designed to benefit the right person. Before taking part in a ceremony, it’s important to do it for the right reasons.
Sure, you can take ayahuasca just for the fun of it. But it’s actually historically a scared practice.
Right now, it’s actually being used to treat drug addiction, especially in South America.
Ayahuasca is not a cure-all medicinal plant. But it does offer a convincing supplement to current paths of therapy and healing.
If you’ve read this post and want to go sign up for an ayahuasca ceremony now, great! Make sure you do your research well and be intentional about your decision.
But also think carefully about what assistance you are seeking from ayahuasca.
Ideally, speak to someone who knows these things, such as a local shaman or counselor. It’s important to make an informed decision when you go off seeking the benefits of ayahuasca.
Have an experience with this medicinal brew? Share your thoughts in the comments below!