What Is Ayahuasca Tea – A Simple Guide for Newbies

Last Updated: December 18, 2019

Ayahuasca Tea Definition

Ayahuasca (pronounced ‘’Aya-Waska’’) is a psychedelic drink –generally tea – made by cooking the stem of Banisteriopsis caapi with the leaves of Psychotria Viridis. Ayahuasca tea is believed to have healing qualities, and according to The Ayahuasca Foundation, over 90 indigenous Amazonian tribes have developed healing traditions around Ayahuasca throughout the history. Some report that having regular Ayahuasca experiences can lead to the creation of psychedelic-inspired art pieces.

Ingredients for Ayahuasca Tea

Even though preparing Ayahuasca to get high is illegal and in most countries a controlled substance when made into a tea, it is legal to buy and sell the ingredients used to make Ayahuasca tea. It is easy to purchase the different ingredients everything online or indeed purchase an ready made Ayahuasca kit from some websites.

The Spiritual Aspect of Preparing Ayahuasca Tea

Ayahuasca Tea
From the beginning Ayahuasca experiences are very spiritual as the traditional practice before consumption suggest is to speak to the brewing tea and listen to the sounds that it makes. Mind, body and spiritually connected exercise such as yoga or meditation before preparing and taking Ayahuasca, are found by many to be extremely complimentary to the preparation process. Other regular users suggest that before brewing Ayahuasca tea, blow on the vine and offer soft chants of gratitude towards God the Creator and earlier masters of the tradition.

How to Make Ayahuasca the Best Experience

The quality of an Ayahuasca experience depends highly on the preparation and the ceremonial rituals conducted. The most important step, even before beginning to prepare Ayahuasca tea is to release all expectations of what the trip might entail.

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Published on: May 18th, 2017

Updated on: December 18th, 2019

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Peter J. Grinspoon, MD

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  • Cee
    OMG did you NOT read the article??
  • Henk Lance
    I thought the toxic level of rye is at 15grams.