Is Ayahuasca Safe?
In a word, Yes!
And, unlike in many other parts of the world, Ayahuasca use in Peru is completely legal.
A number of scientific studies have shown that Ayahuasca is both safe and extremely effective, leaving no lasting negative effects on any biological system. José Carlos Bouso et al concluded in their 2012 research paper, “Personality, Psychopathology, Life Attitudes and Neuropsychological Performance among Ritual Users of Ayahuasca: A Longitudinal Study” that:
The assessment of the impact of long-term ayahuasca use on mental health from various perspectives (personality, psychopathology, neuropsychology, life attitudes and psychosocial well-being) did not find evidence of pathological alterations in any of the spheres studied. Although ayahuasca-using subjects differed in some personality traits, differences did not fit with a pathological profile. Furthermore, ayahuasca users showed a lower presence of psychopathological symptoms compared to controls. They performed better in neuropsychological tests, scored higher in spirituality and showed better psychosocial adaptation as reflected by some attitudinal traits such as Purpose in Life and Subjective Well-Being. Overall differences with the control group were still observable at follow-up one year later.
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