Most people reading this blog understand that ayahuasca is not a recreational drug in any way. In fact those who seek out ayahuasca “for the trip” are in for a rude awakening. The reason I am writing this is that for a very long time I had a hard time articulating why ayahuasca is not a drug to other people who were not familiar with ayahuasca. I would try to explain its’ medicinal benefits, tell them to look at all the research online, Etc… The response after these explanations was usually a blank stare and a response like, “So it is like taking mushrooms in the jungle then?” After being frustrated for a long time with this, I think I have come up with what I think is a relatively articulate way of explaining away the “ayahuasca is not a drug” issue.
Recreational drugs intoxicate, and technically so does ayahuasca. Drinking ayahuasca will cause loss of motor skills, dizziness, and her famous visions. This is where the similarity between ayahuasca and recreational drugs end.
Recreational drugs are taken to escape daily life. They are used to deaden perceived emotional pain, heartbreak, loneliness, depression, etc…
Recreational drugs provide a temporary escape. Recreational drugs are just masking the symptoms of the problem (pharmacuticals act in a similar manner). Sometimes recreational drugs enhance/increase the very issues one is trying to escape. Then, as soon as the high is over, the problems return with the added bonus of a hangover, a stone-over, or withdrawal. In fact, after the effects of a recreational drug have worn off, the problem that the person was trying to avoid may have gotten worse due to the drug usage.
Ayahuasca is drunk to heal. It is taken to confront, deal with, accept and/or if appropriate let go of these issues.
Solutions and healing with ayahuasca can be permanent. Ayahuasca goes to the source of the problem. Ayahuasca straightens out crossed energies and teaches. This is done through visions, realizations, and/or work done at the subconscious level. Realizations and healing that happen during and after an ayahuasca ceremony “stick”. In fact with ayahuasca realizations, learning, and healing continues for some time after ceremony as the medicine continues to do its work for days, weeks or even months afterwards. If one does a full ayahuasca dieta they may return home to find that “for some strange reason” they are doing things in new and better ways. We have heard several accounts of how ayahuasca has caused people to be drawn to better foods, meditation, and other spiritual practices once they have returned home.
Recreational drugs are detrimental to your health. No one will argue that recreational drugs affect your physical and mental health in a negative way.
Ayahuasca is good for your health. The best source to cite is the UDV (Uniao De Vegital Church) Study started back in 1993. Essentially the ayahuasca drinkers tested equal to or better than the control group on ALL markers- physical and psychological. In fact, participants tested much better than the control group in terms of depression, addiction, and psychosis. An excellent example is Maestro Don Roldan Galindo in Jenaro Hererra- he has been drinking ayahuasca for over 30 years and is now 74 years old. This guy continues to do hard physical labor in the Amazon Jungle without issue. I have seen him lift and carry 100+lbs logs (logs I could not carry) without hesitation nor over exertion. Personally at the age of 42 I feel more energetic and healthy than I did in my mid 20’s.
N’uff said. I hope this is helpful for some people trying to explain to others why ayahuasca is not a “drug”. It is medicine.
Book Recommendation: ”A New Earth”, Ekhardt Tolle
“A New Earth” does an amazing job of explaining what the ego is, how it works and how to start diminishing it. We are huge fans of Dr. David Hawkins work, but it can be a bit dense. ”A New Earth” is a much more accessible text than Hawkin’s many books. Check it out.