Basically, this medicine takes you on a journey to your own subconscious mind. What you will encounter can therefore not be predicted: it is a very personal experience. The effects of ayahuasca depend on many factors. These factors consist of:
- personal factors (past conditionings, experience, expectation, physical condition, etc.)
- the environment in which it is used (busy, calm, familiar, unsafe, etc.)
- the strength of the brew and the dose taken (the origin of the plants and brewing process).
The mental effects of the medicine often predominate. Many users report receiving insights into one’s own (way of) life, or healing through the reliving of past (traumatic) experiences and seeing them in a different light. Some users talk about magical or religious experiences. The various effects of the ayahuasca brew mainly center around purification of the soul and the release of repressed emotions, having spiritual progress as the end goal. This is only possible if it is used in the right setting, where there is support and knowledge about the sacred plant medicine.
During the journey there will be a change of your perception, you will experience the world around you differently. People sometimes describe an HD-vision, which makes things more colorful and intensive. But your auditory perception can change as well. Often, users speak of a completely different experience of time and space.
Besides the mental and psychological effects, there can also be physical effects: nausea, purging and/or intestinal cramps.