Ayahuasca effects
February 2 2017

Many people journey with ayahuasca as a way to enhance their overall quality of life and experience an extraordinary state of perception, as do others who journey with psychedelic mushrooms.

I know several people who have taken part in ayahuasca ceremonies. I have noticed a change in them afterwards. They have become kinder and sweeter.

Personality changes
J Psychoactive Drugs. 2009; A six-month prospective evaluation of personality traits, psychiatric symptoms and quality of life in ayahuasca-naïve subjects.

Barbosa PC, Cazorla IM, Giglio JS, Strassman R. Departamento de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas, Universidade Estadual de Santa Cruz (UESC), Ilhéus, Bahia, Brazil.

The authors assessed 23 subjects immediately before and six months (27 weeks) after their first ayahuasca experience in an urban Brazilian religious setting, either Santo Daime or União do Vegetal. Measures included scores on instruments assessing psychiatric symptoms, personality variables and quality of life. Independent variables were the frequency of ayahuasca use throughout the period and the length of ayahuasca wash-out after six months. Santo Daime subjects had a significant reduction of minor psychiatric symptoms, improvement of mental health, and a change in attitude towards more confidence and optimism. The União do Vegetal group had a significant decrease in physical pain, and attitude change towards more independence. Independence was positively correlated with the frequency of ayahuasca use and negatively correlated with the wash-out period. We discuss possible mechanisms by which these changes may occur and suggest areas for future research.