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Alondra Hernandez

Gustavo Ibarra

Life society and drugs

April 20th, 2017

Ayahuasca

Ayahuasca is an Amazonian plant that induces altered states of consciousness. It is

made like a tea and usually lasts around 4 to 8 hours. The drink is made up of a vine

called Ayahuasca (vine of the soul), and Chacruna or Chagropanga. These are plants

that contain a high amount of the psychedelic substances. In order to make the Ayahuasca

brew, you need to boil the plants and bark together. Sections of Banisteriopsis caapi vine

are macerated and boiled alone or with leaves from any of a number of other plants,

including Psychotria viridis or Diplopterys cabrerana. The resulting brew may contain

the powerful psychedelic drug DMT and MAO inhibiting harmala alkaloids, which are

necessary to make the DMT orally active. The traditional making of ayahuasca follows a

ritual process that requires the user to pick the lower chacruna leaf at sunrise then say a

prayer. The vine must be "cleaned meticulously with wooden spoons and pounded "with

wooden mallets until its fibre." (Ayahuasca, 2017)

People who have consumed Ayahuasca report having spiritual revelations

regarding their purpose on earth, the true nature of the universe as well as deep insight

into how to be the best person they possibly can. This is viewed by many as a spiritual
awakening and what is often described as a rebirth. In addition, it is often reported that

individuals feel they gain access to higher spiritual dimensions and make contact with

various spiritual or extra-dimensional beings who can act as guides or healers

(Ayahuasca, 2017). The high is similar to LSD or mushrooms, and people use Ayahuasca

for many purposes other than for fun. I learned they use it to communicate with nature, to

see what is causing illness on a spiritual level, to explore your mind, and to confront their

deepest fears. Many people say you usually feel refreshed and reborn after an experience.

Many people look for physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional cures, and Ayahuasca has

been known to take away addiction and depression. People consider this a miracle cure,

but not because itll take their issues away. It is because while under the effect of

Ayahuasca, it enables you to work on them. Alone, they do not have any effect on the

body, but together they have the hallucinogenic effects. Our stomach enzymes normally

deactivate the DMT, but the vines inhibit the enzymes from working properly. Which

then allows the DMT to travel to the blood and brain. Ayahuasca Hyper activates the

entire brain region, Where we store and process emotional memory. Which is why people

take Ayahuasca often uncover long forgotten memories.

Ayahuasca has been known to cure many people from fear, phobias, personal and

family issues, body dysmorphias, and many more. I read many articles about people and

their first experiences with Ayahuasca. The first night, she helped me deal with the

death of my Dad. I miss him so much at times that its hard for me to think or talk about

him without tearing up. She brought up memories that I had long forgotten. Then, she
told me that hes proud of me, and loves me very much. She told me he will always be

with me. Not going to lie, I bawled my eyes out like a baby. When I snapped out of it a

few hours later, I felt much better. The medicine wore off after about 5 hours, and I was

able to go back downstairs to my comfy bed to get some rest. (My First Ayahuasca

Experience, 2014). I can personally relate to what this people went through in her life.

My father passed away when I was 12 but because I was at an awkward stage in my life I

felt like I needed to bury it and grow up much faster than my friends. I feel that if I ever

tried Ayahuasca that it would help me actually feel the emotions of my father passing and

would eventually allow me to get over my fathers passing.

This same person not only was able to get over her fathers passing, but also found

something else that Ayahuasca could help her with. I also had an uncanny ability to

perceive precisely what the people in my life wanted. I just thought of them, and, ding, I

knew. Mom just wants appreciation. Give it to her. (My First Ayahuasca Experience,

2014). I think a lot of times in our lives, we often dont think about what other people

need. Especially when youre going through a rough time in your life, it is your first

instinct to think about yourself. Ayahuasca is something that can help you clear your head

and take a look at what other people think.

Some side effects include intense vomiting and diarrhea, but the people take this

as a sign of purity in the body. Studies have even shown this is not an addictive substance

or something you gain tolerance to, so you dont have to drink more, the more you drink

it. You always purge the medicine, but usually you try to hold it down for at least 20
minutes. It was physically impossible for me to hold it down. At first I was frustrated

with myself. I wanted a stronger trip because I was hoping to have a vision like everyone

else had by now. About 10 minutes later however, I was very glad that I purged when I

did. I had the most intense hour of my life. My entire body was shaking. The feelings I

felt are absolutely indescribable. I felt like I was slowly separating from my body. The

vibrations were extreme. (My First Ayahuasca Experience, 2014). As you can see from

this passage I took out of an article I read, the purge process was a really horrible

experience. At the retreat this person went to, the increase the dosages do that people

could get a little used to it because they went all out. She has mentioned that other times

it was a short purge but that the last one was really intense.

People who have experienced Ayahuasca also have notice that if can help them find their

calling. From one article I saw a women go in thinking she wasnt worthy of being

happy in a relationship and came out realizing her ex boyfriends didnt justify who she

was. On another article she found who she was meant to be. You just have to release the

pain, sadness and guilt that you feel. I love you, and Im one of your soul guides now, so

I am always with you. I burst into tears. I cried and cried and cried. It was the biggest

emotional release of my life. Afterward it felt like a massive weight had been lifted from

my shoulders. The intense vibrations quickly subsided and I could open my eyes again. I

saw that my friend next to me was having a tough time, so I hugged her and held her

hand until she stopped shaking. It really helped me to help her. While I held her hand,

Pachamama reminded me that my mission in life is to help others, and to show love to
everyone I meet. She said she knows that expressing the love I feel for others can scare

me sometimes, especially since Ive been hurt so often in life. (My First Ayahuasca

Experience, 2014) This passage showed me that Ayahuasca can really help someone find

then selves and find what their life calling is.

I personally dont think Ayahuasca is something that should be considered such a

wrong thing to do. I believe that people should be okay to do what is going to improve

their way of like and of thinking. I honestly can say that something like Ayahuasca could

help solve so many problems we have in the world. Such as racism, hate crimes, and

labeling. Everything we learn comes from our parents and their believes usually become

ours are we get older because that is what we grow up hearing. Ayahuasca is known to

reprograming your mind and if thats what it takes to stop help ourselves and our planet

than it should be something that we should try and do. Internationally, DMT is a

Schedule I drug under the Convention on Psychotropic Substances. The Commentary on

the Convention on Psychotropic Substances notes, however, that the plants containing it

are not subject to international control (Ayahuasca, 2017).

I have known about Ayahuasca before I started this project and have always been

fascinated about what it can do for you. This is a drug that I would defiantly think about

trying. I think I could gain a lot from it. Especially because I have a really bad memory

and it would be amazing of Ayahuasca could help me discover some things that I didnt

even know where in my brain.


Citations

"Ayahuasca." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 22 Apr. 2017. Web. 24 Apr. 2017.

<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayahuasca>.

"My First Ayahuasca Experience." By Enlightened Consciousness. N.p., 02 Oct.

2014. Web. 24 Apr. 2017. <http://www.the-open-mind.com/my-first-ayahuasca-

experience-2/>.