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Psychedelic Drink Ayahuasca Causes Mental Health Problems, New Study Reveals

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New research about Ayahuasca revealed its side effect. (Photo: Healthline)

A new study revealed that the psychedelic drink Ayahuasca can cause mental health problems and long-term side effects.

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New research about Ayahuasca revealed its side effect. (Photo: Healthline)

Results of the New Study About Ayahuasca

A global study, the first of its kind, was conducted on more than 10,000 people living in more than 50 countries about their experiences in drinking Ayahuasca. According to a report published in the Daily Mail, this is known as an Ancient South American brew.

The researchers found the following:

  • 70 percent experienced at least one adverse physical effect during or shortly after consuming the drink.
  • More than half said they had negative mental health issues while on Ayahuasca.
  • One in five said they suffered disturbing thoughts or nightmares, hallucinations, or felt disconnected.
  • More than five in 10 people said the mental health issues stuck with them for ‘weeks or months.

Moreover, the most common side effects reported were vomiting or nausea, headache, and abdominal pain, but a small number of the respondents experienced seizures.

Author of the Research Released a Statement

Many users of Ayahuasca see these side effects as part of the healing process. However, this raises an alarm for the author of the study especially, since this brew is now becoming increasingly popular.

The author said Many are turning to ayahuasca due to disenchantment with conventional Western mental health treatments, however, the disruptive power of this traditional medicine should not be underestimated, commonly resulting in mental health or emotional challenges during assimilation.”

He also added, “While these are usually transitory and seen as part of a beneficial growth process, risks are greater for vulnerable individuals or when used in unsupportive contexts.”