Could The Psychedelic Drug Ayahuasca Cure Depression?

Though studies are limited, what we do know about ayahuasca seems to suggest the hallucinogen can help those struggling with mental illness.

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Ayahuasca Psychedelic Tested for Depression
“A psychedelic drink used for centuries in healing ceremonies is now attracting the attention of biomedical scientists as a possible treatment for depression. Researchers from Brazil last month published results from the first clinical test of a potential therapeutic benefit for ayahuasca, a South American plant-based brew.”

Why do people take ayahuasca?
“British student Henry Miller, 19, died in Colombia after apparently consuming the traditional hallucinogenic drink ayahuasca, or yage. Emma Thelwell, who took the drug herself, explains why it has become a rite of passage for some backpackers.”

Ayahuasca: Psychedelic Tea from the Amazon
“Ayahuasca is an herbal drink made from plants that grow in the Amazon jungle. For centuries, this tea has been used in healing ceremonies. The drink causes hallucinations and is said to have spiritual and therapeutic benefits. In recent years, it has attracted the attention of Western medicine as a possible treatment for depression.”

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