This Is How Ayahuasca Affects the Brain
The sacred plant-based medicine ayahuasca has been around for hundreds of years, used spiritually and ceremonially among tribes in South America. Recently, ayahuasca, also called grandmother, or the truth vine, has made its way outside tribal settings, as an increasingly popular method of healing and spiritual connection. This video by AsapSCIENCE explains how ayahuasca affects the brain.
Ayahuasca is a brew that combines the leaves of the Psychotria viridis plant boiled together with the Banisteriopsis caapi vine. Neither of these components has any power on their own, but together they are psychedelic. The ayahuasca brew contains DMT, a psychedelic chemical structurally similar to serotonin, and which also occurs endogenously in the human brain.