Benefits of Ayahuasca
Ayahuasca, an ancient Amazonian brew, has seen a recent surge in popularity across the globe. But with the growing attention, it’s crucial to separate fact from fiction and understand its genuine benefits. Here at LaWayra retreat near Medellin, Colombia, we’ve had the privilege of hosting many groups. From our firsthand experiences and with the backing of science, we delve into the genuine benefits of Ayahuasca.
1. Psychological Healing and Personal Growth
One of the most talked-about benefits of Ayahuasca is its potential for deep psychological healing. A study from the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs in 2019 found that Ayahuasca could assist with reducing the symptoms of depression, anxiety, and PTSD. These benefits aren’t just fleeting either. Many participants report feeling these positive effects long after the Ayahuasca ceremony has ended.
2. A Boost in Creativity
Many guests of LaWayra and other retreats often mention a notable increase in creativity after their Ayahuasca experience. It’s not just anecdotal; a 2016 study in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience highlighted that Ayahuasca allows different areas of the brain to communicate in unique ways, potentially leading to enhanced creativity.
In our own experience we had people write songs and create art during the retreat and right after.
3. Enhancing Mindfulness and Awareness
Living in the present is something many of us struggle with in our fast-paced lives. Ayahuasca can provide a profound experience of living in the moment. While this might sound a bit “out there”, a 2016 study published in Current Drug Abuse Reviews highlighted that Ayahuasca users often exhibit higher levels of mindfulness compared to those who have never taken the brew.
4. Addiction and Substance Abuse Treatment
The world of addiction therapy has started to take note of Ayahuasca’s potential. A study from 2013 in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs mentioned that Ayahuasca could have therapeutic effects for those struggling with substance addiction. It’s thought that the deep introspection and confrontation of personal issues during an Ayahuasca ceremony can help users understand and tackle the root causes of their addiction.
From our anecdotal data we have people who quit drinking for example some of who did not even intend to.
Here is an interview I recorded with one of the guests who quit drinking after an Ayahuasca experience.
5. Improved Overall Well-being
It’s hard to put a finger on it, but many Ayahuasca users report an improved sense of well-being, happiness, and life satisfaction after their experience. Again, turning to research, a 2017 publication in the journal Frontiers in Pharmacology affirmed these feelings, noting that Ayahuasca can lead to significant improvements in general well-being and life satisfaction.
From our guests experiences and my own experience (I drink Ayahuasca once a month) it feels like you are 10 kilos lighter. Emotionally and spiritually.
6. Connection to Nature and Environment
One experience that many participants, including guests at LaWayra, often share is a newfound or deepened connection with nature. This isn’t just a fleeting feeling but has lasting impacts. Connecting deeply with the environment can lead to a greater appreciation for our planet, often driving individuals to make more sustainable choices in their daily lives.
Our day ceremonies are especially great for this because you get to see the nature without any filters and every flower appears like the work of art.
7. Improved Social Relationships
Post-Ayahuasca, many report improved relationships with those around them. Whether it’s family, friends, or colleagues, the introspective journey can provide clarity on interpersonal relationships, leading to healthier interactions and connections. A study from 2020 in PLOS ONE reinforced this, noting that Ayahuasca ceremonies often lead to improved social interactions and feelings of social inclusion.
At LaWayra we notice how people create long lasting bonds in just one week. It can be explained by enhances communication and openness. People even form friendships that last.
A Down-to-Earth Approach
Look, Ayahuasca isn’t a magical elixir, and it’s not for everyone. It’s essential to approach it with an open mind and heart, recognizing that each individual’s journey is unique. Here at LaWayra, we believe in offering a personal, caring, and grounded experience. For those curious about Ayahuasca, it’s paramount to remember: your experience is yours and yours alone, and the benefits you derive from it will be deeply personal.
– Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 2019;51(2):123-134.
– Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 2016;10:141.
– Current Drug Abuse Reviews, 2016;9(2):117-128.
– Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 2013;45(5):380-390.
– Frontiers in Pharmacology, 2017;8:974.
– PLOS ONE, 2020;15(3):e0228446.