Ayahuasca, also known as yagé in colombia and many countries, is a traditional spiritual medicine used by many of the indigenous peoples of the Amazonian regions of South America. It is a powerful entheogenic brew and has caught on as a popular experience among travellers in recent years, due to its reputation for giving people powerful insights into themselves, and supposedly its ability to offer life-changing experiences. Ayahuasca tourism is a somewhat controversial new addition to Colombia’s tourism portfolio, so should you take ayahuasca when travelling to Colombia?
The simple answer to that question is: it’s entirely up to you. Ayahuasca is not illegal in Colombia and it really is entirely up to the individual and how comfortable they are with taking the substance. While some people wrongly call ayahuasca a drug, it is not classified as such and its effects are generally classed as more spiritual than recreational. All this being said, there are many things to be aware of if you are planning to take ayahuasca on a trip to Colombia.
If you are gonna live al ayahuasca experience in colombia it is essential to remember that this substance is not a recreational drug and therefore, should not be taken recreationally, and should only be administered under the guidance of someone with knowledge of the substance, ideally a shaman or experienced user of ayahuasca. It is not a substance to be messed around with, as it contains a powerful mixture of different chemicals, including DMT.
Diet is another thing to consider if you are planning to take ayahuasca on a visit to Colombia. It is not recommended to consume certain foods and drinks in the days leading up to taking ayahuasca. This list includes red meat, dairy, fatty foods, and alcohol. You are also advised to abstain from sex in the days beforehand. In Colombia the retreats staff will advertise this diet, many people go into an ayahuasca experience too casually and have a bad time based on their failure to follow the correct diet.
One final element of an ayahuasca experience in colombia to consider is expectation management. Many people, after reading about the life-changing and transcendent impact ayahuasca has had on some people’s lives, end up feeling wonder when their experience is more than normal, or even very pleasant (with vomiting and diarrhea are common elements of an ayahuasca “trip” for the spiritual cleaning). In colombia the first time you take ayahuasca is very sure that it will change your life to be calm about that before entering into a unique and personal situation.
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