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My main reason for taking this treatment was spiritual self-exploration, but secondarily I was interested in exploring the causes of my sub clinical depression/anxiety and reliance on alcohol. Anyone contemplating use of ayahuasca must SERIOUSLY research potential interactions with other medications, particularly SSRIs, SNRIs, and MAOIs. There are also potentially dangerous interactions with other...

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SBHQ | Age: 35-44 | On supplement for 1 to 6 months |
8/9/2019
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My main reason for taking this treatment was spiritual self-exploration, but secondarily I was interested in exploring the causes of my sub clinical depression/anxiety and reliance on alcohol. Anyone contemplating use of ayahuasca must SERIOUSLY research potential interactions with other medications, particularly SSRIs, SNRIs, and MAOIs. There are also potentially dangerous interactions with other prescription and non-prescription medications like certain antihistamines and decongestants. Furthermore self-administration is not recommended without extensive research and experience. Ayahuasca usually contains two (sometimes more) plant ingredients and without proper knowledge about the correct ratio and the potency of ingredients on hand results could be counter-productive. Many substitutes are often used for the traditional ingredients to save money: this could lead to counterproductive results since only the aya vine (Banisteriopsis caapi) has the correct ratio of harmala alkaloids. Substitutes can be effective, but usually not as effective. My own experience has been varied. When using the traditional ingredients in low to moderate doses I found it very therapeutic. When I tried substitute ingredients it still had some efficacy, but side effects were more pronounced and somewhat frightening. My use of alcohol since beginning ayahuasca has clearly decreased and become less impulsive. It's hard to describe, but I simply think before I drink more than I used to and thus drink less whenever I do drink, which is less often than it used to be. I think that consuming ayahuasca in a supportive setting with an experienced guide is by far the best plan. Even having a non-experienced companion present should be considered essential, especially for those who are not accustomed to aya or other psychedelic/entheogenic medicines. It is certainly not for everyone. First consult an expert, preferably an M.D. or someone trained specifically in the traditional use of ayahuasca.Read More Read Less

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