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

Ayahuasca Increases “Acceptance” Capacities

There is a growing interest in the use of psychedelics such as ayahuasca for the treatment of psychiatric disorders. Used ritually and medicinally by indigenous Amazonian peoples for centuries, ayahuasca is a decoction prepared from caapi (Banisteriopsis caapi, Malpighiaceae) stem and chacruna (Psychotria viridis, Rubiaceae) leaf or chagropanga (Diplopterys cabrerana, Malpighiaceae) leaf. In clinical studies, ayahuasca … Continue reading Ayahuasca Increases “Acceptance” Capacities