And travel on a pricey Pachamama trip down to the rainforest, where you too can take an hallucinogenic drug with an actual shaman.
Dear Xythos, what you say about ayahuasca is scary. A rather fragile friend said she wanted to go to Peru and do it and I did some background research and was alarmed.
If my sources are accurate, ayahuasca is powerful stuff.
1) It interacts with most and perhaps all antidepressants and psychotropic drugs because one of the herbs used in the ayahuasca preparation is, pharmacologically a Mono Amine Oxidase Inhibitor, which also interacts with common food items that contain tyramine, such as fermented products, red wine, figs, chocolate, blue cheese and red wine.
So anyone taking (say) an antidepressant would have to wean themselves completely before taking ayahuasca otherwise they could risk a catastrophic rise in blood pressure and other problems--a bad deal if you're in the jungle.
2) Ayahuasca makes people vomit and purge, so its physically stressful. Persons in fragile health are well advised to avoid this.
3) If ego structure is fragile the ensuing trip might be way too much to handle.
John Horgan, in his book, Rational Mysticism, has description of an ayahuasca trip he took with some people. At the end, the guide said it was a quiet night...no one had any freakouts thinking they were going crazy or dying.
And...Horgan arranged to do this in the US, in California, not in a foreign country, in a jungle, thousands of miles from home.
And given what xythos said about some persons risking dependency on Ayahuasca, I think Horgan mentioned that a couple of the people he tripped with reported they had become fond of taking the stuff. Once was not enough.
Given that the profit motive is strong, what are the odds that persons into Ayahuasca tourism would have the knowledge and incentive to quiz people about their health and drug histories and know which persons to advise against it?
To say, "You are not at this time in any condition to take a trip to South America and do ayahuasca" would mean turning down a couple thousand bucks.
How many of us are ethical enough to do that...?
It's been a few years since I've been on the forum. What brings me back is this:
Some of the est founding people, who turned into the Landmark people, have now become the Pachamama people and the Awakening the Dreamer people. I'll leave you to google those organizations.
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