In the last two decades there has been a surge of scientific and lay interest in Ayahuasca. Here, I would like to briefly highlight the salient points of a recent review, published in Frontiers in Pharmacology in March of 2016 that aimed to summarize what is currently known about ayahuasca.
Recently, one of the most prestigious scientific journals, Nature, highlighted research conducted by a team of Brazilian from the University of São Paulo on the antidepressant effects of a single dose of ayahuasca on a group of six individuals suffering from major depression. In that study, researchers demonstrated that ayahuasca was able to alleviate symptoms of depression within hours of intake and that the antidepressant effects persisted for weeks afterward.
New research posits that the ayahuasca experience shares several commonalities with the practice of mindfulness meditation.
A team of researchers from Sant Pau has looked into the long-term use of ayahuasca and its association with changes in brain structure and personality.