Ayahuasca is an herbal drink used during certain rituals in countries in the Amazon. It contains chemicals that affect the brain and might be unsafe.

The word "ayahuasca" comes from the words, aya, meaning spirit or soul, and huasca, meaning rope or vine, in the Quechua language. Ayahuasca is often made from the plants Banisteriopsis caapi and Psychotria viridis. The chemicals in ayahuasca are of interest for reducing symptoms of depression and improving mood.

Ayahuasca is used for suicide prevention, depression, grief, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

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