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Ayahuasca: A Plant-Based Psychedelic

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Psychedelics treatment affects all the senses, altering a person’s thinking, sense of time and emotions

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Ayahuasca is a decoction made by prolonged heating or boiling of the Banisteriopsis caapi vine with the leaves of the Psychotria viridis shrub

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Although there can be a variety of other plants included in the decoction for different traditional purposes

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There is no safe level of drug use. Use of any drug always carries some risk. It’s important to be careful when taking any type of drug

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Ayahuasca has been used for centuries by First Nations peoples from contemporary Peru, Brazil, Colombia and Ecuador for religious ritual and therapeutic purposes

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Ayahuasca can have varied effects depending on a person’s mood or the environment they are in the setting

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Some people may have negative experiences taking psychedelics, or experiences they find challenging

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Ayahuasca does not appear to have a negative impact on the body

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The effects of taking ayahuasca with other drugs − including over-the-counter or prescribed medications − can be unpredictable and dangerous