Celebrities like Will Smith, Prince Harry and Ali Wong have all used this traditional Amazonian shamanic tea to help them deal with unresolved trauma. But what is it exactly? Here’s all you need to know about this mysterious brew!
Ayahuasca is a psychoactive plant mixture made from the Banisteriopsis caapi vine and the leaves of the Psychotria viridis plant. It is traditionally used in indigenous Amazonian shamanic practices, and is becoming increasingly popular in the Western world.
People describe the experience of taking Ayahuasca as a “journey” or a “trip,” as it can alter one’s consciousness and perception of reality.
The traditional way to prepare Ayahuasca involves boiling and drying the plant materials, and the resulting liquid is typically thick and brownish in color. It is often brewed with other plants or herbs to enhance the effects or to alter the flavor.
Will Smith’s had this tea 14 times
In his book “Will”, Will Smith recounts his journey to heal his broken heart. After splitting from his wife Jada Pinkett Smith in 2011, Smith embarked on a spiritual quest to find solace – through the powerful psychotropic tea, ayahuasca. He drank it 14 times, and during his trips, he encountered an ‘unseeable woman’ he called ‘Mother’. His trips led him to a powerful realization – that he didn’t need to rely on #1 movies or hit records to feel worthy of love. Smith recounts his story of healing, and finding the strength to move on.
What are the effects of Ayahuasca?
The effects of Ayahuasca can be both physical and psychological. Some people report feeling nausea or vomiting during an ayahuasca experience, which is often referred to as “purging.” The effects of Ayahuasca can vary greatly from person to person, and depend on a variety of factors such as the individual’s mindset, expectations, and the specific preparation and dose of the Ayahuasca.
Psychological effects can include:
- Intense and vivid visions or hallucinations.
- Altered states of consciousness.
- Changes in perception and emotion.
Some people report having spiritual or mystical experiences, while others may have more challenging experiences. So, if you’re looking to explore the power of Ayahuasca, make sure to do your research and be prepared for the journey ahead!
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