Ayahuasca tea is the result of a mixture of two plants and herbs: the jagube vine and the chacrona bush. The relationship of use by peoples of the forest has led scientists to research more about its benefits.
So far, what is clear is that Ayahuasca tea is responsible for activating areas related to memory and vision in the human brain.
The drink is seen as hallucinogenic, where users believe they are having mystical visions. Its excessive consumption can also have consequences for people’s health.
Ayahuasca tea in rituals
Ayahuasca tea is used in religious rituals, such as the Santo Daime. The sect unites two different cultures: Christianity and indigenous.
It emerged in the 1920s, in Acre, and has been spreading throughout the country. The appearance of the sect is part of the vision of a rubber tapper.
He claims that Nossa Senhora da Conceição guided him to clear the forest and seek the teachings brought by her to create a new religion.
Used in rituals, Ayahuasca tea provides a hallucinogenic effect, inducing the spiritual and bodily cleansing preached by religion.
In it, with the consumption of tea, the intention is to connect with the ancestors and the forces of nature. Drinking also provokes a sentimental and physical cleansing, at least that is what the members of the religion defend.
Benefits of Ayahuasca Tea
The drink is made up of some combined substances, including: dimethyltryptamine, harmine, harmaline and tetrahydroharmine.
The first of them causes the hallucinogenic effect in people who consume it. This effect has a varying duration between 10 minutes and an hour, depending on the reaction of each organism.
Already harmine, harmaline and tetrahydroharmine are responsible for the sensation of pleasure reported by drink consumers.
These substances increase the levels of serotonin in the brain, which is seen by many as a natural antidepressant. As for its medicinal use, no evidence has been scientifically proven.
However, when ayahuasca tea is consumed in excess, it can trigger feelings of unease in people, with nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.