Am I going to go crazy after drinking Ayahuasca?

Am I going to go crazy after drinking Ayahuasca?

In recent years, there’s been a growing interest in the ancient ritual of Ayahuasca. We at LaWayra Retreat have hosted numerous individuals seeking transformative experiences. One of the most common concerns we’ve encountered is the fear of long-term negative mental and emotional effects after an Ayahuasca session. People ask – am I going to go crazy after drinking Ayahuasca? Let’s answer this with a genuine conversation, backed by research and our experience after 100s of ceremonies.

1. Our Experience Speaks Volumes

First and foremost, based on our experience with over 1000 guests and after 100s of ceremonies, we haven’t witnessed any of them suffer from long-term emotional imbalances like fear or anxiety post-Ayahuasca. In fact, many have found clarity, peace, and an enhanced sense of well-being.

2. Scientific Research & Ayahuasca

Numerous scientific studies have been conducted to understand Ayahuasca’s effects on the human psyche:

– A 2016 study published in Psychological Medicine indicated that Ayahuasca might have therapeutic potential for treating depression and anxiety. This reinforces the idea that, for many, the plant can offer relief rather than inducing these states. [1]

– Research from the Journal of Ethnopharmacology found no negative cognitive effects among long-term Ayahuasca users. This shows that even repeated use doesn’t harm one’s mental faculties. [2]

3. The Body’s Natural Detoxification

Ayahuasca is metabolized by the body within a few hours. While the journey might be profound and intense, the compounds are flushed from the system rather quickly, ensuring no lingering physiological effects.

4. Setting Matters

At LaWayra, we’ve always believed that the setting plays a crucial role. We offer a safe, supportive environment that is conducive to positive experiences. The right setting can significantly minimize any potential transient negative feelings post-session.

5. Preparation and Integration

One of the keys to ensuring a beneficial Ayahuasca experience is proper preparation beforehand and integration afterwards. Our approach is holistic, providing guests with guidance both before and after their journey, which significantly boosts their chances of a positive and lasting transformation.

In conclusion, while every individual is unique and experiences with Ayahuasca can vary, the overwhelming majority of evidence – both anecdotal from retreats like ours and from the scientific community – suggests that long-term negative mental or emotional effects are extremely rare. It’s essential to make informed decisions, seek out reputable retreats, and listen to your own intuition. Remember, we’re here to guide, support, and ensure that your journey with Ayahuasca is both safe and transformative.

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Sam Believ – LaWayra


[1] Palhano-Fontes, F., et al. (2016). Rapid antidepressant effects of the psychedelic Ayahuasca in treatment-resistant depression: a randomized placebo-controlled trial. Psychological Medicine.
[2] Bouso, J. C., et al. (2012). Personality, psychopathology, life attitudes and neuropsychological performance among ritual users of Ayahuasca: a longitudinal study. Journal of Ethnopharmacology.

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