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Ayahuasca Increases Salivary Cortisol Levels in Patients with Treatment-Resistant Major Depression and Healthy Controls

Researchers are investigating the antidepressant effect of several psychedelic substances, including ayahuasca. Ayahuasca is a psychedelic beverage that has medicinal, religious, and ceremonial uses among the indigenous peoples of the Amazon basin. It is a decoction of two plants, caapi (Banisteriopsis caapi, Malpighiaceae) stem, and chacruna (Psychotria Viridis, Rubiaceae) leaf. Ayahuasca contains the hallucinogenic constituent N, N-dimethyltryptamine (N, N-DMT), which

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