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    Appane, Ayahoasca, Caapi, Chacrona, Chacruna, Chaliponga, Daime, Hoasca, Jagube, Jurema, Kawa, Mariri, Natem, Ooasca, Queen, Rainha, Soulvine, Yagé, Yajé.

    AYAHUASCA Overview
    AYAHUASCA Side Effects
    AYAHUASCA Interactions
    AYAHUASCA Dosing
    AYAHUASCA Overview Information

    Ayahuasca is an herbal drink. It contains chemicals that affect the brain. It is used during certain religious rituals. It is also used as a medicine.

    Ayahuasca is used for suicide prevention, depression, anxiety, panic, and symptoms related to trauma. It is also used to control impulses, for sleep problems, pain, cancer, and to help people addicted to drugs and alcohol quit using them.

    How does it work?

    Ayahuasca contains chemicals that affect the brain. These chemicals might help reduce symptoms of depression and improve mood.

    AYAHUASCA Uses & Effectiveness What is this?

    Insufficient Evidence for:

    • Depression. Early research shows that taking ayahuasca once might improve depression symptoms within 80 minutes of treatment. The effect might last for up to 3 weeks.
    • Drug and alcohol addiction.
    • Suicide prevention.
    • Anxiety, panic, and trauma symptoms.
    • Impulse control.
    • Sleep problems.
    • Pain.
    • Cancer.
    • Other conditions.
    More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of ayahuasca for these uses.

    AYAHUASCA Side Effects & Safety

    Ayahuasca is LIKELY UNSAFE when taken by mouth. Ayahuasca contains chemicals that can cause hallucinations, tremors, dilated pupils, increased blood pressure, nausea, and vomiting. Life-threatening side effects and death have also been linked with ayahuasca use.

    Special Precautions & Warnings:

    Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Ayahuasca is LIKELY UNSAFE when taken by mouth. Along with causing hallucinations and other serious side effects, there is concern that ayahuasca might be toxic to the fetus if used during pregnancy. Avoid using.

    Bipolar disorder: Ayahuasca might increase the risk of having a manic episode in people with bipolar disorder. Do not use ayahuasca if you have bipolar disorder.

    AYAHUASCA Interactions What is this?

    We currently have no information for AYAHUASCA Interactions

    AYAHUASCA Dosing

    The appropriate dose of ayahuasca depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for ayahuasca. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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