Ayahuasca Interactions

It is important that you comply with the recommendations of the shamans. You can read the documents below to have more comprehensive information on all types of interaction and indepth studies.

When you enroll on one of our events, a document is sent with guidelines on your preparation. Please notify the shamans in case of doubt for any medication you might be taking, heart conditions and special food diets followed.

Different illnesses may require a bit of research on our part and discussion with colleagues or specialists to see how a patient can be accommodated or verify if the process is useful in each individual case. See also our Frequently Asked Questions section on the Retreats menu.

Preparing, general guidelines by Onanya Joni

A few simple guidelines on the preparation recommended by Onanya Joni.Two simplified documents can be found on our Retreats page about preparing before and following recommendations after Retreats or Diets.

Interactions with Cannabis, Marijuana

Smoking marijuana before the Ayahuasca session may stupefy and darken the overall experience acting as a blockage for the visionary plant to manifest in the fullest way. Given the general amplified sensitivity of all participants of an Ayahuasca session, it is a verified fact of marijuana negatively affecting not just the one who used it, but also potentially other participants’ experience and overall energy level of the medicine circle.

Ayahuasca toxicity and its uses

Ayahuasca, toxicity and limitations on its use

Written by Jacques Mabit, this document considers different issues that may affect the process as observed in a 25 years experience at Takiwasi Center.

SOURCE: https://takiwasi.com/docs/arti_ing/pubing01.pdf


Ayahuasca, toxicity and limitations on its use

Ayahuasca and its analogs are aqueous solutions, traditionally made in the Amazon from the vine of Banisteriopsis and the leaves of Psychotria viridis. The orally inactive tryptamines are orally activated in the presence of monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI) extracted from the Banisteriopsis vine. The mechanism of MAOI can be used to potentiate most classes of tryptamines as well as many other classes of drugs. There is current worldwide interest in Ayahuasca for entheogenic exploration. Moreover, its analysis as a natural MAOI has caused attention to be directed towards the more potent, synthetic MAOIs.(1) We aim to reduce harm and promote safety by expounding on potential contraindications of MAOIs with foods and pharmaceuticals.

SOURCE: https://maps.org/news-letters/v06n1/06158mao.html

Foods and Meds to avoid with MAOIs

Ayahuasca, toxicity and limitations on its use

An easy to read guide with food examples, list of substances to avoid in common drugs and supplements

SOURCE: http://www.ayahuasca.com/science/foods-and-meds-to-avoid-with-maois/