Researchers from ICEERS found that ritualistic use of ayahuasca can be incorporated into western society with impressive benefits for public health. The study, published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, measured the health of ayahuasca drinkers using similar methodology governments use to measure the overall public health of a community. 380 participants were surveyed face-to-face at locations […]
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.