Ayahuasca has grown in popularity as a holistic healing tool, but you may be sceptical about its effects. Ayahuasca has been used as a traditional medicine in Amazonian cultures for centuries. However, some people mistake it for a drug due to one of its central components: DMT.
Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) is classified as a psychedelic drug and criminalised in many parts of the world. However, it’s also a naturally occurring chemical in some plants and even our own bodies. DMT is vastly different from its use in Ayahuasca when used as a street drug.
Many misunderstandings surround Ayahuasca due to DMT. If you’re interested in Ayahuasca’s spiritual and medicinal uses, it’s essential to separate fact from fiction. Read on to discover what you need to know about DMT and Ayahuasca.
What Is DMT?
DMT is a naturally occurring chemical. As mentioned above, it occurs in some plants and even the human brain. DMT creates an altered state of consciousness that varies with each experience.
Everyone has experienced a DMT-induced state to some degree. The pineal gland releases the chemical during mental states like dreaming, meditation, or near-death experiences. What we experience can have a long-lasting influence when we come out of these states.
People have utilised DMT’s presence in plants for hundreds of years. Plants like Ayahuasca (including its vine) and chacruna containing DMT have seen use in traditional medicine and spiritual ceremonies in many South American cultures.
The Experience of DMT
DMT is not currently known to be addictive in any form, but that doesn’t mean that the drug is without risk. Perhaps the most significant challenge to users is the inability to measure its effects beforehand. As a result, everything from what you’ll experience to how long the effect will last is unique to the individual.
Some people report out-of-body experiences, using their senses in a new way, or feeling time somehow slow down, to name a few. However, there’s no rhyme or reason to what you’ll experience with DMT. You may not be consciously aware of how you react to these hallucinations, so it is important to ensure that you are in a safe place and preferably guided by an experienced spirit guide.
DMT Side Effects
The mental side effects of DMT can include depersonalisation, euphoria, and a floating sensation alongside vivid hallucinations. However, DMT also carries physical side effects that should be considered. These may include nausea, labored breathing, increased blood pressure, and disorientation.
Because the hallucinations can appear vividly, users may act as though they are real. This is why it is crucial to experience DMT in a safe setting with a guide that can usher you through the process and help you remain grounded.
How is Ayahuasca Different Than DMT?
Researchers have noted marked differences between Ayahuasca and synthetic DMT. Ayahuasca is, at the very least, more respected as holistic medicine.
The critical difference is strength. The amount of DMT present in Ayahuasca is less than most synthetic DMT. As a street drug, makers of DMT aim to make it as potent as possible, so users experience strong psychedelic effects. In that sense, Ayahuasca is much easier to measure and prepare.
Compared to synthetic DMT, Ayahuasca is often considered safer, because Ayahuasca is usually administered by a shaman in a group setting, such as an Ayahuasca retreat. While you may still experience negative feelings or frightening thoughts at points in the process, trained professionals are on hand to keep you safe and grounded in reality. The community aspect is essential to the spiritual uses of Ayahuasca.
Duration of effects is also different. Ayahuasca can take up to an hour to have noticeable effects when brewed. However, it generally lasts for a few hours.
During ceremonies, participants ingest Ayahuasca brewed in a warm cup of tea. They remain calm yet focused during the entire Ayahuasca ceremony. Facilitators help them breathe deeply and stay present with their experience without being overwhelmed by it.
Ayahuasca ceremonies can have different goals. Commonly, they help participants experience great insight or understanding. They can also help participants overcome severe trauma.
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