In recent times, it was found that a psychedelic brew ayahuasca has a healing properties when used as a treatment for alcoholism and depression, and that this Amazonian brew improves one`s general wellbeing.
Exeter University and University College London have conducted a long term study that has confirmed that DMT (dimethyltryptamine), an ayahuasca compound, which is a psychedelic illegal in the U.K. and U.S.A., has an ability to treat depression and to improve the sense of general wellbeing.
It has also been proven that this potent brew is capable of fighting off various addiction problems, including alcoholism. It has been found that, when compared to other hallucinogens, DMT is far more effective in keeping drinking addiction under control among severe alcoholics. This research study is the largest study done so far that observed the effects of DMT and ayahuasca.
As acknowledged by Professor Celia Morgan from Exeter University, several research studies have observed the long term effects of ayahuasca (that was used regularly in the religious context). These research studies proved that long term ayahuasca usage does not impact cognitive ability, that it doesn’t worse mental health problems, and that it doesn’t create addiction. As a matter of fact, ayahuasca usage actually helps combat with drug and alcohol addiction.
For the purpose of this study they gathered data from more than 96.000 participants that took part in an online survey. They used Personal Wellbeing Index for measurement of wellbeing, which includes scales for measuring the sense of achievement, personal relationships, and connection with the community. Study included 96.000 participants, 18,138 of which were LSD or magic mushrooms users, 527 were ayahuasca users, and 78.236 were not using any psychedelic.
As revealed by this study, consumption of ayahuasca brew alone results in only few psychoactive effects. DMT from ayahuasca is digested in the gastrointestinal system where it remains inactive unless MAOI (monoamine oxidase inhibitor) is ingested all-together. A plant that contains MAOI should be mixed with DMT in order a hallucinogenic effect to be provoked. When it happens, the hallucinogenic effect starts, and it lasts for about six hours. The hallucinogenic effect is strongest right after the consumption, and the ayahuasca users have reported significantly better general wellbeing than other participants, according to this research study
Dr. Will Lawn, University College London, claims that this study confirms the notion that ayahuasca should be used in a psychiatric medicine as a promising and safe treatment for disorders connected with alcohol usage and depression. As this study is purely observational, and not experimental, additional research studies are needed that will include controlled trials in order causality to be determined.
Although this study showed the potential of ayahuasca, it must be taken into account that users of ayahuasca that took part in this study have had more than average drinking level. Therefore additional studies are required to gain an in-depth knowledge of ayahuasca potential, as well as to be examined a link between ayahuasca usage and mental health, addictions, and wellbeing.