A recent study has revealed some unlikely benefits offered by the popular South American psychedelic brew, ayahuasca. It seems that the substances contained in the brew can make people feel significantly better, while serving as a possible solution to treat depression and alcoholism.
Ayahuasca might increase the feelings of wellbeing
The study has been developed by researchers from the University College London and the University of Exeter, as they wanted to see what effects ayahuasca has on the brain. The brew which gets traditionally consumed in the Amazonian area contains the psychoactive compound dimethyltryptamine (DMT). This substance is illegal in many countries, but it seems it can fight against alcoholism and depression.
Although it sounds a bit counterintuitive, the substance is good in combating addictions. In fact, this is the best hallucinogenic which can fight alcoholism symptoms, and returns better results than LSD, for instance, or mushrooms. Ayahuasca is not so widely used, so this is the first major study which analyzes its apparent benefits.
The Amazonian brew might be effective against alcohol abuse as well
So far, a few studies have looked at the effects of ayahuasca use in a religious context. They revealed that the brew doesn’t worsen any mental health condition, doesn’t cause addiction, and it doesn’t have a negative impact on one’s cognitive functions. On the contrary, they showed that regular ayahuasca consumption led to less alcohol abuse, and a better mental state.
For this particular study, researchers used data on more than 96,000 participants from the Global Drug Survey. They had all answered various questionnaires regarding their relationships and mental state, so the researchers could assess their levels of well-being. From all these participants, only 527 took ayahuasca regularly. From the others, 18,138 consumed either LSD or mushrooms, while the other 78,236 took no drugs with psychedelic effects.
After 12 months, ayahuasca users reported a lot higher levels of wellbeing, as compared to LSD or mushroom consumers. Given the results, the hallucinogen might soon be recognized for its great capabilities of treating depression and alcoholism.